The Owls snatched their second straight victory after a physical contest against Tulsa on Thursday night.
“Temple Tuff is real…These guys fight and they’re tough and they’re competitive and they’re physical”, Geoff Collins said following the victory.
Defense was the theme of the night for the Owls. After a slow start from the offense, Temple got on the board following an interception returned for a touchdown by Ty Mason.
It took the offense until the second quarter to find the end zone. Anthony Russo, who started over the injured Frank Nutile, rushed for a 1-yard to score.
Rock Ya-Sin then intercepted Tulsa’s Luke Skipper for Temple’s second forced turnover.
The next Owl to reach the end zone was Ryquell Armstead. After a lengthy drive Armstead found pay dirt with a 22-yard run.
Offensively, Armstead was the Owls most consistent player. He broke several personal milestones such as rushing for over 100 yards in 3 consecutive games, moving to 4th in Temple’s all-time rushing touchdown leader board, and rushing for over 2,000 yards in his collegiate career. Armstead even got involved defensively acquiring his first career sack.
However, Armstead is more focused on winning.
“Milestone’s are great, but the most important thing is getting a great team win tonight”
Not to be out done, Temple continued its dominance by forcing a total of 5 turnovers on the night. The final blow to Tulsa was a forced fumble from Sam Franklin, which was then recovered by Chapelle Russell.
The final score of the game was 31-17 in favor of the Owls. Temple will face off against #23 Boston College next Saturday at noon.