On Saturday, September 24th, in front of a homecoming crowd of 27,786 fans at Lincoln Financial Field, the Temple Owls looked to even their 2016 record at 2-2 when they faced off against the Charlotte 49ers. The game was the final tune up for the defending East Division AAC champion Owls before starting conference play against SMU on October 1st.
Temple got off to a slow start and after a 49ers TD pass from QB Kevin Olsen to Workpeh Kofa, the Owls found themselves trailing Charlotte 7-3 at the end of the first quarter. That’s when the Owls woke up. On the first play of the 2nd quarter, Temple QB Phillip Walker connected with Adonis Jennings on a 51-yard touchdown strike to put the Owls up 10-3. They never looked back.
Eight minutes later, Jahad Thomas rushed for a 13 yard TD, which was soon followed by Walker’s 2nd TD toss of the day, this time a 40 yard score to Brodrick Yancy. The Owls weren’t finished there. With under a minute to play in the 2nd quarter, Ryquell Armstead plunged into the end-zone from 1 yard out to cap a 28 point 2nd quarter, sending Temple into the locker room at half time with a 31-7 lead.
Charlotte tried to claw its way back and opened the 3rd quarter scoring on a pretty 66 yard TD run by Kalif Phillips to cut the lead to 31-14. The Owls answered right back and then some, adding two more touchdowns (each a 1 yard run from Thomas and Amstead) to balloon their lead to 45-14. Temple closed out its scoring in the 4th quarter the same way it began the scoring in the 1st quarter, on a FG from Austin Jones. The 49ers would add one more touchdown with the game already far out of reach (missing the extra point) to lose by the final score of 48-20.
It was a very successful day for head coach Matt Rhule and the Temple Owls on both sides of the ball. They will look to capitalize on their success next Saturday at noon when SMU rolls into Lincoln Financial Field to open conference play.
[Photos by: Rick Pettine]
[Article by David Miller]
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