Temple suffers 32-17 loss to Toledo in Boca Raton bowl in college football

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     Temple tied a school record with 10 wins this season in college football. But in the Boca Raton bowl with Toledo (10-2), on December 23 it fell 32-17.
    Temple (10-4) managed just 67 yards in total offense in the first half but were only down 12-3 at the break. It then added two field goals in the third quarter and shut out Toledo to trail just 12-9 after three quarters.
     The Owls got a touchdown and a two-point coversion in the fourth quarter but they gave up 20 points on defense and suffered the loss.

Temple loses American Athletic Conference football championship Saturday 24-13 to Houston

Temple suffered a 24-13 setback in college football on Saturday, losing to Houston at Houston in the American Athletic Conference championship game.

Houston (12-1) is now probably headed to either the Peach Bowl or the Fiesta Bowl.

Temple (10-3), meanwhile, will wait until the college football bowl selection show this Sunday to find out where they will play in the postseason.

Houston was led by Greg Ward, Jr. Saturday as he ran for 148 yards.

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Temple ranked 22nd in final college football playoff ranking, 20th by the Associated Press

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This Sunday will be college football’s Bowl Selection Show.  On Tuesday, Temple was ranked #22 in the final College Football Playoff Ranking.

 This past Sunday the Owl’s (10-2) were ranked #20 in the Associated Press Poll, their best AP ranking of the season.

The Owls face Houston (10-2) at Houston this Saturday for the American Athletic Conference football championship.  The game will be at noon (E.S.T.) on ABC television.

Temple wins East Division of the American Athletic Conference in college football

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Last Saturday was special for the Temple Owls’ college football squad.
They defeated Connecticut 27-3 at home and captured the East Division of the American Athletic Conference.

They will now face Houston in the inaugural AAC title game on December 5th in Houston.  Houston is 10-2 overall and 7-1 in the AAC’s West Division.

Temple improved to 10-2 overall and 7-1 in the AAC East.  This tied the school record for  wins in a season with the 1979 Owls’ football squad.

Matakevich of Temple named a finalist for major defensive player award in college fo

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     Tyler Matakevich, a senior linebacker at Temple, is now a finalist for the Chuck Bednarik award given annually to the nation’s best defensive player in college football.
     The other two finalists this season are Penn State’s Carl Nassib and Alabama’s Reggie Ragland.
     The winner of the award will be announced December 10th.
     Matakevich is the only FBS player this season to lead his team in tackles in every game and is a big reason the Owl’s are 9-2 overall and 6-1 in the American Athletic Conference this season.
     He is just the seventh FBS college football player to record at least 100 tackles in all four seasons of playing. He also leads the nation in interceptions among linebackérs with a career-high five this year. In 2015, he also has a career-high in sacks (4) and tackles for loss (11.5).

Temple hosts Connecticut Saturday in college football

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     A lot rides on Temple’s college football clash with Connecticut this Saturday. The game is being nationally televised by ESPNU beginning at 7 p.m. (E.S.T.).
     The Owls, (9-2 overall and 6-1 in the American Athletic Conference), clinch the East Division of the AAC with a win. A win also clinches them a berth in the inaugural AAC title game December 5th.
     A Temple loss against Connecticut (6-5 and 4-3) combined with a win by South Florida (7-4 and 5-2) Saturday over UCF (0-11) puts South Florida in the AAC title game.
     Connecticut would love to upset the Owls, who are ranked 25th in the nation by the Associated Press.


Temple jumps into the college football Top 25 for the fifth time in 2015

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Fresh off a 31-12 victory over Memphis on November 22nd in college football, the Temple Owls jumped back into the Associated Press Top 25 college football rankings this past Sunday afternoon.

This marks the fifth time in the 2015 college football season that Temple has been ranked in the Top 25, already a school record for one season.

The Owls, 9-2 overall and 6-1 in the American Athletic Conference, play Connecticut (6-5 and 4-3) this Saturday at home in Philadelphia.

They hope to be in the inaugural AAC title game on December 5th if they can win the East Division of the AAC.  They are currently one game ahead of South Florida in the East standings.  Navy (9-1 and 7-0) currently leads the AAC’s West standings.

Temple battles a tough Memphis team at home Saturday in college football in American Athletic Conference play

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Both the Temple Owls and the Memphis Tigers are 8-2 this season in college football.  They battle this Saturday at noon (E.S.T.) at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia in a home game for the Owls.

Temple wants to go to the American Athletic Conference title game on December 5th.  Another loss could put South Florida there instead.  USF defeated Temple 44-23 last Saturday at South Florida.
Memphis is eliminated from AAC West contention but a win over Temple on Saturday could improve its bowl position at the end of the regular season.

Both teams could potentially get into a New Year’s Six bowl game with a win, but they would need help from other teams in the next three weeks for that to happen.

Temple’s Matakevich named a semifinalist for major defensive player award

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Temple senior linebacker Tyler Matakevich has been named a semifinalist for the Lott IMPACT Trophy, named after Hall of Fame football legend Ronnie Lott.

College football’s top defensive player is annually awarded The Lott IMPACT Trophy due to their outstanding character and performance on the field. The award ceremony will be held December 13th at the Pacific Club in Newport Beach, California.

Matakevich has 96 tackles this season for the 8-2 Owls, including 12 tackles for loss and four sacks. He is second in the American Athletic Conference for interceptions with five so far this season..

Matakevich is trying to become the first Temple football player and seventh in FBS history to record 100 tackles or more in all four seasons of playing.  He is the third Temple football player in school history to do this in his first three seasons of playing.

The Owls, who lost to South Florida 44-23 last Saturday, fell out of the Associated Press’ Top 25 poll this week.  They face Memphis (8-2) at home this Saturday at noon (E.S.T) at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.

South Florida upsets Temple Saturday in college football

South Florida upsets Temple Saturday in college football

South Florida running back Marlon Mack rushed for 230 yards and USF crushed and upset the favored Temple Owls 44 to 23 Saturday at South Florida in college football.

Temple is now 8 and 2 overall and 5 and 1 in the American Athletic Conference while USF improved to 6 and 4 and 4 and 2. Both are in the AAC’s East Division.

Temple just gave up too many big plays Saturday as USF has now won four in a row and five of six games after a 1 and 3 beginning to the 2015 campaign.

Temple quarterback P.J. Walker threw for 259 yards Saturday but threw for just one touchdown and one interception.

“It was just one of those nights where nothing really went well,” Temple head coach Matt Ruhle said to the Associated Press Saturday. ” We have a lot to fix.  {The Temple players} know where they stand.  They’ve earned the right to control their own destiny. They won eight games. That’s a credit, but we have to get back to playing better football.”