Temple upsets Connecticut 55-53 in men’s basketball

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     Temple just opened American Conference play in men’s basketball recently
and are now 7-6 overall and 2-1 in conference action.
     The Owls split their first two conference games, beating Cincinnati 77-70
and losing to Houston 77-50 before upsetting Connecticut 55-53 on Tuesday.
     In the win over Cincinnati Daniel Dingle and Devin Coleman led the way with 14 points each as the Owls had just eight turnovers.  In the loss to Houston the Owls let the game get away in the final six minutes of the first half and trailed 40-21 at halftime.  They shot an abysmal 0-12 from three-point range in the opening 20 minutes.  They defeated a 10-3 Connecticut team on Tuesday.

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 splits its last two men’s college basketball games

     In Temple men’s college basketball, the Owls are 5-5 on the young season.  In its most recent game last Saturday the Owls cruised past Delaware State (0-11) 78-63.  This was after losing to St. Joseph’s 66-65 in overtime on December 13th.
     In its win over Delaware State, Temple got 20 points from Quenton DeCosey and 14 points from Josh Brown.  Delaware State was led by DeAndre Haywood who had 21 points.
     In a nailbiter in their previous game, the Owls gave up a win to St. Joseph’s on their homecourt.  It was St. Joe’s first road win in the series since 2008.
     Obi Enechionyia led Temple with 25 points.  Its next game is on December 29th at Cincinnati.

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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 finishes fourth at the Puerto-Rico Tip-Off in men’s college basketball

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Temple has had a tough schedule so far this season in men’s college basketball.  In their first four games, the Owls (1-3) have faced three teams in the Associated Press Top 25.
The Owls suffered a 74-68 loss to sixteenth ranked Utah (4-1) on Sunday evening in the third-place game of the Puerto Rico Tip-off.
Temple used its three-point shooting to get back in the game Sunday. After trailing 59-48 with 9:21 left in the game, the Owls hit six three-pointers in the second half and led 64-63 with 3:18 left in the game, but it wasn’t enough.
Utah used 32 points and 11 rebounds from Jakob Poeltl and a 6-0 run to end the game and seal the win.

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 defeats Memphis 31-12 in college football Saturday

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A close game Saturday turned into a rout as Temple upset Memphis 31-12 in college football at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.

Memphis came into the game ranked 21st in the nation by the Associated Press while Temple came in unranked by the Associated Press.

The Owls were coming off an embarrassing 44-23 loss to South Florida on November 15th at South Florida.
Temple improved to 9-2 overall and 6-1 in the American Athletic Conference, while Memphis fell to 7-4 and 5-2. The Tigers play in the AAC’s West Division.   Temple is now one game ahead of South Florida for this season’s East Division crown.

For the Owls, quarterback P.J. Walker threw for 261 yards and two touchdowns to lead the way for the Owls.

“That was a great win and a great day (Saturday),” Temple head coach Matt Rhule said on the Owls’ website.  “The challenge this week was to our seniors to take the team to another level.”

Temple can clinch a spot in the very first AAC Championship on December 5th with a win over Connecticut (6-5 and 4-3) this Saturday. The game will be a home game for the Owls in Philadelphia.

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 rallies against Minnesota and wins its first game of the season at the Puerto-Rico tip-off Thursday in men’s college basketball

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Four Temple players scored in double figurer fot the Owls Thursday as Temple (1-1) defeated Minnesota 75-70 in the Owls’ first game of the Puerto-Rico tip-off in men’s college basketball.

Owls’ senior Jaylen Bond led Temple with 19 points Thursday and they now fact Butler on Friday afternoon in the second round of the tip-off.

Temple was down by six points with less than eight minutes left in the game Thursday before rallying and making its comeback.