Bizarro world continues for the Temple Owls football program. If it can go wrong it has for the Temple Owls (1-6). We all have heard every excuse in the book but, a delay of a football game over “her fault” is a new one.
The East Carolina Pirates (2-6) came into Lincoln Financial Field for a Saturday battle with the seriously depleted, Temple Owl on a beautiful Saturday afternoon. ECU put up an impressive 28-3 victory. Kick-off was delayed nearly an hour as the “girlfriend” of a Temple player exhibited signs of Covid. The Temple Owls sent the player back to the University to be tested and the game would be delayed.
Temple was already seriously short handed and were forced to use their fifth string quarterback, Freshman Walk-on Kamal Gray (10 of 21 for 95 yards and two picks).
ECU had a dominant first half and held a 21-3 lead. The Pirates QB, Holton Ahlers (11 of 22 182 yards with 2 TDs and 1 pick) hooked up with C.J. Johnson on a pretty 60 yard connection to put ECU in front, 7-0.
Temple answered with a field goal and it seemed we would have a battle, 7-3. That wouldn’t last long as Tyler Snead promptly took the ensuing kick off 95 yards and, that quick it was 14-3.
The game changed on an ECU interception with Shawn Dourseau picking off Gray’s pass in the endzone. After a Keaton Mitchell (13 can catches for 103 yards) 34-yard catch and run, Ahlers hit Snead on a 46-yard score.
The only second-half highlight came off the feet of Ahlers who rambled 75 yards that originally ruled a score but overturned. Ahlers snuck it in from the one to cap the scoring at 28-3.
ECU defeated Temple for the first time in 6 match ups. Temple takes on Cincinnati in their season finale. Jordan McGee made his first career interception for Temple.
If this bizarro world continues for Temple the organization may wish they sat out the season. Check out the football coverage by clicking here.