The Temple Owls (0-1) kicked off their 2020 season with a big comeback that fell just short against Navy at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium. Temples starts out sluggish but surge in the second half. Ultimately the Owls comeback falls short.
The Midshipmen allowed 85 points in their last two games and The Owls only had three returning starters from last season’s defensive squad. The contest featured fans for the first time in many months. It was great to see that actual spectators were in attendance. The Middies student body came decked out in their dress blues and was very much into the action.
Navy started the game with touchdowns on each of their first three drives before Temple caught their breath and hunkered down. Parlaying 145 rushing yards and seemingly blowing the game open with a 21-10 halftime lead.
Temple chipped away and with just 1:06 remaining in the contest, Re’ Mahn Davis (97 rushing yards) capped off his day with a 1-yard plunge to close the score to 31-29. Terrell Adams broke up the attempted two-point conversion. Temple had one last chance but Navy recovered the ensuing onside kick and was able to run out the clock.
The Owls comeback may falls short but a lot of positives came out of this first contest of this strange 2020 season.
The game was originally scheduled for September 26 but Temple asked for time to prepare. Nelson Smith led the Midshipmen with 2 touchdowns and 120 yards on 20 touches. Temple QB, Anthony Russo threw for 206 yards with a touchdown and 1 interception. On the ground, Jamale Carothers he 53 yards and a touchdown.
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