Owls Put on a Show at the Linc

The Temple Owls (1-1, 1-1) got the better of the USF Bulls (1-4, 0-3) at Lincoln Financial Field on a sunny Saturday afternoon, 39-37. The Owls put on a show at the Linc with late-game offense.

Family of players and Coaches were permitted to attend the game and were treated to an absolute classic. Despite being a 13 point favorite, the Owls has to overcome an 11 point disadvantage late in the third quarter.

The Bulls Jarred Sackett nailed a 29-yard field goal to boost the deficit to 11 points with 3:16 remaining in the quarter. Temple went on a 19 point rally started by a beautiful pass and catch from QB Anthony Russo to Branden Mack to seize the momentum. Arnold Ebikete rumbled 11 yards after recovering an errant handoff and Temple fought all the way back and took a one-point lead at 32-31.

The onslaught continued with another Russo completion. This one to Randle Jones and Temple seemed to seal the deal but had to close out the final 4:28. The Bulls drove down the field and cashed in a proximity score to get it to 39-37. USF was unable to pick up the two-point conversion but, still had a shot. George Reid recovered the on-side kick to put the punctuation mark on the bizarre thriller.

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Extra Points:

Temple’s Ebikete had 6 tackles and a forced fumble. Quarterback Russo completed 30 of 42 attempts for 270 yards which included 4 TDS. Russo also suffered 2 picks. Jadan Blue picked up 2 TDS  on a 9 reception, 60-yard day. Jordan McCloud threw for 182 yards and three scores in defeat.

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Gary Groob
Gary Groob

Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.

An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.

Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.

In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.

Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).

Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.

Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.