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.
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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