Speed Sweep: Temple defeats SMU 60-40, moves closer to clinching AAC East

Temple's Romond Deloatch (23) catches a touchdown pass while defended by Southern Methodist Mustangs defensive back William Jeanlys (18) in the second quarter at Gerald J. Ford Stadium. (Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports)
Temple's Romond Deloatch (23) catches a touchdown pass while defended by Southern Methodist Mustangs defensive back William Jeanlys (18) in the second quarter at Gerald J. Ford Stadium. (Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports)
Temple's Romond Deloatch (23) catches a touchdown pass while defended by Southern Methodist Mustangs defensive back William Jeanlys (18) in the second quarter at Gerald J. Ford Stadium. (Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports)
Temple’s Romond Deloatch (23) catches a touchdown pass while defended by Southern Methodist Mustangs defensive back William Jeanlys (18) in the second quarter at Gerald J. Ford Stadium. (Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports)

In a game that was full of offense,

Temple defeated Southern Methodist in Dallas Friday 60-40.

 

What it means

Temple remains undefeated in the conference and continues to look like it will participate in the American Athletic Conference Championship game. The last time the team had at least eight wins was in 2011. That incarnation of the Owls won nine games that season and went on to win the New Mexico Bowl.

Turning point

While punting in the fourth quarter, Nick Sharga was called for holding in the endzone, resulting in a safety. On the ensuing free kick, Braeden West had an 80-yard return for a touchdown. The nine-point swing brought the Mustangs within five points of the Owls late in the game.

Play of the Game

Right before halftime and Temple deep in Mustang territory, Walker threw a pass to Romond Deloatch. Deloatch made a diving catch and remained inbounds for a touchdown.

Temple Owls quarterback P.J. Walker (11) rolls out to pass against the Southern Methodist Mustangs in the second quarter at Gerald J. Ford Stadium. (Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports)
Temple Owls quarterback P.J. Walker (11) had five total touchdowns on Friday (Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports)

 

Player of the game

P.J. Walker had one of his best days as a Temple Owl. The junior quarterback threw for a career-tying four touchdown passes and ran for another touchdown. (Threw for four touchdowns three times in 2013 against SMU, UCF and Memphis).Not only did he completed passes to 10 different receivers, but he also looked accurate. He also calmly went through all of his progressions and made big plays with his arm and his legs.

 

 

Worth noting

The last time that Temple scored at least 60 points was in 2012 when they played Army. The last time the team gave up 40 or more points occurred the last time the Temple played SMU when the Mustangs scored 59 points. Imagine if both teams were in the same division and played each other every year.

 

 

Looking Ahead

Next Saturday, Temple travels to Tampa for its final road game of the regular season against South Florida. It is possible that with a win and some help, the Owls can clinch the AAC Eastern Division. The time of the game and the network it will be televised on will be announced Monday.

 

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