Temple Owls top the Charlotte 49ers in a waterlogged rout.
(C+P) — On a rainy Friday night, The Temple Owls defeated the Charlotte 49ers Friday by the score of 37-3.
What it means
The Temple Owls move to 4-0, a record that they have not obtained since 1974. The win also is the team’s biggest margin of victory since Sept. 20, 2014, when the team defeated Delaware State 59-0.
The turning point in the game came on Temple’s first possession of the second half. The Owls were able to establish the running game and systematically drove down the field. The drive was capped with a 1-yard touchdown run by Jahad Thomas.
Play of the Game
Linebacker Nate L Smith was able to pick up a blocked punt in the third quarter and returned it 16 yards for a touchdown. The touchdown solidified the win for the Owls.
Co-Players of the game
Jahad Thomas continues to have a stellar season. Thomas carried the ball 20 times for 109 yards and two touchdowns. It was the third time this season that Thomas ran for over the century mark. Wide receiver Robbie Anderson started off slowly, dropping a couple of catchable passes from quarterback P.J. Walker. Anderson was able to bounce back and in the second half, caught two touchdown passes.
Temple did a good job Friday with their third down conversions. The Owls were able to convert 50 percent of their third downs. Prior to the game against the 49ers, the team was ranked 63rd in the nation (40.82 percent).
With Nate L. Smith’s fourth quarter interception kept Temple’s interception streak alive. The defense now has had at least one interception in each game this season.
Temple will be back at home against the Tulane Green Wave. The Homecoming game will mark the first time that Temple will have a home game since the Sept. 10 game against Penn State. The game is the first of three games against teams from the American Athletic Conference’s Western Division. Game time is 12 p.m..