Homecoming Victory Gives Matt Rhule First Win as Temple Owls Head Coach

Temple Owls players including offensive lineman Pete White (63) celebrate with fans after defeating the Army Black KnightsPhoto Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports
Temple Owls players including offensive lineman Pete White (63) celebrate with fans following their homecoming victory over the Army Black Knights. Photo Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports


The Temple University football team ensured itself of having a great Homecoming weekend on Saturday by defeating Army 33-16 at Lincoln Financial Field.


Temple (1-6, 0-3 in the AAC) set the pace early on the first drive.  Freshman quarterback P.J. Walker threw a 45 yard pass to wide receiver Jalen Fitzpatrick, resulting in first and goal at the Army 1 yard line.  On the very next play, running back Kenneth Walker ran in for a touchdown.

The combination of Walker and Fitzparick was very effective.  Walker finished the day completing 62 percent of his passes (10 for 16).  He also threw for 203 yards and 2 touchdowns.  Fitzpatrick, a junior, finished with 4 catches for 128 yards and a touchdown.


The Temple defense put in an impressive effort against the number one rushing offense in the country.  Sophomore linebacker Tyler Matakevich continues to make a bid to be the American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year, adding 13 tackles and an interception to his resume.

Coming into the game, Army was not known for its aerial attack. The Owls held Army to 83 yards passing and a college passer rating of 75.1.  To place that in perspective, the highest rating that a quarterback can get in college is 1,261.6.


Finally, the win gives Matt Rhule his first win as Temple’s head coach.  He and his team look to take the momentum from the Army win to University Park, Texas to face SMU (2-4, 1-1 in the AAC) on Saturday.





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