Temple travels to Tampa for a match-up with USF

Temple travels to Tampa for a match-up with USF

PHILADELPHIA – On a short week, Temple (2-1) will travel down to Tampa, Fla. to take on the No. 21 USF Bulls (3-0) in a primetime Thursday night matchup on ESPN.

The Owls are coming off their second straight win over the UMass Minutemen, 29-21. In the game, redshirt sophomore QB Logan Marchi had his third straight 200+ yard performance, throwing 22 of 37 for 248 yards and three touchdowns. The three touchdowns mark a career best for the Bristol, Conn., native. Marchi also found 11 different receivers in the game.

Junior RB Ryquell Armstead saw his best performance of the season with 91 rushing yards on 17 carries. Armstead started early for the Owls as he had already accrued over 60 yards on the first drive.

Defensively, Temple saw a huge performance from its front seven, registering nine sacks as a team for the highest total since Sept. 5, 2015 when the Owls sacked Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg 10 times at Lincoln Financial Field. Individually, redshirt freshman Quincy Roche was the standout player with three sacks, a forced fumble and fumble recovery.

The sack total against UMass was also the second highest by a Temple team since 2000.

For the Bulls, they come off a 47-23 victory over Illinois for the third straight win under first-year head coach Charlie Strong. In the game, QB Quinton Flowers was nearly unstoppable, throwing 15 of 27 for 280 yards and four touchdowns. Flowers also contributed 112 yards and a touchdown on the ground in the Bulls’ effort to gain 680 total yards of offense.

The game Thursday is set to kickoff nationally at 7:30 p.m. EST on ESPN.
Last Time vs. USF

The Owls and Bulls last met on Oct. 21, 2016 at Lincoln Financial Field where Temple topped USF, 46-30. In a back-and-forth game through the first half, Temple took a 20-13 lead into the locker room. In the second half, Bulls QB Quinton Flowers scrambled for a three-yard touchdown run to give USF a 23-20 lead early in the third quarter. The Owls would answer shortly after with a 42-yard rushing touchdown by Armstead to put Temple up 27-23, and from that point on the Owls wouldn’t trail again.

For the day, Armstead had a career best 210 yards on 20 carries and two touchdowns, while QB Phillip Walker was 14 of 21 for 209 yards and one touchdown.
Up Next

The Owls will return to Lincoln Financial Field for their conference home opener against Houston. The game will kickoff at 12:00 p.m. and be broadcast on nationally on ESPNU.

Game Notes
> Since 2015 when the American Athletic Conference separated into two divisions, both Temple and USF have posted 9-1 records against divisional opponents. Each team’s loss came to one another.
> Since 1984 there have been three Temple quarterbacks to start a season with at least 100 passing attempts and no interceptions. Current starter Logan Marchi ranks second with 106 attempts and no interceptions thrown so far this season.

Year    Name                            # of Attempts    # of Games
2004    Walter Washington            109                    4
2017    Logan Marchi                      106                    3
2010    Chester Stewart                  100                    5

> In the three game series against USF, Temple has been able to run the ball exceptionally well, averaging 218.7 yards/game.

10/21/16 – 319 yards; 11/14/15 – 121 yards, 10/6/12 – 216 yards