Temple hosts USF Saturday in home finale

Matt Leon
November 12, 2018 - 4:07 pm
Nov 1, 2018; Orlando, FL, USA; Temple Owls running back Ryquell Armstead (7) runs for a first down during the second quarter against the UCF Knights at Spectrum Stadium.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Temple Owls are now bowl eligible.

They picked up their sixth win in ten games this season on Saturday, outlasting Houston in a wild one down in Texas, 59-49. Now, the Owls focus on their final home game of the season when they host the University of South Florida on Saturday at the Lincoln Financial Field. 

The Owls rolled up 537 yards in the win, their first ever over the Cougars in seven tries. 

"Just really proud of our guys, the way they played, with effort, with passion, how they played together," head coach Geoff Collins said. "Just a really good performance all the way around."

Senior running back Ryquell Armstead had a day for the ages in the win, rushing for 210 yards and an American Athletic Conference record six touchdowns. His performance earned him conference offensive player of the week honors.

The Temple offense has really been something special as of late, scoring 99 points in the last two games.

"They're playing at a high level," Collins said. "I think they have a lot of trust in each other, a lot of trust in the coaching staff and I think whenever we need to run the ball like we did against Houston, we can run the ball. Whenever we need to throw it like we did versus Central Florida, we can do that, too. I think that balance is even going to open up both ways going forward."

The Owls are now 5-1 in the AAC and tied for second in the East Division, a game behind front running Central Florida. 

USF is 7-3 on the season (3-3 AAC). After starting 7-0, the Bulls have lost their last three games. Last week, they fell at Cincinnati, 35-23. Despite their recent struggles, Collins says they are a really good team.

"They've got an explosive offense," he said. "They play really good defensively. Sound fundamentals, they run to the ball. They are a really good football team and it shows."

Last season, the Owls lost to South Florida down in Tampa, 43-7.

Saturday's game at the Linc begins at noon.

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