Temple readies for visit from high scoring Maryland Saturday

Matt Leon
September 09, 2019 - 4:05 pm
Temple Owls quarterback Anthony Russo throws a pass.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Temple Owls will face an early season non-conference test on Saturday as they welcome the University of Maryland Terrapins to the Lincoln Financial Field. 

The Owls are coming off a bye week, which came after their season-opening win over Bucknell University on Aug. 31. 

"If it's week eight and you've got a bye, you're going to rest a little more than we did," head coach Rod Carey said, explaining how they approached such an early break in the schedule. "We practiced a little bit more, but then at the same time, we still went on the road and recruited and got out, because you have to. Then (we) got an early jump on Maryland, they had played a game and so had we one game, and then obviously after they played their second we got back in here yesterday (Sunday) and got it going."

The Owls will have their hands full on Saturday with a 2-0 Maryland team that has won its two games by a combined score of 142-20. This past weekend, they hammered Syracuse University in College Park, 63-20. 

Carey discussed how the Terrapins have been able to post some incredible offensive numbers so far this season.

"They've done it for two games on offense where they've executed at a really high level," he said. "It obviously starts with their (redshirt junior quarterback Josh Jackson), who is incredibly talented, but he's also making the right decisions with the ball. And then they're running the ball really effectively and for big chunks."

Jackson has thrown for 541 yards and seven touchdowns already this season while Maryland has rushed for 671 yards and 11 touchdowns as a team in their first two games.

Carey talked about some keys to success against Maryland.

"I don't think that it ever changes for us," he said. "We want to run the ball. We want to stop the run. We want to play great in the kicking game and we want to win the turnover battle. Those four things are where it's at for us and those four things are going to be paramount in this game."

Saturday's game at the Linc kicks off at noon.

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