Temple Heads to Navy Saturday

Last season, Temple beat Navy 34-26 at the Linc.

Matt Leon
October 08, 2018 - 5:05 pm
Sep 29, 2018; Chestnut Hill, MA, USA; Temple Owls wide receiver Isaiah Wright (13) is tackled by Boston College Eagles defensive back Hamp Cheevers (4) during the first half at Alumni Stadium.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Temple University football team will look to stay perfect in an American Athletic Conference (AAC) action on Saturday when the Owls head down to Annapolis to visit Navy.

The Owls improved to 3-3 overall (2-0 AAC) this past Saturday with a dominant 49-6 home win over East Carolina.

"Just really proud of the leaders of this team and how they got the team ready to go," Temple head coach Geoff Collins said. "They played at a really high level in all phases." 

Quarterback Anthony Russo completed 21 of 25 passes for 254 yards and four touchdowns to lead the offense. It was also a big game for junior wide receiver Isaiah Wright who had a touchdown catch and a punt return for a touchdown. Wright finished with 156 yards in returns (punt and kick off) and was named AAC Special Teams Player of the Week for his efforts.

"Isaiah's a special player," Collins said. "He's got a tremendous work ethic as well. He's fun to coach."

Saturday will be Temple's first visit to Annapolis since they beat Navy in the AAC title game back in December of 2016. The Midshipmen come into this game 2-3 (1-1 AAC). Last week, they lost at Air Force 35-7.

On offense, Navy runs the triple option, an attack that presents a lot of challenges.

"It's so unique," Collins says. "We try to cover it during spring ball, you try to cover it a little bit during preseason camp. Just so the first week you get to them it's just not completely new for the guys. They run at such a fast pace, our scout team's going to try to replicate the look, but it's completely different once it's live and in person and they've got all the motion and misdirection and ball handling, along with being really good players and being really physical."

Navy's offense is led by junior Malcolm Perry.

"First of all he's a tremendous athlete," Collins says, "a great competitor. Last year he was playing slot I think the first half of the season, their slotback position, then they handed him the ball at quarterback to finish out the year. He had some special performances and has continued that into this season. So he's a dynamic player and a huge weapon in their offense."

Perry has rushed for 584 yards and six touchdowns this season. 

Last season, Temple beat Navy 34-26 at the Lincoln Financial Field. 

Saturday's game gets underway at 3:30 p.m.

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