Short turnaround for Temple as the Owls visit East Carolina Thursday

Matt Leon
September 30, 2019 - 5:12 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Temple Owls will open the American Athletic Conference play on Thursday after they travel down to Greenville to take on East Carolina.

The Owls are 3-1 on the season after beating a Georgia Tech team coached by their former head man, Geoff Collins, at Lincoln Financial Field this past Saturday, 24-2. The Owls rushed for 195 yards in the win — freshman Re'Mahn Davis led the way with 135 yards and two scores.

The defense kept the Yellow Jacket offense off the scoreboard — the only points were by a safety on the Tech defense — while scoring a touchdown of its own on a 74-yard fumble return by Benny Walls.

"Our guys did a great job of executing the game plan," Temple head coach Rod Carey said. "Concentrating on it during the week, learning it, and that showed on Saturday. Very pleased."

This will be the first game this season on a short week for the Owls, and Carey said dealing with this quick turnaround for a road game will be tough.

"Huge challenge, it really is," Carey added. "You have to balance getting the game plan in, getting practice time done, but getting (the players) recouped to a point where they can go compete on Thursday. It's a challenge and it's a balance and you kind of got to feel it day-to-day on where your guys are."

East Carolina is 3-2 this season — 0-1 in AAC — and coming off back-to-back wins. This past Saturday, the Pirates traveled to Norfolk, Virginia and beat Old Dominion, 24-21.

"Really well-coached team is what I see," Carey said of the Pirates. "They're where they should be defensively, offensively and special teams. They are executing at a high level right now. Their quarterback is playing well with confidence. 

"They obviously have good skill on the outside and they have linebackers that will come downhill on you and a kicker that booms it out of the end zone. And they are doing it at a high level, and that is the mark of a really well-coached team."

Last season, the Owls rolled East Carolina at the Linc, 49-6. 

Thursday night's game gets underway at 8 p.m.

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