Temple Owls linebacker Tyler Matakevich (8) reacts after a turnover on downs against the Memphis Tigers at Lincoln Financial Field. The Temple Owls won 31-12. (Derik Hamilton/USA Today)
It’s a Thankful Throw forward Temple football Thursday in which I would be remiss if I did not say Thank You to the folks @ Pattisonave.Com for allowing me the opportunity to post my ramblings here. I am certainly thankful for the great season Temple has given me to post about w/ hopefully more great things to come. That could all depend upon the last home game of the regular season, Senior night for 23 players, when the #25 Temple Owls (9-2,6-1) host the UConn Huskies (6-5,4-3) in an American Athletic Conference East division tilt. An Owls win (or a less probable USF loss tonight to 0-11 UCF) would win the East title and a spot in the AAC championship game on 12/5/15 @ Navy or Houston (who meet tomorrow), as well as the 1st 10 win regular season in school history. Both teams are coming off a win, Temple’s a defense lead win against Memphis 31-12, while the Huskies upset Houston, 20-17.
The defense looks to continue the comeback of last week where they did not give up a TD to a pretty good offense. It is especially a big game for Connecticut native Tyler Matakevich, who last week become the first Owl and seventh player in college football history with 100 tackles in all four collegiate years as well as continuing his streak of leading the team in tackles in 2015. UConn was one of the teams that did not recruit him. “I always play with a chip on my shoulder, especially playing them,” said Matakevich. “I always remember and know what I had to deal with when it comes to them, but you can’t let your emotions get to you and have to go out and play.”
That D faces a balanced attack lead by Junior quarterback Bryant Shirreffs has over 2,500 yards total offense and Sophomore running back Arkeel Newsome who has collected over 1,000 yards from scrimmage. Shirreffs did suffer a head injury in the first quarter last week , clouding his status for Saturday’s contest.”He was feeling much better on Sunday then he was Saturday night,” UConn coach Bob Diaco said Tuesday. “He was feeling better on Monday than he was Sunday. Same thing for today.” Tim Boyle, who completed 12 of 22 passes for 110 yards in relief, will start if Shirreffs isn’t cleared. UConn’s D is no slouch – ranked second in the conference in scoring defense (19.1 ppg) and first against the pass (189.1 ypg) – having allowed just two touchdowns over the last three games. “They’re like us,” Temple Head coach Matt Rhule said. “They like to play defense, they like to play special teams, they like to run the football.”
If the offense can continue to run smoothly w/ few mistakes and the defense can continue the solid play of last week then my loyal readers will be subjected to one extra week of my scribblings, but more importantly the Temple Owls will be playing next week w/ a lot more history to be made by this program.
Date: November 28, 2015
Kickoff: 7:00 PM Stadium: Lincoln Financial Field,Philadelphia, PA (69,176)
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