WE ARE….TEMPLE TUFF!
Written by: Tashyra Ayers, F3 Creator & F3TV Correspondent
F3 is excited to expand its territory and provide college football coverage during the 2018-2019 NCAA season! And what better team to begin this path of collegiate excitement than with our City’s own, Temple Owls!
Our first game with the Owls was on home turf against the Buffalo Bulls at Lincoln Financial Field. Unfortunately, the Owls fell to the Bulls in a close game that had a tie score a couple of times late in the second half only after stomping out on the field with their stylish (as stylish as football uniforms can be} grey uniforms. The uniforms were as nice as the game that cornerback Rock Ya-Sin had on the day with three interceptions -one of which was called back due to an illegal grab as he ran the INT in for a TD that ultimately didn’t count.
With 3 & 1 on the 19-yard line, the Owls defense came through holding the Bulls resulting in a 4 & 1 still on the 19. Temple’s defense proved to be tough yet again as Chapelle Russell stopped Buffalo’s offense. After Jaggar Gardner’s run for another 1 & 10, Temple’s offense couldn’t convert the 3 & 5 pass intended for Ubowa which was held by Chuck Harris. The stop forced Temple to kick a 37-yard punt, but Buffalo only managed an eight-yard return.
Anthony Johnson wows the crowd with a one-handed catch setting up a 83 yard touchdown reception to Charlie Jones, but the point after the score was no good. Temple brings the crowd to its feet and goes into the locker room with a touchdown bringing Temple within reach of winning the game. The second quarter didn’t start off well with as an Owl’s pass is intercepted by Cameron Lewis with 13:32 left in the second quarter.
The first tie score at 29-29 in the fourth quarter was shifted late in the fourth quarter with a Buffalo interception, and then a 29 yard touchdown reception to Adam Mitchellson. The game ended with Buffalo sack for a fumble recovery by the Bulls which ended the game with a score of 36-29.
Despite the loss, Temple played a heck of a game with memorable moments and stats to take into week three against the Terrapins, where they would receive their first win 35-14 bringing their record to 1-2 on the season. Going into week four, the Owls and Tulsa’s Golden Hurricanes will fight to see who will come out with a 2-2 record.
Stay tuned for more Temple Owls home game coverage when Tulsa visits the Owls Thursday, September 20, Lincoln Financial Field at 7:30pm. The game will be broadcasted on ESPN.
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