Temple beat Delaware State on Saturday afternoon at Lincoln Financial Field.
And then some. And then some more.
By the end of the first quarter, the only question was how close the Owls could come to matching the biggest win in school history. No, they didn’t come close to matching that 110-0 win over Blue Ridge College back in 1927. They didn’t even match the 75-0 win over Washington College that same season. But they did score in just about every possible manner in a 59-0 thumping of the Hornets.
The Owls (2-1) were way too fast and skilled for this mediocre FCS opponent.
In the first half alone, Temple scored on a blocked punt, a punt return, an interception return, and yes, even via the run and the pass. It was 49-0 at the break.
There were so many first half highlights, in fact, that it was easier to pick out the bad plays for the Owls. There were two of them – a pair of poor throws by P.J. Walker that were intercepted. He also tossed a pair of touchdowns before sitting out the second half.
Walker finished 10 for 14 for 127 yards. Nobody on the Temple offense put up big numbers, primarily because the Owls kept scoring on defense and special teams.
Sophomore Samuel Benjamin blocked Delaware State’s first punt attempt, and Artrel Foster went for the scoop and score. Coach Matt Rhule set up a return on the next one, and Khalif Herbin went untouched for an 84-yard score. In between, the Hornets fumbled the ball away after a bad snap.
The Hornets crossed midfield just once in the first half – that thanks to a roughing the passer call against the Owls. Delaware State quarterback Gilbert Rivera was picked off three times. He was pulled at halftime, too.
Ultimately, the Temple defense got the shutout they were technically denied in this year’s season-opening, 37-7 win at Vanderbilt (which scored on a bad punt snap). It was Temple’s first blanking since back to back shutouts against Ball State and Buffalo in 2011.
The Owls also pushed their three-game total to 14 forced turnovers.
Next week brings a trip to UConn for the American Athletic Conference opener.
Notes ... Delaware State’s leading rusher was redshirt senior Malcolm Williams (33 yards), a Reading native who originally signed with Temple in February 2008 ... Freshman running back David Hood saw his first action for the Owls ... Junior running back Hassan Dixon scored his first touchdown.
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