Temple shrugged off a mistake-filled first quarter and dominated the last three quarters to secure a 49-10 victory over Tulane on Saturday afternoon at Lincoln Financial Field. The Owls are now 5-0 -- their best start since 1974 -- and they improved to 2-0 in American Athletic Conference play.
Tailbacks Jahad Thomas and Ryquell Armstead both scored two touchdowns for the home team, and P.J. Walker completed 11 of 15 passes for 183 yards and two scores. But the defense was the real story for the Cherry and White, as senior defensive tackle Matt Ioannidis led an awesome effort from the front four. Temple limited the Green Wave to 110 yards of total offense and intercepted quarterback Tanner Lee twice. Sophomore cornerback Sean Chandler returned one of those interceptions for a touchdown.
Yet the game didn't start off well for the Owls, who fumbled the ball away on their first possession and committed three procedure penalties to kill their second drive. Even after taking a 7-3 lead on Walker's first quarter TD pass to Robby Anderson, the Owls gave the ball away again on a punt return -- setting up Tulane's one and only touchdown drive.
But Thomas had a big second quarter and the Owls took advantage of Tulane's own punting miscue to score twice before halftime. Leading 21-10 at the break, Temple once again owned the third quarter -- scoring three touchdowns in a three-minute span to run away with the victory.
Watch Coach Matt Rhule's postgame press conference here, and check back for additional postgame player interviews.