GREENVILLE, N.C. -- How good is Temple's defense?
Short answer: As good as it needs to be.
After falling behind, 14-10, at halftime of Thursday night's game at East Carolina, the Owls stopped the home team on each of its seven possessions in the second half -- picking up a fumble, an interception, and two blocked punts by Sharif Finch along the way.
The Pirates never scored again.
And while it took the Temple offense a long time to score themselves, they finally did when it counted the most.
P.J. Walker connected with Robby Anderson for a 23-yard touchdown pass that gave the Owls the lead with 3:31 to go, and Jahad Thomas capped the victory with a 14-yard TD run just a minute later.
For the longest time, it looked like dropped passes and penalties would be the storyline in Temple's first loss of the 2015 campaign. But Walker and Anderson torched the Pirates for 79 yards on three pass plays on the game-winning drive.
With the win, the Owls improved to 7-0 for the first time in school history, and grabbed a 4-0 stranglehold on first place in the American Athletic Conference East Division.