The Temple University Owls need to work on responding to a strategic offense by their future opponents.
This a significant learning for the college football team from Thursday’s match against the Duke University Blue Devils. The North Carolina team hammered Temple’s football squad, 56-27.
The Owls (8-5) was defeated in the Independence Bowl match for the second time in the past eight matches.
During the first half, the team made a 13-7 advance through defensive back, Delvon Randall’s, 52-yard interception return for a touchdown to Blue Devils quarterback, Quentin Harris.
The audience witnessed the Blue Devils appearing sluggish during the early parts of the game, trailing 27-14 as the Owls attempted to press ahead.
Apparently, the game was rosy for the Philadelphia team for most of the first half. However, the Duke University Blue Devils quarterback, Daniel Jones, engineered an offensive show, throwing for 423 yards and five touchdowns.
He made a 22-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver TJ Rahming, pulling within 27-21 by halftime.
For 240 yards and two scores, Rahming caught 12 passes with their team blowing past the Temple Owls.
Duke scored 35 unanswered points during the second half. Apparently, the strong offense carried out by the Blue Devils canceled out the momentum gathered by the Owl’s play during the first half.
The game at the Independence Stadium in Shreveport, Louisiana marks the tenth match this season in which Temple scored a non-offensive touchdown.
Next year, Temple will host the Bucknell Bison football team during the season opener. It may be losing a senior class that has not played in four consecutive bowl matches.
However, the Owls will bring back some of its top-notch players like quarterback, Anthony Russo.
For 228 yards, he was able to complete 25 of 46 passes. Russo also concluded the game with one interception and a touchdown.
In addition, the Owls will have a new coach in the persona of Manny Diaz who replaces head coach, Geoff Collins, who has transferred for a coaching stint at Georgia Institute of Technology.
With these developments and important lessons from the latest games, the Owls will need to re-evaluate their game plans, polishing them to ensure wins in the seasons ahead.