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Fourth Quarter Comeback Lifts Football Past USF, 39-37

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Game Recap: Football | 10.17.20

PHILADELPHIA – Trailing 31-20 late in the third quarter, Temple scored three touchdowns in just over 11 minutes to retake the lead, 39-31, and then stopped USF on its two-point try in the final minute to secure a 39-37 win in its home opener at Lincoln Financial Field.   The Owls evened the record to 1-1 overall and in American Athletic Conference play.  USF falls to 1-4 and 0-3 in the AAC.
Temple QBAnthony Russohad another stellar offensive game, completing 30-of-42 passes for 270 yards and four touchdowns.  Russo connected with six different receivers withJadan Blue(9 catches, 60 yds, 2 Tds) andRandle Jones(8 catches, 81 yds, 1 Td) leading the way.

Re’Mahn Davis did the bulk of the work on the ground, rushing 25 times for 83 yards while Tayvon Ruley also had a strong game with six carries for 39 yards.

It was the Owls’ defense that came up big in the end.  DE Arnold Ebiketie (6 tackles) picked up a fumble with just under 10 minutes and ran 11 yards to paydirt to give Temple the lead for good, 32-31.   Amir Tyler then kept the Bulls from tying the score with a big tackle on the two-point conversion with 1:03 remaining.  

How it happened

First Quarter
After an offensive pass interference on Bulls opening series cut their drive short, Temple received the ball at midfield. Twenty-one total yards from WR Jose Barbon put the Owls outside the redzone and from there, a touchdown pass from Russo to Blue gave the Temple a 7-0 lead. On the ensuing USF drive, a fumble forced by Ebiketie from inside their own 20-yard line gifted the Owls great field possession for their second possession, but Temple could not convert on the opportunity, settling for a field goal to extend its lead. Following a good return on the following kickoff, the Bulls trimmed the deficit after a 10-play, 49-yard drive was capped off by a 13-yard passing touchdown from USF QB Jordan McCloud.

Second Quarter
After the two sides shared punts on the ensuing drives, an Adam Barry punt pinned the Bulls at their own five-yard line. The Owls could not get USF off the field, however, as the Bulls marched down the field on 10 plays for a touchdown to take the lead, 14-10. Temple responded with a touchdown of its own on the next drive as the Owls capped off an 11-play, 73-yard drive with their second touchdown of the day with Russo connecting with Blue again, this time for 13 yards. Jones provided the spark for the drive with two catches for 26 yards. After a Russo interception a few drives later, the Bulls took advantage of the short field, scoring a touchdown to retake the lead. A surprise onside kick on the kickoff gave USF the ball once again, but the Owls defense stood tall, forcing a fumble a few plays later to get the ball back with just over a minute left in the half. First down catches by Barbon and Blue put Temple in field goal range, but a blocked 36-yard field goal try sent Temple trailing going into halftime, 21-17.

Third Quarter
Temple received the ball to begin the second half and got the scoring underway, moving the ball 66 yards on 15 plays to set up Will Mobley’s second field goal of the game. A long kickoff return to Temple territory set up the Bulls for the following drive. USF took advantage of the short field, driving quickly to set up McCloud’s third passing touchdown of the game, extending the USF lead to 28-20. In the early stages of Temple’s next drive, USF’s Daquan Evans picked off Russo and returned the ball 56 yards to Temple’s 10-yard line, but the Owls defense would stand tall once again, forcing the Bulls to settle for a field goal. After a failed onside kick gave the Owls the ball near midfield, a Branden Mack touchdown catch capped off the seven-play drive to trim the USF lead, however, a failed two-point conversion attempt would keep the score at 31-26.

Fourth Quarter
A punt from both sides to open the fourth quarter pinned USF inside their own five-yard line.. The Owls defense capitalized off of a failed USF handoff exchange, leading to an 11-yard scoop-and-score touchdown for Ebiketie to regain the lead for Temple, 32-31, but Temple’s second failed two-point conversion attempt of the day would keep the lead at one. A three-and-out on the ensuing USF drive gave the Owls the ball on their own 19-yard line. Russo and company would mount another 10+ play touchdown drive with just under five minutes to play in the game. A strong 16-yard run by Ruley got the drive started and Russo’s fourth touchdown pass of the day, this one to Jones, extended the Owls lead to 39-31. The Bulls still had a chance to extend the game, putting together a touchdown drive of their own to cut the lead to two with just over a minute to play, however a USF failed two-point conversion would give the Owls the victory.

Statistically Speaking
Blue: Nine receptions, 60 yards, two touchdowns
Ebiketie: Fumble recovery touchdown, three tackles for loss, forced fumble
Jones: Eight receptions, 81 yards, one touchdown
Yvandy Rigby: Led the team in tackles (11)

Notes
Blue moved into 11th all-time in receptions (112)
Jones recorded a career high in receptions (8)
Mack moved into the top-six all-time in receiving touchdowns (14)
Rigby recorded a career high in tackles (11)

Up Next
The Owls will be back on the road next weekend as they travel to Tennessee to take on the Memphis Tigers on October 24. Kickoff is set for 12:00pm and will air on ESPN+ with radio coverage on 97.5 the Fanatic.
 

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Team Statistics

USF TEMPLE
Total Yards 324 412
Pass Yards 181 270
Rushing Yards 143 142
Penalty Yards 11-111 5-54
1st Downs 21 32
3rd Downs 4-12 9-17
4th Downs 2-2 1-1
TOP 27:39 32:21
1st Quarter
TEMPLE

10:10 – TEMPLE – BLUE,Jadan 5 yd pass from RUSSO,Anthony (MOBLEY,Will kick) 8 plays, 50 yards, TOP 2:57

0 7
TEMPLE

08:26 – TEMPLE – MOBLEY,Will 24 yd field goal 4 plays, 5 yards, TOP 1:10

0 10
USF

04:34 – USF – ST. FELIX, R 13 yd pass from McCLOUD, Jordan (SACKETT, Jared kick) 10 plays, 49 yards, TOP 3:44

7 10
2nd Quarter
USF

09:39 – USF – DUKES, DeVontre 28 yd pass from McCLOUD, Jordan (SACKETT, Jared kick) 10 plays, 95 yards, TOP 3:20

14 10
TEMPLE

05:16 – TEMPLE – BLUE,Jadan 13 yd pass from RUSSO,Anthony (MOBLEY,Will kick) 11 plays, 73 yards, TOP 4:17

14 17
USF

01:18 – USF – JOHNSON, Noah 2 yd run (SACKETT, Jared kick), 4 plays, 35 yards, TOP 0:59

21 17
3rd Quarter
TEMPLE

08:14 – TEMPLE – MOBLEY,Will 26 yd field goal 16 plays, 66 yards, TOP 6:46

21 20
USF

05:39 – USF – FORD, Johnny 13 yd pass from McCLOUD, Jordan (SACKETT, Jared kick) 8 plays, 46 yards, TOP 2:24

28 20
USF

03:16 – USF – SACKETT, Jared 29 yd field goal 4 plays, -2 yards, TOP 1:01

31 20
TEMPLE

01:07 – TEMPLE – MACK,Branden 12 yd pass from RUSSO,Anthony (MACK,Branden pass failed) 7 plays, 57 yards, TOP 2:09

31 26
4th Quarter
TEMPLE

09:52 – TEMPLE – EBIKETIE,Arnold 11 yd fumble recovery (DAVIS,Re’Mahn rush failed)

31 32
TEMPLE

04:28 – TEMPLE – JONES,Randle 13 yd pass from RUSSO,Anthony (MOBLEY,Will kick) 10 plays, 81 yards, TOP 3:47

31 39
USF

01:03 – USF – PARKER, Leonard 1 yd run (JOHNSON, Noah rush failed), 12 plays, 72 yards, TOP 3:21

37 39

Game Leaders

Passing LeadersRushing LeadersReceiving LeadersDefense Leaders

RUSSO,ANTHONY

Players Mentioned

Jose Barbon

#10 Jose Barbon

WR 6′ 0″ 180 lbs Redshirt Sophomore Adam Barry

#49 Adam Barry

P 6′ 6″ 210 lbs Junior Jadan Blue

#5 Jadan Blue

WR 6′ 0″ 185 lbs Redshirt Junior Re

#13 Re’Mahn Davis

RB 5′ 9″ 215 lbs Sophomore Arnold Ebiketie

#17 Arnold Ebiketie

DE 6′ 4″ 240 lbs Redshirt Junior Randle Jones

#0 Randle Jones

WR 6′ 0″ 185 lbs Graduate Student Branden Mack

#1 Branden Mack

WR 6′ 5″ 220 lbs Graduate Student Will Mobley

#91 Will Mobley

K 5′ 8″ 165 lbs Redshirt Junior Yvandy Rigby

#31 Yvandy Rigby

LB 6′ 2″ 225 lbs Redshirt Freshman Tayvon Ruley

#29 Tayvon Ruley

RB 6′ 0″ 215 lbs Redshirt Senior

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