Temple University Upsets No. 3 Duke Blue Devils

PHILADELPHIA — Khalif Wyatt scored 22 points and Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson had 17 to help Temple knock off No. 5 Duke 78-73 on Wednesday night.

Using tough man-to-man defense that limited Duke’s long-range shots, the Owls (10-3) grabbed the lead midway through the first half and never let it go. When the Blue Devils (12-2) crept within three points in the waning minutes, Wyatt hit consecutive 3-pointers for a 66-57 lead.

The Owls had lost nine straight times to Duke, and hadn’t beat the Blue Devils since Jan. 25, 1996. This decisive win in front of more than 20,000 fans gave the Owls wins over Top 10 teams for the fourth straight season, all in Philadelphia.

Mason Plumlee had 16 points and 13 rebounds for the Blue Devils.

Temple fans stormed the court in celebration and lingered long after the final buzzer.

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Temple University Wins New Mexico Bowl Over Wyoming


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Temple came out swinging against Wyoming, jumping to a 21-0 lead in the first half of the Gildan New Mexico Bowl on Saturday.

But when Wyoming freshman Brett Smith threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Josh Doctson with 37 seconds remaining in the first half, Temple quarterback Chris Coyer feared that Wyoming found a spark.

“We knew they had swung the momentum their way. It was a big touchdown for them,” Coyer said.

Then, moments later, Coyer responded with 61-yarder to Rod Streater to give the Owls a 28-7 lead.

It was never close again.

Bernard Pierce ran for two early touchdowns and Coyer threw for 169 yards and the touchdown to help Temple overwhelm Wyoming 37-15 in the New Mexico Bowl — the first bowl game of the season.

The Owls (9-4) had three interceptions — tying a New Mexico Bowl record — en route to the second bowl victory in school history. The first interception came at the start of the second quarter when Temple’s Kee-arye Griffin picked off Smith’s pass to setting up Matt Brown’s 1-yard touchdown run that gave the Owls a 21-0 lead.

The last one came late in the game to Temple’s Kevin Kroboth, resulting in a field goal.

“Our starting point is playing great defense,” first-year Temple coach Steve Addazio said. “That’s what our program’s built around. We lead a lot of statistical categories in the country, and we have a lot of pride in playing great defense.”

The New Mexico Bowl was Temple’s second bowl game in three years, but that 2009 game — a 30-21 loss to UCLA in the EagleBank Bowl in Washington — was the Owls’ first bowl in 30 years. The Mid-American Conference East runner-up did not get a bowl invite last year despite going 8-4.

Coyer, who also rushed for 71 yards, was selected the game’s offensive MVP.

“Getting on top early, of course, was going to be a big deal in this game,” Coyer said. “We knew that they had a very explosive offense, and throughout the year that’s been big for us — to get ahead early.”

Meanwhile, Smith was held to just 127 yards by a greedy Owls defensive line that prevented the Cowboys from getting anything started.

“Not his best day,” Cowboys coach Dave Christensen said. “But the great news is he’s got three more years and he’ll work extremely hard in the offseason. He’ll bounce back. He always does.”

The loss dropped the Cowboys (8-5) to 6-7 in bowl games. It was a disappointed effort by Wyoming after the Cowboys won the 2009 New Mexico Bowl in double overtime, beating Fresno State 35-28.

“They just played physically better than us,” Christensen said. “My hat’s off to them. They’re a good running team. They’re a good football team.”

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(25) Temple University 73 – St. Joseph 46

In the A-10 opener for both (25) Temple and St. Joe’s it was all Temple University. Temple’s Lavoy Allen had a double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds after sitting 10 minutes due to being late for a team film session. Ryan Brooks added 13 in the 73-46 blowout of city rival St. Joe’s.

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Temple University 75 – (3) Villanova Wildcats 65

The Temple University Owls are not the best in all sports but are known to get key upsets as history may show. Yesterday, they played the No. 3 Villanova Wildcats at the Liacouras Center and it was a great game. Temple’s Juan Fernandez had a career night with 33 points, as he dropped 7 3-pointers. Temple fans were chanting “Overrated” towards the end of the game. Temple won the game 75-65.

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Temple University 47 – Kent State 13

The Temple Owls have been on a roll ever since starting the season at 0-2. Ever since, they have won 9 straight games, including yesterday. Matt Brown ran for 156 yards and two touchdowns, and Delano Green had two scores to lead Temple to a 47-13 win over Kent State.

The Owls won a share of the Eastern division crown and can clinch a spot in the MAC title game by beating Ohio University on Friday night. Temple is now 9-2 (7-0). Let’s Go Temple!

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Temple University 56 – Akron 17 (NCAA Football)

My Temple Owls are on a roll!. They are now 8-2 (6-0) on the season. They played Akron last night and Temple QB Chester Stewart had 4 touchdowns (2 passing and 2 rushing). They dominated the whole game and won 56-17. With only 2 regular season games left, they are on pace hopefully reach the MAC Championship and will almost definitely have a bowl game as well. Go OWLS!

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Temple University 34 – Miami (OH) 32 (NCAA Football)

Temple University has been on a hot streak after losing the Mayor’s Cup to Villanova and a big loss to Penn State. After the first 2 games of the season, Temple has won 7 straight games, including last night’s victory. The Owl’s played Miami (OH) in what was a very close one. Bernard Pierce had 178 yards rushing and 3 touchdowns for Temple, but the game winner was a late field goal. The Owls gave up the lead in the 4th quarter, but came out on top 34-32.

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Temple University Repeat A10 Champs!


Temple pulled the come from behind during the end of the season and then in the A10 Tournament to win the championship today. They had a first round bye and then beat St. Joe’s on Thursday. Temple then beat the top team in the conference last night with a win over Xavier. Finally, tonight they beat Duquesne in the finals and are doing dancing. Dionte Christmas lead the way with 29 points for the Owls. Shout out to my Temple Owls……you guys did it.

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