In Saturday’s game, the Owls held the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets to a mere 2 points, the lowest point total for Georgia Tech since 1997, when they were shutout by the Florida State Seminoles 38-0. Facing former coach Geoff Collins might have been intimidating, but Temple proved strong and had some great performances during the game, securing a win at home with a final score of 24-2. Following a tough loss against the Buffalo Bulls the week prior, the Owls bounced back with a great win. Here are the takeaways from week four’s victory!
Temple Reunion With Coach Collins of Georgia Tech
Before Georgia Tech, Geoff Collins was the head coach for the Temple football team, from 2017-2018. In his first season, Coach Collins and the Owls finished the season 7-6 with a victory in the Gasparilla Bowl. The second season proved to be even more successful for Collins, as the Owls went 8-4 and qualified for the 2018 Independence Bowl. Collins would not coach that game as he already announced his departure to Georgia Tech. The game on Saturday was close to him for a number of reasons, which made the loss even more difficult. On losing to Temple, Collins stated, “Obviously, the loss hurts really, really bad, multiplied by how personal it was. I thought we played really, really hard against, I think, one of the best front sevens in all of college football.”
On Saturday, the Temple offense performed well and put up 24 points in the game. QB Anthony Russo completed 9 out of 22 attempted completions for 127 yards and 1 INT. Running Back Re’Mahn Davis truly shined with 29 carries for 135 yards and 2 TDs. One of his greatest plays of the game was during the 2nd quarter with an 18-yard touchdown on fourth down, giving the Owls the lead 7-0.
The Temple defense really came to play on Saturday, dominating the field and securing the win for the Owls. Safety Benny Walls had 2 big defensive plays and 6 tackles. A memorable play during the game was when Walls caught a fumble and returned it for a 74 yard touchdown in the 3rd quarter.
Walls also intercepted a pass and ran it for 65 yards, bringing it to the Yellow Jackets 35.
Overall, the Owls had a great game with some great plays from the offense and a strong defense. This week, Temple travels to Greenville, N.C. to play the East Carolina Pirates on October 3rd at 8pm on ESPN. Go Owls!