Owls earn 1st win, hand Terps 1st loss

Daily Times (Primos, PA) - - SPORTS -

COL­LEGE PARK, MD. » Des­per­ate to get its first win of the season, Tem­ple in­cor­po­rated a de­fen­sive strat­egy that could be summed up in three sim­ple words: Stop the run.

Jam­ming the line of scrim­mage and dar­ing Mary­land (2-1) to throw, the Owls (1-2) shut down the Ter­rap­ins’ po­tent of­fense and pulled off a 35-14 up­set Satur­day.

Af­ter the Ter­rap­ins ran over Texas and Bowl­ing Green, Tem­ple coach Ge­off Collins knew what the Owls, 16-point un­der­dogs, had to do.

“Our de­fen­sive staff had a great plan and our de­fense ex­e­cuted that plan,” Collins said. “We took away a lot of the things they had done well in the first two games, and when they changed up, our guys were able to change up.”

A rush­ing attack that had been av­er­ag­ing 293.5 yards per game to­taled only 50 through the first three quar­ters and fin­ished with 132.

“Credit to Tem­ple. They had a great scheme,” Mary­land in­terim coach Matt Canada said.

Ryquell Arm­stead rushed for 118 yards and Anthony Russo threw for 228 yards in place of in­jured Frank Nu­tile to help Tem­ple (1-2) bounce back from losses at home to Vil­lanova and Buf­falo.

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