Owls earn 1st win, hand Terps 1st loss
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.