Temple Wins 9th Straight Football Game
Four seasons ago Temple head coach Al Golden came to a team who had just went 0-11, and was essentially booted from the Big East Conference. In that season, the Owls were outscored 498-107. Last year, Temple showed potential going 5-7. They lost many tough, heartbreaking games including a loss to Buffalo on a Hail Mary, an extremely costly fumble in the final seconds in the Navy contest which reminded viewers of the “Miracle in the Meadowlands” and backbreaking losses to Connecticut and Kent State. If they had beaten Buffalo, the Owls would have been one of the two participants in the MAC Championship Game. Instead, Temple sat at home knowing very well that they had blown their chance to make a bowl game.
2009 has clearly been the football teams best season since the Owls last made a bowl in 1979, the Garden State Bowl. That year the squad finished 10-2 and defeated California in the bowl game 28-17. The 1979 team holds the record for most wins in a season.
Bernard Pierce has been absolutely sensational in his freshman season. Behind a meaty offensive line, each member is over 300 lbs, Pierce has found gaping holes to run through all season long. He is currently 8th in the nation in rushing with 1308 yards and 15 touchdowns. It’s truly remarkable to see a guy who was barely even recruited to have this kind of success.
In the home season finale, the football team drew 21,046 people. This is by far the largest crowd I have seen in my years at Temple University. It just makes you smile, especially when rooting for a team that has been downright dreadful the last three decades. When I saw Bernard Pierce’s freshman season being compared to Adrian Peterson’s freshman year at Oklahoma on Sportscenter, I knew that the school had been perpetraded in a positive light. The Owls are no longer a stepping stone, they are making an impact. Temple will play Ohio on Friday at 11AM on ESPNU. The winner will play Central Michigan in the MAC Championship Game.