Speed Sweep: Temple Owls Rain on Charlotte 49ers’ Parade

Oct 2, 2015; Charlotte, NC, USA; Temple Owls wide receiver Robby Anderson (19) celebrates his touchdown during the second half against the Charlotte 49ers at Jerry Richardson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

Temple Owls top the Charlotte 49ers in a waterlogged rout.

Oct 2, 2015; Charlotte, NC, USA; Temple Owls wide receiver Robby Anderson (19) celebrates his touchdown during the second half against the Charlotte 49ers at Jerry Richardson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 2, 2015; Charlotte, NC, USA; Temple Owls wide receiver Robby Anderson (19) celebrates his touchdown during the second half against the Charlotte 49ers at Jerry Richardson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

(C+P) — On a rainy Friday night, The Temple Owls defeated the Charlotte 49ers Friday by the score of 37-3.

What it means

The Temple Owls move to 4-0, a record that they have not obtained since 1974. The win also is the team’s biggest margin of victory since Sept. 20, 2014, when the team defeated Delaware State 59-0.

Turning point

The turning point in the game came on Temple’s first possession of the second half. The Owls were able to establish the running game and systematically drove down the field. The drive was capped with a 1-yard touchdown run by Jahad Thomas.

Oct 2, 2015; Charlotte, NC, USA; Temple Owls running back Jahad Thomas (5) runs the ball agains the Charlotte 49ers at Jerry Richardson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 2, 2015; Charlotte, NC, USA; Temple Owls running back Jahad Thomas (5) runs the ball agains the Charlotte 49ers at Jerry Richardson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

 

Play of the Game

Linebacker Nate L Smith was able to pick up a blocked punt in the third quarter and returned it 16 yards for a touchdown. The touchdown solidified the win for the Owls.

 

Co-Players of the game

Jahad Thomas continues to have a stellar season. Thomas carried the ball 20 times for  109 yards and two touchdowns. It was the third time this season that Thomas ran for over the century mark. Wide receiver Robbie Anderson started off slowly, dropping a couple of catchable passes from quarterback P.J. Walker. Anderson was able to bounce back and in the second half, caught two touchdown passes.

 

Worth noting

Temple did a good job Friday with their third down conversions. The Owls were able to convert 50 percent of their third downs. Prior to the game against the 49ers, the team was ranked 63rd in the nation (40.82 percent).

 

Oct 2, 2015; Charlotte, NC, USA; Charlotte 49ers running back Bradan Smith (16) looks at a pass intercepted by Temple Owls defensive back Nate L. Smith (13) during the second half at Jerry Richardson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 2, 2015; Charlotte, NC, USA; Charlotte 49ers running back Bradan Smith (16) looks at a pass intercepted by Temple Owls defensive back Nate L. Smith (13) during the second half at Jerry Richardson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

Interceptions

With Nate L. Smith’s fourth quarter interception kept Temple’s interception streak alive. The defense now has had at least one interception in each game this season.

Looking Ahead

Temple will be back at home against the Tulane Green Wave. The Homecoming game will mark the first time that Temple will have a home game since the Sept. 10 game against Penn State. The game is the first of three games against teams from the American Athletic Conference’s Western Division. Game time is 12 p.m..

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