Ryquell Armstead and Jager Gardner combined for two rushing touchdowns and Keith Kirkwood caught two touchdowns as the Temple Owls defeated Stony Brook Seawolves Saturday 38-0. It was the first shutout the Owls had since defeating Delaware State 59-0 in 2014.
After a disappointing loss to Army last week, the Owls looked more physical, especially on defense. The Owls held the Seawolves to 117 yards of total offense and did not allow a third-down conversion all game.
“We had a good week with a lot of intensity,” said safety Sean Chandler. “It showed on the field. We were all hyped up and it helped us play fast and detailed. We were locked in.” Chandler recorded an interception and had a 48-yard punt return. Punter Alex Starzyk also helped pin back the Stony Brook offense, twice landing punts that were downed at the one-yard line.
With running back Jahad Thomas out once again, the combination of Ryquell Armstead, Isaiah Wright, Jager Gardner and David Hood all contributed to the rushing attack. The team averaged 4.5 yards per carry. With the team moving the ball efficiently on the ground, the play action pass froze some of the linebackers and defensive backs, allowing some of the receivers some separation to make plays.
Quarterback Phillip Walker completed 11 of his 23 passes for 124 yards and three touchdowns. For a second straight week, Walker faced a lot of pressure and was forced to create plays with his legs. Two of his touchdown passes went to wide receiver Keith Kirkwood.
“Kirkwood’s confidence is unbelievable right now. It is a lot better than when he first came here. He is playing lights out and he is showing the team that he is a really good football player.
Temple now sets its sight toward their in-state rival Penn State. The Nittany Lions lost to Pittsburgh Saturday 42-39. Kickoff Saturday will be at noon in State College.