PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Temple coach Geoff Collins needed his deep, booming voice for his postgame press conference.
In the adjacent locker room, the music was loud and so was the chanting. And why not? Amid an uneven first season in charge, Collins' Owls put together their best performance of the season.
Frank Nutile threw for 289 yards and four touchdowns, and Temple's struggling offense awoke to beat struggling Navy 34-26 on Thursday night.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bryant Shirreffs threw for three touchdowns, Tyler Cole had a pick-six, and Connecticut held off Temple 28-24 on Saturday to end an eight-game skid in conference play.
The Huskies defense forced two turnovers and stopped Temple on downs three times, including the Owls' final drive, which ended in an incomplete Hail Mary pass with seconds left.
GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Logan Marchi threw for 321 yards for his first career 300-yard game and had two touchdowns passes to help Temple top East Carolina 34-10 on Saturday.
ECU led 3-0 after one quarter, but Temple (3-3, 1-2 American Athletic Conference) took over in the second, scoring 24 unanswered points. The Owls finished an eight-play, 91-yard drive with Marchi's 5-yard touchdown toss to Adonis Jennings to make it 10-3.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Kyle Postma passed for 226 yards and a touchdown, and the Houston defense made three interceptions in a 20-13 victory over Temple on Saturday.
Houston's defense held Temple to 324 total yards, including 142 rushing. Garrett Davis intercepted two of Logan Marchi's passes and Isiah Johnson grabbed the other.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Isaiah Wright made a one-handed, 13-yard touchdown catch with 3:48 remaining and Temple held on to beat winless Massachusetts 29-21 on Friday night.
Logan Marchi's lofted pass to Wright in the corner of the end zone capped a 10-play, 72-yard drive for a 29-14 lead. UMass responded with a quick-scoring drive, punctuated by Andrew Ford's 3-yard sneak with 1:41 left.