Temple Is Playing at Penn State on September 17th This Year

Students in the Temple Owls student section cheer during the fourth quarter against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Lincoln Financial Field on Sept. 5, 2015. Temple defeated Penn State 27-10. Photo | Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports

Students in the Temple Owls student section cheer during the fourth quarter against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Lincoln Financial Field on Sept. 5, 2015. Temple defeated Penn State 27-10. Photo | Matthew O’Haren-USA TODAY Sports

Last year, Temple beat Penn State for the first time since 1941. That’s 74 years! Next season, they’ll travel to Happy Valley to try to make it two in a row. Temple announced that that game will be on September 17th when the team announced its 2016 football schedule.

Temple rallied from a 10-point deficit and ended up beating the Nittany Lions going away, 27-10, at the Linc last season. But winning on the road is a tougher matter altogether: The Owls lost 30-13 the last time they played in State College, and Penn State was 6-1 at home last season. Read more »

How Clemson’s Football Coach Used Creed to Inspire His Players

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In case you missed it in the New Year’s Eve madness, the Wall Street Journal last week published an article about Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney’s habit of having his team break down film the day before its games. Nothing new in that. But Swinney isn’t screening footage of Clemson’s opponents. He’s showing his team the latest Hollywood flicks. And since his team is undefeated and ranked number one in the nation, his method must be working. Clemson plays Alabama in Monday’s national championship game. Read more »

WATCH: Temple Got Hosed By the Referees Last Night

Temple coach Matt Rhule argues an onside kick recovery call with the referee during the second half of the Boca Raton Bowl NCAA college football game against Toledo, Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015, in Boca Raton, Fla. Toledo defeated Temple 32-17.

Temple coach Matt Rhule argues an onside kick recovery call with the referee during the second half of the Boca Raton Bowl NCAA college football game against Toledo, Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015, in Boca Raton, Fla. Toledo defeated Temple 32-17.

Temple’s dream season ended with a thud last night. But it wasn’t all the team’s fault.

The Owls fell to the Toledo Rockets last night, 32-17, in the Boca Raton Bowl. Temple finishes the season 10-4, tied for the most wins in school history. But the Owls end the year with consecutive losses, and won’t finish the year in the Associated Press Top 25. It was a good year, but the end is kind of a downer.

But! The Owls should’ve had a chance to drive for the tying score. Temple couldn’t get into the end zone for much of the game, but Kip Patton finally scored with 2:50 to go. A 2-point conversion pass from P.J. Walker to Robby Anderson made it 25-17. Temple went for an onside kick. If they recovered it, they’d have a chance to tie it.

And they appeared to recover it! Only the referees decided it was Toledo’s ball instead. Read more »

Temple Plays in Boca Raton Bowl Tonight

Temple linebacker Tyler Matakevich (8) holds the American Conference East Division Trophy following the second half of an NCAA college football game against Connecticut, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015, in Philadelphia. Temple won 27-3.

Temple linebacker Tyler Matakevich (8) holds the American Conference East Division Trophy following the second half of an NCAA college football game against Connecticut, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015, in Philadelphia. Temple won 27-3.

Temple goes for a program-record 11th win tonight when it takes on Toledo in the Boca Raton Bowl. The game is at 7 on ESPN.

The Owls are 10-3 this year, and currently ranked No. 24 in the nation by the Associated Press. A win against Toledo tonight and the Owls will likely finish the season ranked for the first time since 1979.

It’s been a dream season for the Owls, who opened the season with a 27-10 win over Penn State at Lincoln Financial Field. Temple went 7-0 to start the season and hosted College GameDay. Read more »

Kenney, Temple Meet Over Proposed Stadium

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Mayor-elect Jim Kenney was scheduled to meet Thursday with Temple University officials to discuss the university’s proposal for a new $100 million football stadium.

Lauren Hitt, Kenney’s spokeswoman, said he came to the meeting without an agenda.

“It’s an informational meeting. It’s a chance for Temple to share with the mayor how they came to this decision” and the factors guiding it, she said. “They asked for the meeting. We’re there to listen, and any next steps will be determined following that.” Read more »

How Penn’s Veterinary School Saved Navy’s Goat Mascot — Twice

Bill 36 (left); all the current Bills (right)

Bill 36 (left); all the current Bills (right). Photos | University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine

The 116th edition of the storied Army-Navy football game returns to Philly this Saturday after a brief hiatus in Maryland. Among the pigskin lore surrounding the (mostly) annual contest between the Black Knights and the Midshipmen: The first football helmet made its debut in the 1893 Army-Navy game. (It was fashioned by a shoemaker to protect the noggin of the man who would become Admiral Joseph Mason Reeves after doctors warned him another kick to the head could cause insanity.)

The teams may not be the powers they once were — they’ve both had winning records going into this contest only twice since 1963 — but the rivalry is. (The weight plates in the Navy weight room are engraved BEAT ARMY.) And a big part of that rivalry are the team’s mascots: the Army mule and the Navy goat. Or, rather, four goats — a tag team, Bill 33 and Bill 34, who at age 10 are nearing retirement, and their soon-to-be replacements, Bill 35 and Bill 36, 18-month-old Angora goat brothers donated by a Texas rancher to replace the current pair when they can no longer fulfill their duties, which mostly consist of looking really cute and letting kids pet them without biting. (The naming thing is tradition, not a failure of imagination; all but three Navy goat mascots have been named Bill dating back to 1900.) Read more »

Temple Will Play Toledo in Boca Raton Bowl

The Temple Owl mascot leads the team onto the field during an October 10, 2015, game against Tulane at Lincoln Financial Field.

Temple is headed to Florida for its bowl game.

The Owls, who had the most regular season wins in team history this year with a 10-3 mark, will play Toledo in the Boca Raton Bowl on December 22nd. The news was first reported by Jordan Strack of WTOL in Toledo.

The Owls end the regular season ranked No. 25 in the nation in the Associated Press top-25 media poll. They lost 24-13 to Houston in the American Athletic Conference title game on Saturday. Read more »

Want to Sing the National Anthem at a Temple Football Game? It Will Cost You. A Lot.

Photos via Shutterstock.com

Photos via Shutterstock.com.

On Saturday night in front of a sold-out Lincoln Financial Field and a television audience projected to be in the millions, East Falls’ Allison Boyle (a current Temple student) and her sister Jessica will perform the National Anthem prior to the much-anticipated Temple-Notre Dame football brawl. They were chosen to sing at the game prior to the season, when it was just another on the Temple football schedule; since then, the game has basically turned into Philly’s Super Bowl. But the Boyle sisters didn’t turn up here by chance. They basically were required to pay their way into the spotlight.

“We have the National Anthem as an asset,” explains Scott Walcoff, the associate athletic director of marketing and sales for Temple University’s athletics department. “We sell it.”  Read more »

College GameDay Set All Ready for Temple/Notre Dame Game

Photo | Rob DiRienzo

Photo | Rob DiRienzo

Market Street between 5th and 6th streets is not a street right now. It’s a TV set.

ESPN’s College GameDay has completely taken over the block in front of Independence Hall for Temple’s big matchup with Notre Dame tomorrow. Police blocked off the street and a heavy private security presence guarded the set.

By 1 p.m., the setting up was pretty much complete, everything was in position. Corporate sponsors had begun giving out freebies to curious passersby. Several cameras, two Jumbotrons and dozens of TVs were at the ready for the show tomorrow, which kicks off at 9 a.m.

On 5th and 6th, traffic was a little bit heavier than normal, but was still moving. Read more »

College GameDay Is Coming to the Temple Game This Weekend

College GameDay is coming to Philadelphia this weekend after all.

GameDay will broadcast from Independence Mall.

Late last week, multiple reports said College GameDay would be coming to Philadelphia for the Notre Dame-Temple game on Saturday night. Mike Missanelli of 97.5 The Fanatic (and Philadelphia magazine!) reported ESPN was looking at Independence Mall, while the Philadelphia Business Journal said ESPN was thinking of Xfinity Live!

It seemed like we should know by the weekend. But last night, GameDay delayed its announcement. Read more »

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