Rhule says Temple needs help on defense

Temple still has two games left in the regular season.

However, after Saturday’s 39-36 loss to Central Florida, coach Matt Rhule addressed the offseason and said that upgrading the team’s talent – especially on defense – is a huge priority.

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UCF'S O'Leary: Owls headed in right direction

Central Florida coach George O’Leary had nothing but praise for Temple Monday during his American Athletic Conference teleconference on Monday.

Central Florida (8-1), ranked 17h in the nation, needed a 23-yard field goal with time running out over the weekend to pull out a 39-36 victory over Temple, which fell to 1-9 on the season with two games left to play.

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UCF’S O’Leary: Owls headed in right direction

Central Florida coach George O’Leary had nothing but praise for Temple Monday during his American Athletic Conference teleconference on Monday.

Central Florida (8-1), ranked 17h in the nation, needed a 23-yard field goal with time running out over the weekend to pull out a 39-36 victory over Temple, which fell to 1-9 on the season with two games left to play.

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Rutgers' Nova confident going into final drive vs. Temple

When Temple, leading by 20-16 with 1 minute, 50 seconds to play, failed to convert on fourth and 1 at the Rutgers 27 and turned the ball over to the Scarlet Knights, Rutgers quarterback Gary Nova felt confident.

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Rutgers’ Nova confident going into final drive vs. Temple

When Temple, leading by 20-16 with 1 minute, 50 seconds to play, failed to convert on fourth and 1 at the Rutgers 27 and turned the ball over to the Scarlet Knights, Rutgers quarterback Gary Nova felt confident.

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Rutgers' late drive sinks Temple

For the better part of this receding season, the Temple football team has talked about putting together a complete 60 minutes of football.

On Saturday, for 58 minutes at High Point Solutions Stadium, they came tantalizingly close to making this happen. Unfortunately for the Owls, offensive and defensive breakdowns in the last two minutes against Rutgers denied Temple its first American Athletic Conference victory

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Rutgers’ late drive sinks Temple

For the better part of this receding season, the Temple football team has talked about putting together a complete 60 minutes of football.

On Saturday, for 58 minutes at High Point Solutions Stadium, they came tantalizingly close to making this happen. Unfortunately for the Owls, offensive and defensive breakdowns in the last two minutes against Rutgers denied Temple its first American Athletic Conference victory

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Smith scores first points for Temple's defense

Temple’s defense scored its first points of the season when Nate D. Smith, who has played all over the field this season, scooped up Army reserve quarterback Kelvin White’s fumble and rambled 19 yards for a touchdown that extended the Owls’ lead to 26-0 late in the first half of Saturday’s 33-14 win.

Smith, who had been moved from middle linebacker to defensive end after Sean Daniels suffered a season-ending injury, was the Owls’ game captain.

This season has been an interesting ride for the sophomore. Last spring he was demoted from the starting lineup for running afoul of team rules, but he worked himself back. Now one of the biggest decisions the Owls will have to make is where to play him.

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Smith scores first points for Temple’s defense

Temple’s defense scored its first points of the season when Nate D. Smith, who has played all over the field this season, scooped up Army reserve quarterback Kelvin White’s fumble and rambled 19 yards for a touchdown that extended the Owls’ lead to 26-0 late in the first half of Saturday’s 33-14 win.

Smith, who had been moved from middle linebacker to defensive end after Sean Daniels suffered a season-ending injury, was the Owls’ game captain.

This season has been an interesting ride for the sophomore. Last spring he was demoted from the starting lineup for running afoul of team rules, but he worked himself back. Now one of the biggest decisions the Owls will have to make is where to play him.

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Temple defeats Army to pick up first win for Rhule

During this trying season, Temple coach Matt Rhule has been repeating over and over to his players that they have to make things happen instead of letting things happen to them.

And on Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field, Rhule, who was hired in December, finally saw his team make things happen.

Losers of 11 of their last 12 games dating back to last season, Temple, which began the day as one of eight Football Bowl Subdivision teams still looking for its first win of the season, earned a convincing 33-14 victory over Army in front of a homecoming crowd of 25,533.

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