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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Owls' Fitzpatrick breaking loose

Junior wide receiver Jalen Fitzpatrick, Temple’s leading receiver last season, is starting to make plays for the Owls.

After being held without a touchdown in the Owls’ first four games, Fitzpatrick has caught a touchdown in each of the Owls’ last three.

The junior had the best game of his career in the Owls’ first win of the season Saturday, a 33-14 victory over Army, catching four passes for a career-high 128. This included a 37-yard touchdown reception on the second drive of the game. And it was Fitzpatrick’s 45-yard reception of a P.J. Walker throw on the first drive of the game that set up Kenny Harper’s 1-yard touchdown.

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Owls’ Fitzpatrick breaking loose

Junior wide receiver Jalen Fitzpatrick, Temple’s leading receiver last season, is starting to make plays for the Owls.

After being held without a touchdown in the Owls’ first four games, Fitzpatrick has caught a touchdown in each of the Owls’ last three.

The junior had the best game of his career in the Owls’ first win of the season Saturday, a 33-14 victory over Army, catching four passes for a career-high 128. This included a 37-yard touchdown reception on the second drive of the game. And it was Fitzpatrick’s 45-yard reception of a P.J. Walker throw on the first drive of the game that set up Kenny Harper’s 1-yard touchdown.

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Owls' Walker preps for first start

When Temple secured P.J. Walker’s signature on a letter of intent, most Owls fans thought that they would have to wait about a year to get a look at the highly touted quarterback.

But Temple’s slow start, coupled with injuries and inconsistent quarterback play, forced new coach Matt Rhule to speed up the process. Walker will make his first career start Friday when the Owls (0-5, 0-2 American Athletic Conference) play at Cincinnati (3-2, 0-1).

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Owls’ Walker preps for first start

When Temple secured P.J. Walker’s signature on a letter of intent, most Owls fans thought that they would have to wait about a year to get a look at the highly touted quarterback.

But Temple’s slow start, coupled with injuries and inconsistent quarterback play, forced new coach Matt Rhule to speed up the process. Walker will make his first career start Friday when the Owls (0-5, 0-2 American Athletic Conference) play at Cincinnati (3-2, 0-1).

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P.J. Walker to start at QB for Temple

During training camp, Temple freshman quarterback P.J. Walker surprised both teammates and coaches alike with his meticulous attention to detail and work ethic, both on the field and in studying the playbook.

So it probably comes as no surprise that Walker, who will be Temple’s third starting quarterback this season on Friday when the Owls (0-5) play at Cincinnati, was his own biggest critic following Saturday’s loss to Louisville.

“My performance today was decent, but it wasn’t good enough,” Walker said in the aftermath of the Owls’ 30-7 loss. “I could have played a lot better. I made a few mistakes and knew I should have been playing a lot better than I did.”

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Temple offensive tackle Dion Dawkins likely lost for season

Temple’s starting right tackle, Dion Dawkins, suffered a broken foot against Louisville on Saturday and is probably lost for the season.

“I think he’ll be out for the rest of the year,” coach Matt Rhule said.

The Owls will probably replace him in the lineup with Cody Booth. Booth, who had started at left tackle earlier in the season, filled in Saturday. However, he was unable to practice much last week due to a concussion.

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Highlights of Rhule's AAC press conference

Here are a few topical items that Temple coach Matt Rhule touched on today during his America n Athletic Conference teleconference with reporters:

On whether or not the loss to Idaho has broken the spirit of this young team:

“No,” Rhule said, “not at all. I don’t think we have a fractured team with a fractured psyche at all. I think we have a team that is resilient and wants to prove that it can come back and win.”

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