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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