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.
Rhule said he wants to add more athletic playmakers to the mix. He wants to add better pass rushers and improve the secondary, both areas of weakness this season.
“That’s my job in the offseason,” Rhule said. “Now we still have games to play and keep getting better. But the offseason is the time to find the athletes that can help us in those situations.”
Freshmen quarterback P.J. Walker and sophomore receiver Robby Anderson have excelled lately, and both said Saturday that it is a result of watching a lot of film together.
“Every night we are in the room watching film together for about an hour and a half,” Anderson said. “He has trust in me, and I have trust in him, and it’s starting to translate to the field.”
Walker passed for four touchdowns and completed 26 of 44 passes for 382 yards. It’s the third-highest total in team history behind Henry Burris’ 445 and 392 yards in 1996. Walker also ran for a touchdown. Anderson caught eight passes for 184 yards and two touchdowns, one of them going for 75 yards.
The pair had another monster day together on Oct. 26, when the Owls fell to Southern Methodist, 59-49. In that game, Walker passed for 293 yards and four touchdowns. He also rushed for 108 yards and another touchdown. Anderson caught nine passes for 239 yards, a school record, and two touchdowns.
As Temple posted its second-highest point total of the season, two Owls scored their first career touchdowns. Fifth-year senior tight end Chris Parthemore caught a 7-yard touchdown pass from Walker with 2 minutes, 4 seconds left in the game. Parthemore then caught a two-point conversion pass to give Temple a short-lived 36-29 lead.
Sophomore running back Jamie Gilmore scored his first touchdown late in the second quarter, when he pulled in a 32-yard pass from Walker.
Temple’s home finale against Connecticut on Saturday will kick off at 7 p.m.