Stadium: Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium
Coach: Mike Houston
SU Record: 3-6
ATS Record: 5-4-0
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The Temple Owls
The Temple Owls have been playing collegiate football since the 1894 season, and they are 477-590-52 (.450) in their 120 seasons thus far. They do not have a home field of their own, but since 2003, they have been sharing residency with the Philadelphia Eagles inside of Lincoln Financial Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The Owls have played in nine Bowl Games in their history and are just 3-6 in those games. They have won two conference championships as they won the Middle Atlantic Conference in 1967 and won the American Athletic Conference back in 2016 as well. Temple University has two main rivalries as their rivals are the Penn State Nittany Lions and Villanova Wildcats.
The Owls are 4-40-1 against the Nittany Lions and the Mayor’s Cup is awarded to the winner of the Villanova-Temple matchup. They have played 34 games and are 16-16-2 all-time against them.
Championships by the Temple Owls
The Temple Owls are not a very historic collegiate football program if you look at their championships. They have competed for the Mid-American Conference- East Division championship in 2009 as they were 9-4 with a 7-1 conference record. However, they were awarded for being co-champions with the Ohio Bobcats.
In 2015, Temple won the American- East division championship with a 10-4 record and a 7-1 conference record. However, they lost 24-13 to Houston in the conference championship. In 2016, they won the East division once again and defeated Navy 34-10 to win the American Conference.
Besides 2016, the Temple Owls did win the Middle Atlantic Conference all the way back in 1967 with head coach George Makris as the Owls went 7-2 with an undefeated 4-0 record inside of the conference. Looking at Bowl games, Temple is 3-6 in bowl games, including going 1-4 in their last five Bowl games between 2015-2019.
Key Stats By Temple Owls
Looking at all of the head-to-head records against Temple, the Owls have picked up their most wins (16) against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, despite not playing against one another since 2013. Despite playing for over 120 seasons, the Owls have 52 people on their football side of their collegiate Hall of Fame including Todd Bowles, Jim Callahan, and Tex Robinson.
This program has not really spent many times as a ranked team according to the AP Poll, as Temple has recorded 16 total weeks in the top-25 and finished the year once there as well. The Owls have produced 80 players that were drafted into the NFL with the first being with tackle Bill Docherty and there has been some NFL skill from here.
Only Joe Kleck has received an All-Pro selection, but ten former Temple Owls have found their way to a Pro Bowl selection throughout their individual career.
Top Players in Temple Owls History
One of their best players in the program has been quarterback P.J. Walker as he played from 2013-2016. He is the all-time leading passer as he is the only quarterback with over 7,500 career passing yards, as he finished with 10,668 yards with a 74-44 touchdown-to-interception ratio.
Wide receiver Ventell Bryant played for the Owls from 2015-2018 and he leads the program in both receptions (173) and receiving yards (2,444) while adding ten touchdowns to the stats. Running the ball is critical and running back Paul Palmer leads the football program in rushing yards. He played for Temple from 1983-1986 as he had a program-leading 944 carries for 4,985 yards (5.2 yards per carry) with 39 touchdowns.
Palmer also had 87 receptions for 709 yards and four more touchdowns. Having a kicker like Brandon McManus in your program from 2009-2012 is crucial as he went 158-of-163 for extra points (96.9 percent) and 60-of-83 (72.3 percent) field goal attempts.
Top Coaches in Temple Owls History
When looking at some of the better coaches in college football, it is difficult as many people want to jump around to bigger and better programs. However, Wayne Hardin had the longest tenure as an Owls coach as in 13 seasons; he went 80-52-3 (.604 winning percentage).
One of their most well-known coaches in program history was coaching for the Owls between 1933-1938 in Glenn “Pop” Warner. Warner went 31-18-9 in his Temple coaching career and was the first coach in Temple’s history to coach in a Bowl Game but lost that game.
Looking at recent history, Matt Rhule finished 28-23 in his four seasons but went 10-4 in each of his last two seasons but could not pick up a Bowl victory as they lost the Boca Raton Bowl in 2015 and the Military Bowl in 2016 (Ed Foley was the interim coach for that bowl game). Rhule coached in the American Athletic Conference and went 19-14 in the conference.
Frequently Asked Questions
15 conference championships
8 National Championships.