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College Football
Temple at South Florida
When: 7:00 PM ET, Saturday, November 14, 2015
Where: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

Temple showed a great deal of character its last time out, recovering from a heart-breaking loss to Notre Dame by authoring the best offensive performance by an Owls team in more than 40 years. No. 21 Temple hopes to deliver another strong performance Saturday in its final road game of the season against USF.

The Owls can clinch the East Division and a berth in the first American Athletic Conference championship game with a win Saturday. They would love to match their effort against SMU last week, when they rolled to a 60-40 victory behind five total touchdowns from quarterback P.J. Walker. "Defensively, this will be the best team we face other than Florida State," USF coach Willie Taggart said to reporters this week. The Bulls are the only team with a chance to catch Temple in the division race - a position USF is in thanks to four wins in its last five games.

TV: 7 p.m. ET, CBS Sports Network. LINE: Temple -3

ABOUT TEMPLE (8-1, 5-0 AAC): Walker has 14 TDs against four INTs this season, but Jahad Thomas is clearly the best offensive player for the Owls. Thomas has 970 yards on the ground and 14 touchdowns, including at least one rushing score in every game this season. The Owls, who are aiming to go 6-0 on the road for the first time in school history, have given up only 12 sacks all year.

ABOUT USF (5-4, 3-2): Quinton Flowers has accounted for 19 touchdowns this season - 12 passing scores - while ranking second on the team in rushing yards. Backfield mate Marlon Mack has surpassed 100 rushing yards in four of his last five outings - a key for the Bulls, who are 4-0 this year when he runs for at least 110 yards. Rodney Adams (24 catches, 428 yards) is capable of big things, as evidenced by his numbers against Connecticut last month (five catches, 118 yards, three TDs).


1. USF is 5-0 when scoring more than 17 points and 0-4 when failing to surpass that figure.

2. The Owls won the only previous meeting, 37-28, in 2012.

3. Temple has not won in the state of Florida since December 3, 1938.

PREDICTION: Temple 17, USF 16
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W‑L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Temple 8-1 W1 34.0 18.4 3-1 5-0 4-1 1-0 5-0
South Florida 5-4 W1 27.7 22.2 3-1 2-3 5-3 0-0 3-2
Last Meeting
Temple South Florida
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
10/6/12 USF 28 TEM 37 383 216 167 384 165 219
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Temple C. Coyer 80.0 167 1 0
South Florida B. Daniels 58.1 219 1 1
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Temple M. Harris 24 133 5.5 2
South Florida D. Murray 19 80 4.2 1
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Temple C. Booth 3 39 13.0 1
South Florida D. Hopkins 3 66 22.0 0
Touchdowns Player TD
Temple M. Harris 2
South Florida L. Lamar 2
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Temple P. Walker 58.8 1769 14 4
South Florida Q. Flowers 59.5 1446 12 6
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Temple J. Thomas 201 970 4.8 14
South Florida M. Mack 143 835 5.8 4
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Temple R. Anderson 37 524 14.2 6
South Florida R. Adams 24 428 17.8 6
Touchdowns Player TD
Temple J. Thomas 15
South Florida Q. Flowers 7
Quickchart Matchup
Temple Temple Off vs  South Florida South Florida Def
Temple 361.3 yards
South Florida 369 yards
Temple 4.1 yards/rush
South Florida 3.7 yards/rush
Temple 7.4 yards/attempt
South Florida 7 yards/attempt
South Florida South Florida Off vs  Temple Temple Def
South Florida 396.9 yards
Temple 335 yards
South Florida 5 yards/rush
Temple 3.5 yards/rush
South Florida 8.1 yards/attempt
Temple 5.9 yards/attempt