Coach Matt Rhule announced two starters were injured in the Owls’ 28-21 loss to Connecticut on Saturday night.
Junior wide receiver Jalen Fitzpatrick suffered a broken hand. The injury occurred early in the game, Rhule said. He didn't know whether it was Fitzpatrick's right or left hand.
Fitzpatrick caught one pass for 7 yards on the Owls' first drive of the game. Fitzpatrick was the Owls' leading receiver going into the game, with 34 catches for 410 yards and three touchdowns.
Central Florida coach George O’Leary had nothing but praise for Temple Monday during his American Athletic Conference teleconference on Monday.
Central Florida (8-1), ranked 17h in the nation, needed a 23-yard field goal with time running out over the weekend to pull out a 39-36 victory over Temple, which fell to 1-9 on the season with two games left to play.
“As I told Matt [Temple coach Rhule] after the game, keep plugging away because good things are going to start happening,” O’Leary said. “You’ve got the kids playing with great effort and that’s half the battle, and I think he knows that.
The Temple Owls have scored three touchdowns on long rives but trail No. 15 CFU by just 22-21 at the end of the first half of their American Athletic Conference game at Lincoln Financial Field.
After falling behind 5-0 on a safety and a field goal, the Owls responded with three scoring drives in the second quarter, one for 80 yards and the other two for 82 each. Temple scored on pair of touchdown passes of 32 and 30 yards to Jamie Gilmore and Robby Anderson, respectively.
Both passes were thrown by quarterback P.J. Walker, who also scored on a 3-yard keeper. Walker has looked good, completing 18 of 24 passes for 240 yards and a pair of touchdowns with no interceptions.
Obi Enechionyia, a consensus Top 100 prospect out of St. James (MD.) School, signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball at Temple today.
"We are very excited to have Obi Enechionyia become a part of our Temple program," Temple coach Fran Dunphy said. "He is a tremendous young man, who comes from a great family. We expect him to be a significant contributor next season and beyond."
A native of Springfield, Va., Enechionyia averaged 19.4 points, 12.7 rebounds and four blocked shots as a junior last season. He earned Washington County and Independent-Parochial Schools League Player of the Year honors as a sophomore and was named all-MAC and all-IPSL first team as a sophomore and junior.
Temple senior guard Dalton Pepper was named the Big 5 Men’s Player of the Week.
Pepper scored a team and career-high 19 points in the Owls’ 78-73 victory over Penn in the season-opener for both schools Saturday at the Palestra.
After the Owls had blown a 65-50 lead, Pepper assisted on a game-tying basket and scored four points down the stretch, including the go-ahead basket, to help secure the win. Pepper also pulled down a career-best nine rebounds and handed out three assists while not committing a turnover.
PISCATAWAY - Freshman quarterback P.J. Walker threw his 10th and 11th touchdowns of the season and the Temple defense played stout in leading Temple to a 13-3 halftime lead over Rutgers at High Point Solutions Stadium.
Walker’s touchdowns went for 26-yards to Robby Anderson in the first quarter and 4 yards to Kenneth Harper in the second.
Walker has completed 11 of 13 passes for 116 yards and one interception.
Temple University president Neil D. Theobald announced today that Kevin G. Clark has been appointed vice president and director of athletics. Clark’s appointment is effective immediately.
Clark has spent the last year as a senior advisor to Theobald. He has also served as interim athletic director since May 3.
Before coming to Temple, Clark spent the previous 11 years as a member of Indiana University’s senior athletic staff. His last two years at Indiana were spent as senior associate athletic director of internal operations.
Rutgers coach Kyle Flood announced Thursday that junior quarterback Gary Nova will start against Temple on Saturday.
Nova was benched last weekend after throwing three interceptions – bringing his total to seven in the last two weeks – in a 49-14 home loss to Houston.
Flood said that Chas Dodd, whom he replaced Nova with, would be in open completion with Nova for the starting job this past week. Dodd, a senior, started as a freshman and sophomore. Nova beat him out for the starting job heading into the 2012 season.