Akron game has ingredients for letdown

Temple travels to Akron Saturday for an expected Mid-American Conference East Division blowout.

Some could even argue that it will be nothing more than an expected tune-up for highly anticipated matchup with Penn State on Sept. 17.

With that, one would assume the Owls (1-0) are looking past Zips (0-1). And that wouldn’t be hard to do, considering Temple won the last three series meetings by a combined 113-23 score. The Owls are also coming off an emotional blowout win against Philadelphia-area rival Villanova in the Mayor's Cup.

“Every week you have to bring your game A game – every week,” said Owls first-year coach Steve Addazio, who doesn’t believe his team will overlook the Zips.


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“This is the first time [with a new coaching staff] here, we are on the road together,” he added. “We got a lot of challenges, here.  And we certainly understand there’s no way that we can beat a team looking forward.”

Akron has lost 12 of their last 13 games after Saturday’s 42-0 setback to Ohio State. Akron’s last winning season was in 2005.


Temple leads the all-time series with Akron, 13-7.


Year                 Site                               Results            TU Coach             UA Coach

1967       Temple Stadium               W, 22-21              George Makris  Gordon Larson

1970       Temple Stadium               L, 0-21                 Wayne Hardin   Gordon Larson

1973       Temple Stadium               W, 47-33              Wayne Hardin   Jim Dennison

1975       Rubber Bowl                      L, 23-24              Wayne Hardin   Jim Dennison

1976       Rubber Bowl                       W, 23-13              Wayne Hardin   Jim Dennison

1978       Rubber Bowl                       W, 56-21              Wayne Hardin   Jim Dennison

1979       Veterans Stadium              W, 42-6               Wayne Hardin   Jim Dennison

1980       Veterans Stadium            W, 16-7                 Wayne Hardin   Jim Dennison

1987       Veterans Stadium            W, 23-3                 Bryce Arians       Gerry Faust

1988       Rubber Bowl                      W, 37-17              Bruce Arians       Gerry Faust

1991       Veterans Stadium            L, 32-37                Jerry Berndt       Gerry Faust

1992       Rubber Bowl                     L, 15-29                 Jerry Berndt       Gerry Faust

1993       Veterans Stadium            L, 7-31                  Ron Dickerson   Gerry Faust

1994       Rubber Bowl                     W, 32-7                Ron Dickerson   Gerry Faust

1998       Franklin Field                   L, 28-35               Bobby Wallace  Lee Owens

1999       Rubber Bowl                     L, 15-25               Bobby Wallace  Lee Owens

2007       Rubber Bowl                     W, 24-20              Al Golden            J.D. Brookhart

2008       Lincoln Financial Field     W, 27-6                 Al Golden            J.D. Brookhart

2009       InfoCision Stadium          W, 56-17              Al Golden            J.D. Brookhart

2010       Lincoln Financial Field     W, 30-0                Al Golden            Rob Ianello

- Keith Pompey