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Revisiting Temple's last victory over a ranked team

Temple fans should not go into this game with Louisville thinking that knocking off the No. 7 team in the land is impossible.

Revisiting Temple's last victory over a ranked team

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Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater looks to pass during the first half. (Mel Evans/AP)
Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater looks to pass during the first half. (Mel Evans/AP)

Temple fans should not go into this game with Louisville thinking that knocking off the No. 7 team in the land is impossible.

That’s because the last time Temple knocked off a ranked team things were just as dreary on North Broad and the task just as daunting.

When the 1998 Owls improved to 1-6 overall and 1-2 in the Big East with a 28-24 come-from-behind road victory over No. 14 Virginia Tech, all sorts of obstacles stood in Temple’s way. 

For starters, the Owls won with freshman quarterback Devin Scott, previously a third-stringer, making his first career start. Facing the nation’s fourth-best defense, Scott threw for 14 yards and two touchdowns. Davis also ran for the game-winning touchdown.

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Temple entered the game 0-26 in Big East Conference road games. The win was their first over a ranked team since they defeated No. 1 Pittsburgh, 24-21, back on Sept. 19, 1987.

However, what might have been most impressive about the Owls’ victory was that they did it with 10 players making their first starts due to a rash of injuries.

"I've never seen a more injured, beat up football team in my life," Temple Coach Bobby Wallace said. "They were just playing their hearts out."

Virginia Tech outgained Temple, 480-357, and Sorensen completed 14 of 24 passes for 143 yards, but he threw two interceptions and fumbled once.

Temple finished the season 2-9.

Inquirer Staff Writer
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Keith Pompey has been an Inquirer reporter since September 2004. He took over the Sixers beat in the summer of 2013 after covering the Temple basketball and football for the previous three years. Pompey also previously covered the Penn and Drexel men’s basketball team and Villanova football team after initially focusing on high school sports.

Pompey is a native Philadelphian and a University of Pittsburgh graduate. Follow him on Twitter @PompeyOnSixers or reach Keith at kpompey@phillynews.com.

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