Revisiting Temple's last victory over a ranked team

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.

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.