GREENVILLE, N.C. -- Temple beat Penn State for the first time in 74 years, won at Cincinnati the next week, failing to have a letdown, but Thursday’s 24-14 win at East Carolina, had special meaning to coach Matt Rhule and the players.
When things were looking grim, the Owls kept fighting, down 14-10 entering the fourth quarter after just one first down in the third period, the Owls finally put together a drive that culminated with Robby Anderson’s 23-yard touchdown reception from P.J. Walker for a 17-14 lead with 3 minutes and 31 seconds left.
“I told them it was the best win I had ever been part of,” Rhule said. “I told the East Carolina kids as they left that in many ways they outplayed us and they probably deserved to win.”
The Owls offense was flat but found a way to score 14 fourth quarter points. The defense shut out ECU in the second half, no small feat.
“We said all week the game comes down to the last few drives, the last few minutes,” said linebacker Tyler matakevich, who had 13 tackles. “Today we just found a way.”