Temple locked-in on Toledo

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Bernard Pierce’s five-touchdown performance was thrilling. Temple’s defensive domination was exciting.

But those things weren’t close to being the highlight of the Owls’ 38-7 victory over Maryland here at Byrd Stadium on Saturday. The best part was how Temple (3-1) conducted itself after the game.

The Owls weren’t giddy. Nor didn’t they stick their chest out.  

Instead, most of the players just walked to the team bus as if they didn’t accomplish anything.

“We are just ready to go to the next” game, Temple’s defensive end Adrian Robinson said. “We are ready for Toledo, now.  We are ready.

“We are going to be in the film room Sunday, and then it’s off to the next one.”

Now, hearing things like that impressed me.

 Temple realizes preparation - not an extended celebration - leads to playing for championships. For that, the Owls hope to celebrate at the conclusion of the season.

 Temple entertains Toledo (1-3) in this Saturday's much-anticipated Mid-American Conference showdown.