Friday, August 22, 2014
Inquirer Daily News

Five wins to go

I know Army isn't that great, but Temple's win was impressive.

Five wins to go

Steve Manieri´s touchdown catch was one of two Temple scores in the first quarter. (Craig Ruttle/AP)
Steve Manieri's touchdown catch was one of two Temple scores in the first quarter. (Craig Ruttle/AP)

Okay, anyone see that coming?

I must admit I didn't.

Not just because of the Sagarin difference, in which Army was ranked 23 spots above Temple coming into the night. It was on the road, and it was the Black Knights' season opener, and the Owls hadn't won by more than two touchdowns in four years.

There's also the small matter of Army totaling 285 yards of offense on the night to Temple's 270, including a 211-84 margin in rushing yards.

And yet: Temple 35, Army 7.

I would have to think it's the most impressive win yet of the Al Golden era. And it does make me wonder what might happen next week when Connecticut comes to town, given the attempt to work the region up into a frenzy over the botched no-touchdown call up there last season.

So what happens now, Temple fans?

Jonathan Tannenwald Philly.com
About this blog
Soft Pretzel Logic is Philly.com's college sports blog, with a primary focus on the University of Pennsylvania. You'll also see coverage of the Big 5, other major college sports events in the region, and the annual Penn Relays track and field meet.

Reach Jonathan at jtannenwald@phillynews.com or 215-854-2330.

Jonathan Tannenwald Philly.com
Latest Videos:
Also on Philly.com:
Stay Connected