Temple, Houston coaches on Saturday's game at the Linc

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Houston coach Major Applewhite says of Temple: ” I think the record and some of the statistics are misleading.”

Houston will be in South Philly on Saturday to play Temple at Lincoln Financial Field.

The Owls have been hammered twice (Notre Dame, South Florida), needed a last-minute field goal to beat Villanova after getting badly outplayed in the second half, and beat Massachusetts.

Houston lost Saturday to Texas Tech, ending a 16-game home winning streak. The Owls and Cougars played in the first AAC regular-season game and the first AAC conference championship game.They have played five times in all, with Houston winning every time.

The coaches were on a conference call with the media on Monday.

Houston’s first-year coach, Major Applewhite, on how Temple is different under first-year coach Geoff Collins than Matt Rhule: “Little bit different schematically on defense, but they play with tremendous effort, very physical, very tough group. To me, I think the record and some of the statistics are misleading. They’re just a a very good football team. I don’t think their won-loss column reflects who they are a a team. I don’t think their statistics defensively reflect who they as a defense.”

Collins on  his team after getting blitzed on national TV by South Florida on Thursday: “We’ve had a couple of days to really digest the game and make some corrections, a lot of corrections.  They came out [Sunday night] and had a really good practice.”

On the quarterback competition which Collins said is between Logan Marchi and Frank Nutile: “Everything will be determined by how they perform in practice.”

Collins on the running game issues against USF: “There were a lot of tackles for losses that you can’t have.”
On the defense in general against USF: “They had nine plays that got half of their yards. You take those out we had a really clean game defensively.”

Collins on the turnover problem: “We talked all week, we wanted to go  plus-3 in the turnover margin. We ended up going minus-5 in the turnover margin, which is hard to win football games.”

On Houston: “They’ve got a very explosive offense. They always have.”

On the 2-2 record so far and his team’s response to it: “The common theme is we’ve been here before, had this record in the past, come back and gotten better every single week.”