College Football
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Delaware State at Temple
When: 1:00 PM ET, Saturday, September 20, 2014
Where: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Temple hopes to bounce back from its narrow loss to Navy when it welcomes Delaware State to Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday. The Owls were driving late with a chance to tie the game, but couldn't punch the ball into the end zone to suffer their first defeat of the season. Temple has forced 10 turnovers in its first two games and will look for more of the same against the Hornets, who have done a nice job of hanging onto the football after coughing it up three times in their season opener.

The Owls are coming off a bye week, but will still be wary of the Hornets especially after last year's disappointing loss to FCS member Fordham. "We spent the open week really just trying to get better and prepare for Delaware State," coach Matt Rhule told reporters. "We're not good enough to take anyone lightly." Delaware State has dropped its first three games and things are not likely to get any easier as it faces its first FBS opponent since losing 63-6 to Michigan in 2009.

TV: 1 p.m. ET, ESPN3. LINE: None

ABOUT DELAWARE STATE (0-3): Milton Williams has been one of the lone bright spots on offense, catching 15 passes for 237 yards and a touchdown. Jeremiah McGeough was named the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Special Teams Player of the Week after averaging 47.8 yards per punt in the 21-7 loss to Towson. Gilbert Rivera has been inconsistent throwing the ball, going 43-of-77 for two touchdowns and two interceptions.

ABOUT TEMPLE (1-1): P.J. Walker has been solid to start the season, completing 52-of-83 passes for 447 yards and four touchdowns. Jalen Fitzpatrick has been Walker's favorite target, hauling in 10 passes for 105 yards and two scores. Temple's defense leads the nation in takeaways per game (5.0) along with Texas Christian, and has scored two touchdowns in two games after managing just one all of last season.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Walker has thrown for 200 or more yards in nine straight games.

2. Temple is 4-3 against FCS teams since 2002.

3. Delaware State has been outscored 100-37 in its first three games.

PREDICTION: Temple 41, Delaware State 14
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Delaware State 0-3 L3 12.3 33.3 0-1 0-2 0-1 0-0 0-0
Temple 1-1 L1 30.5 19.0 0-1 1-0 0-1 0-0 0-0
Last Meeting
Delaware State Temple
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
No previous meeting.
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Delaware State N/A
Temple N/A
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Delaware State N/A
Temple N/A
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Delaware State N/A
Temple N/A
Touchdowns Player TD
Delaware State N/A
Temple N/A
Season
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Delaware State G. Rivera 55.3 440 2 2
Temple P. Walker 62.7 447 4 1
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Delaware State M. Williams 39 179 4.6 2
Temple P. Walker 21 92 4.4 1
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Delaware State M. Williams 15 237 15.8 1
Temple J. Fitzpatrick 10 105 10.5 2
Touchdowns Player TD
Delaware State M. Williams 2
Temple J. Fitzpatrick 2
Quickchart Matchup
Delaware State Off vs  Temple Def
235 yards
397.5 yards
2.8 yards/rush
5.9 yards/rush
5.8 yards/attempt
6 yards/attempt
Temple Off vs  Delaware State Def
373.5 yards
436.7 yards
3.8 yards/rush
5.9 yards/rush
5.2 yards/attempt
6 yards/attempt