MEMPHIS, Tenn - There hasn't been much news lately about Temple's attempt to build an on-campus football stadium, and that has led to the perception that not much is happening and that the idea is dying.
Temple athletic director Patrick Kraft said nothing was further from the truth.
"I get that from people that they think that [things are dying] and it is not like that," Kraft said Thursday before Temple's game against Memphis at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. "Nothing has changed and we continue to do what we have been doing."
Kraft described the process as ongoing.
"It's not like we hit the brakes by any stretch," he said. "We are moving forward and continue to provide information through this whole process and that has not stopped at all."
One of the biggest hurdles is working with the people in the neighborhood on several issues, including traffic.
"We are doing a lot of research, answering questions, doing traffic studies," Kraft said. "The neighborhood piece is obviously a big part of it and we continue to work with them."
Temple's agreement to play at Lincoln Financial Field expires after the 2017 season, but the school has two one-year options that could extend the stay through 2019.
"I think we keep answering questions and feeding more and more information to the trustees so they can make educated decisions," Kraft said.
Temple hasn't enjoyed the high profile that it did last season, when the Owls began 7-0 before losing a 24-20 decision to Notre Dame.
Still, Kraft believes there are plenty of positives.
"I am really excited about the direction we are headed," he said. "We are recruiting on a high level and we are building on last year."
Temple's game, which was televised on ESPN, was one of only two being played Thursday. So even though it was a short week for the team, the benefits of being one of the only games in the nation and on national television was huge, Kraft said.
"It is a great way to showcase the school and the program for nearly four hours when a lot of eyeballs are on you," he said. "You can't minimize the exposure you get on ESPN, especially on a Thursday night game like this."
As expected, linebacker Stephaun Marshall didn't make the trip to Memphis. Marshall is suffering from a head injury he received during last week's 45-20 win over Southern Methodist. He entered the game with a team-high 28 tackles. Redshirt freshman Chapelle Russell started in his place.
Jones leading nation
When Temple's Austin Jones hit a 31-yard field goal to open the scoring Thursday, it marked his 18th consecutive made kick. That is now the current longest streak in the nation. Jones entered the game tied with Penn State's Tyler Davis with 17 consecutive makes.
Jones, who added a 23-yard field goal later in the first quarter, also owns the school record for most consecutive field goals.
His consecutive field goal streak ended at 19 when he was wide left on a 43-yard try in the third quarter.
Temple led, 6-0, after the first quarter and has outscored teams, 51-28, in the opening period. The Owls, who outscored Memphis, 7-3, in the second quarter, have outscored opponents, 76-24, in the second quarter.
Memphis junior receiver Phil Mayhue, from South Jersey's Winslow Township High, has caught a pass in 21 consecutive games after making a second-quarter reception for 8 yards.