COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Perhaps looking to intimidate Temple, Maryland players refused to give the Owls their half of the field to warm up.
"We really took that to heart," said Temple quarterback Chester Stewart, whose team won, 38-7, on Saturday at Byrd Stadium. "I think that was the biggest motivator for us."
Stewart said another motivator was hearing boos from the Terrapins and their crowd while warming up.
"It was boos everywhere," he said.
Temple tailback Bernard Pierce enjoyed the environment.
"They were disrespecting us with what they said," Pierce said. "But at the end of the day, if you are a football player, that's what you live for.
"You got to love that. You got to come out and prove people wrong. And that's what we did."
Temple wideout Rod Streater left the game with what appeared to be a left shoulder injury. The senior left the Owls locker room with a brace on his left arm. His left shoulder was also tapped.
During his news conference, coach Steve Addazio said he was unaware of what type of injury the Burlington Township product had. The Owls have a history of not disclosing injuries.
Streater had two receptions for 25 yards. He also blocked a punt in the first quarter to set up the Owls' third touchdown.
Temple was confident and motivated to beat Maryland. But did the Owls honestly think they would win by 31 points on the road over a Bowl Championship Subdivision opponent?
"No," Addazio said with a laugh. "You know what we thought? We knew we were a matchup football team. We felt we'd match up. And we felt that we were a tough, hard-playing football team."
As a result, they expected it to be a hard-fought game that would be decided in the fourth quarter.