Temple’s Adam Klein makes his first career start
The freshman from Episcopal Academy earned the start at right tackle in place in injured James McHale
Adam Klein, a freshman from Episcopal Academy, made his first college start at right tackle during Temple's American Athletic Conference opener against Tulsa on Thursday night at Lincoln Financial Field.
The 6-foot-5, 264-pound Klein had appeared in the first three games and saw considerable action.
He was starting in place of senior James McHale, who had an unspecified injury. McHale had started the first two games at left tackle. In last week's 35-14 win at Maryland, he started at right tackle.
Redshirt senior Jaelin Robinson, who started the first two games at right tackle and last week at left tackle, again started at left tackle against Tulsa.
"He is way beyond his years in terms of understanding what we are doing and his physical capability," offensive coordinator Dave Patenaude said of Klein after Thursday's 31-17 win over Tulsa. "We are really glad to have him."
Armstead joins the 2,000-yard club
After a 21-yard gain in the second quarter, Temple senior Ryquell Armstead became the ninth player in school history to reach the 2,000-yard rushing mark for his career.
Armstead finished the game with 2,084 yards. Paul Palmer, a Temple football radio analyst who will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in December, holds the school record with 4,895 career yards.
Later in that quarter, Armstead scored his first touchdown of the season on a 22-yard run. It was also his 22nd career rushing touchdown, tying him for fourth all-time at Temple in that category.
Armstead, who rushed for 108 yards, also recorded his first career sack in the third quarter.
"It felt great but to be honest, I didn't know I sacked the guy," Armstead said. "I thought it was a regular tackle until a couple of guys told me. I was excited and happy to be able to help the team out."
According to the Temple sports information department, Armstead became the third player to rush for 100 yards and record a sack in the same game. The others were Anthony Samuel of Bowling Green in 2011 and Vic Hall of Virginia in 2008.
When Temple redshirt freshman cornerback Ty Mason opened the scoring with a 36-yard interception return for a touchdown in the first quarter, it tied him with receiver Branden Mack for the team touchdown lead with two.
In the Owls' second game, a loss to Buffalo, Mason recovered a blocked punt in the end zone.
Roche in action
Defensive end Quincy Roche, who has been limited by an unspecified injury but played 32 snaps last week, didn't start for the second straight game but he was in by the second series. The Owls again used linebacker Sam Franklin at defensive end to open the game.
Roche finished with eight tackles and two sacks and forced the fumble that Karamo Dioubate returned for a 50-yard touchdown.
Russo's second straight start
For the second straight game Anthony Russo started at quarterback for Temple. Frank Nutile, who is nursing an unspecified injury that forced him to miss the Maryland game, warmed up as he did a week ago.
"We feel great about all three of our quarterbacks, and they are competitive and want to be out there, but we thought we would give Frank another week to get 100 percent," Temple coach Geoff Collins said.
David Hood, Temple's leading rusher last season with 638 yards and five touchdowns, made his performing debut at halftime by singing "Temple Made," his new athletics anthem for the school.
Known as "Tre" Hood, he is pursuing a rap career.
A former star at South Jersey's Absegami High, Hood had another year of eligibility at Temple but decided to forgo his senior season due to a concussion.
"Temple Made" was released Sept. 14 via all digital platforms.
All proceeds generated by the song will be donated to the medical expenses of Temple football equipment assistant Kane Ivers-Osthus, who was recently hospitalized and diagnosed with leukemia.
"I definitely miss playing football, that was my first love and definitely still think about it," Hood said before the game. "Now I am turning a negative into a positive and things are great for me."