Temple Offense Explodes in Win Over USF

The Owls Score 38 Second Half Points In a 54 – 28 Victory

PHILADELPHIA, PA. 11/5/2022 –

Three Temple Owls players set personal marks as the team puts up the most points since a 2019 win over Bucknell. Temple wins 54 – 28 at the Linc scoring 38 second half points. The Cherry and White put 56 on the board against Bucknell.

What is best achieved in this game? A new career-best in rushing yards by Edward Saydee, most yards passing by quarterback E.J. Warner, and 4 made field goals by kicker Camden Price. This is the first win in the American this season, and the first for Coach Stan Drayton.

“We can be a pretty good offensive team, it clicked today,” said Drayton.

Saydee Leads the Ground Attack

Temple has been looking to find which running back will take command as the lead back. Saydee made a strong cast that he is that runner. Saydee ran for 265 yards, fifth-most in program history, and scored 3 touchdowns, posting 200-plus yards since Ryquell Armstead at Houston in 2018.

“I just had to do my job,” Saydee said. ‘Trust my o-line, and just stay patient and open up.”

Saydee started the second half taking the ball up the right side scampering 75-yards for a touchdown and a 23 – 14 advantage. This is his longest career-rush and the longest since Ryquell Armstead did so in 2018.

The sophomore running back took it in from 40-yards away on the next Temple possession, again, up the right side for a 30 – 21 lead.

What did he see? A smiling Saydee said “a lot of space.”

In the fourth quarter he finished the scoring with a 27-yard touchdown run and would post 344 all-purpose yards, a career-best.

E.J. Warner Passing Mark

The freshman quarterback passed for a collegiate-best 344 yards completing 27 of 36 passes, and two touchdowns. He teamed up with Saydee for a 61-yard catch and run.

Warner found seven different Owls with passes led by Jose Barbon who had 8 catches for 103 yards and one score. Adonicas Sanders had the other touchdown on a one-handed grab in the fourth quarter.

“The pass game opened up and it all started up front and in the run game,” Warner said. “Once you run the ball for as many yards as we did it makes it easier on the back end. They just can’t tee off on us. Our receivers executed out there.”

Price Matches McManus

Kicker Camden Price converted four field goals being the first who have done so since Brandon McManus converted four against Villanova in 2010. The first three were significant as Temple drove early but did not cross the goal line. Price connected from 32, 34, and another from 32-yards away, and took the lead at 9 – 7, a lead they would never relinquish. Price added a 35-yarder later.

“That’s awesome to hear,” Price said about matching McManus. “I look up to Bandon. He’s had a great NFL career. I’m glad the offense got it together and put me in a position to score. I’ll take thirty yards all day.”

What the Numbers Say

Since a game against Memphis in 2020 Temple had a combination of a 300-yard plus passer, a 100-yard plus runner, and a 100-yard plus receiver. Thbe Owls put up 621 yards of total offense.

The Bulls gained 471 yards total. Running back Brian Battie ran for 132 yards. Xavier Weaver caught 6 passes for 119 yards and 2 touchdowns. His longest was a 63-yard catch and run.

Up Next

Temple (3 – 6, 1 – 4) snaps a four-game losing streak. They head to Houston next week for a game with the Cougars.


Written By: Glenn Papazian

Contact: Glenn@PhillyCollegeSports.com

Edward Saydee – Photo Courtesy of Temple Strategic Communications

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