Philadelphia, PA —Ever since the Owls installed E.J. Warner as their signal caller life has been grand for the Temple owls.
Warner threw two touchdown passes and Layton Jordan returned an interception 41 yards to lead the Owls (2-2) to a 28-0 win over Massachusetts (2-2) on Saturday at Lincoln Financial Stadium in front of an announced crowd of 14,033.
Jordan’s pick-6 highlight was the first shutout for Temple since 2016 when they beat Tulane 31-0.
UMass utilized three quarterbacks, who combined for 11 of 26 with 80 yards passing and two picks with four sacks. The Minutemen was just 3 of 17 on third down for the game.
The Hall of Famer (Kurt Warner) son, got his first win as a starter, going 11 of 22 for 173 yards. He got the party started with a scoring strike of 11 yards to Ian Stewart and capped it off with a 50-yard dart to Adonicas Sanders.
In the first half, UMass held Temple to just eight rushing yards and 86 total yards in the first half, but the Owls were in front 7-0 at the break. Temple had plenty of opportunities but wasn’t able to pull away in the second half.
In the second half, Temple got backup quarterback some reps Quincy Patterson completed all three of his passes and led the Owls in rushing with 10 carries for 52 yards and upped the score 14-0 early in the half with a 3-yard touchdown run that capped off an 80-yard drive.
UMass signal caller Gino Campiotti passed for 36 yards, going 7-for-14 on the afternoon, while Zamar Wise threw three complete passes for 35 yards. Cameron Sullivan Brown caught five receptions for 46 yards, and Ellis Merriweather led the team in rushes with 53 yards, including a 36-yard run, on eight rushes.
The Minutemen stopped a fourth and three attempt with 6:25 left in the third to force a turnover on downs but Temple picked off the ball on the next play and returned it for a touchdown to make it 21-0.
Defensive back Jordan Mahoney forced a fumble that Nahji Logan recovered at the 2:15 mark of the third, it was Mahoney’s second forced fumble of the season. It was Logan’s first career fumble recovery.
At 14:29 of the fourth quarter, a 50-yard pass from air Warner to Sanders resulted in the Owls fourth touchdown of the day and sealing the game.
Coach Don Brown Quote
Thoughts on the difference in the game:
“It really comes down to two pass plays both on third down that were difference makers in the game. The third down in the early third quarter I expected us to make that play. Then they ran an over route to a tight end and we missed a tackle. Those drives ending in scores coupled with the interception for a touchdown is tough.”
It marked the first time Massachusetts forced an opponent into four turnovers since the 62-59 triple overtime win over Liberty on Nov. 3, 2018.
The Owls begin conference play with a road game at Memphis Saturday, October 1. Kickoff is set for 12 pm EST/11am CST. The game will air on ESPNU and 97.5 The Fanatic.