Temple wins first game of season 33-14 over Army
Matt Rhule won his first game as head coach and Temple won its first game of the season with a 33-14 victory over Army on Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field.
The win snaps a seven-game losing streak for Temple (1-6) and six-game home losing streak dating back to last season.
Army (3-5) has never won at the Linc in 11 tries dating back to 2004.
Freshman quarterback P.J. Walker led Temple in his second college start, completing 10 of 16 passes for 203 yards passing, two touchdowns and an interception. He connected on eight of his first 11 throws and threw for two touchdowns in the first half on a 37-yard completion to Jalen Fitzpatrick and a 39-yard reception by John Christopher.
Fitzpatrick led all receivers with a career-high 128 yards on four catches. The junior wide receiver did not score in Temple's first four games but has caught three touchdown passes from Walker in the last three games.
Army starting quarterback Angel Santiago left the game in the second quarter with an injury to what appeared to be his left ankle and did not return. He was replaced by a combination of sophomore Kelvin White and freshman Tevin Long.
Temple led by as much as 33-0 in the third quarter before White scored Army's two second-half touchdowns on a 14-yard pass to Patrick Laird and a 1-yard quarterback keeper. He completed 7 of 16 attempts and threw two interceptions.
Temple sophomore linebacker Tyler Matakevich came into Saturday's game leading the nation in solo tackles, with 65. He recorded a team-high 10 solo stops, a fumble recovery and an interception Saturday vs. Army. He also led Temple in tackles for the 14th time in his 15 college starts.