NCAAF Game Recap - Georgia Tech at Temple
Sat Sep 28, 2019 3:30 PM EDT

Clem
21
UNC
20
F
Miss
31
Ala
59
F
OHSt
48
Neb
7
F
TxTch
16
Okla
55
F
MisSt
23
Aub
56
F
NW
15
Wisc
24
F
Tows
0
Fla
38
F
UVA
20
ND
35
F
PSU
59
MD
0
F
MidTN
3
Iowa
48
F
AzSt
24
Cal
17
F
USC
14
Wash
28
F
WaSt
13
Utah
38
F
Rut
0
Mich
52
F
UConn
21
UCF
56
F
TxAM
31
Ark
27
F
K St
13
OkSt
26
F
Ind
31
MSU
40
F
Navy
23
Mem
35
F
Duke
45
VaTec
10
F
SJSU
24
AF
41
F
C Mi
15
WestMI
31
F
Buff
20
MiaOH
34
F
NIU
18
Vand
24
F
Kans
14
TCU
51
F
BYU
21
Toled
28
F
HolyC
3
Syr
41
F
Del
14
Pitt
17
F
CoCar
37
App
56
F
IASt
21
Bayl
23
F
GATec
2
Temp
24
F
Minn
38
Purd
31
F
Akr
29
UMass
37
F
FlAtl
45
Char
27
F
Wake
27
BC
24
F
SMU
48
SoFL
21
F
Cin
52
Marsh
14
F
ArkSt
50
Troy
43
F
ULLaf
37
GaSo
24
F
ECU
24
OD
21
F
NM
10
Lib
17
F
SoAl
17
ULMon
30
F
Stan
31
OreSt
28
F
UAB
13
W Ky
20
F
Nich
3
TxSt
24
F
UTEP
13
SMiss
31
F
LaTec
23
Rice
20
F OT
ColSt
24
UtSt
34
F
KY
7
SCar
24
F
NCSt
13
FlaSt
31
F
UNLV
17
Wyo
53
F
Fres
30
NMSt
17
F
Hou
46
NorTx
25
F
Hawaii
54
Nev
3
F
UCLA
17
Ariz
20
F

Sep 28, 2019, 3:30 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Georgia Tech (1-3)

0

0

2

0

2

Temple (3-1)

0

14

10

0

24

Temple defense keys 24-2 win over Georgia Tech
Sat Sep 28, 2019 8:36 PM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Benny Walls didn't take time to look at his former head coach as he raced down the Georgia Tech sideline. Instead, the Temple senior safety saw something that was far more attractive.

"All I saw was grass in front of me then," Walls said. "And it had been a long time since I had scored."

Walls provided the signature moment - a 74-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown on the opening drive of the second half - as the Temple defense forced three turnovers during a 24-2 victory over Georgia Tech on Saturday.

Temple (3-1) spoiled the return of former head coach Geoff Collins, who posted a 15-10 record over two years as Owls coach before agreeing to take the head coaching job at Georgia Tech in December 2018. Collins was replaced by former Northern Illinois coach Rod Carey, who is 3-1 in his first four games at Temple.

"Obviously, the loss hurts really bad and you multiply by how personal it was," Collins said. "But it was good to hear them come up after the game and talk about how we impacted their lives. And they certainly made a big impact on our lives as well."

Temple's defense had a huge impact in critical moments. All three turnovers came when Georgia Tech was driving for scores inside the Temple 35.

"When the defense goes out and pitches a shutout, you really don't have to say any more than that," Carey said.

They forced two fumbles by Yellow Jackets quarterback Tobias Oliver. One came in the second quarter at the goal line when linebacker Isaiah Graham-Mobley tapped the ball out of Oliver's hands just as he was ready to score. The other was the third quarter opening drive when Ifeanyi Maijeh's strip of Oliver bounced up into the hands of Walls, who ran untouched the rest of the way for the score.

"Defense wins championships," Walls said. "Whenever you hold a team off the scoreboard, you know that you have a chance. And I think we've been able to show that we have a really good defense."

"They have a great defense and they were able to be effective in the red zone," Collins said.

The Owls also generated 198 yards on the ground thanks in large part to Re'Mahn Davis, who had 29 carries for 135 yards and two touchdowns.

"The offensive line was able to execute all game like they did during the week," Davis said. "When they are able to do what they can do, I know that I'm going to have a successful day."

Georgia Tech (1-3) got its only score on a third quarter safety on a tackle of Davis following a 1-yard loss in the end zone.

THE TAKEAWAY

Georgia Tech: Three different Georgia Tech quarterbacks have seen action this year for Collins and all three have struggled. On Saturday, Oliver and Graham both saw action at the position with an injury keeping Lucas Johnson from his starting spot. Oliver rushed for 68 yards, but his two fumbles proved costly. Graham's interception late in the fourth would prove to end the final hope for a comeback.

Temple: Davis has already established himself as the best threat for the Temple offensive attack. Teamed with Jager Gardner, Davis is averaging 5.6 yards per carry and 350 yards through the Owls first four games of the season.

POWER PLAY

The win on Saturday gave Temple its first pair of nonconference victories against power five teams since the Owls joined the Big East Conference for football in 1991. Temple defeated Maryland 20-17 on Sept. 14 at Lincoln Financial Field. The Owls are now 3-2 over the power five in the last two seasons, including a win over Maryland and a loss to Boston College last year.

UP NEXT

Georgia Tech: The Yellow Jackets head back into the ACC next Saturday for the first time since their opening night loss to Clemson when they host North Carolina - fresh off a scare of No. 1 Clemson Saturday. Georgia Tech has won the last two meetings between the schools, including a 38-28 victory in Chapel Hill last season.

Temple: The Owls have a short week before traveling to East Carolina on Thursday night for their American Athletic Conference opener. Temple defeated the Pirates 49-6 in 2018 and has won the last five contests in the series.

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Passing

GATec Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
J. Graham 24 10 41.7 0 100 27 1 36.8
T. Oliver 11 4 36.4 0 74 42 0 60.4
Temp Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
A. Russo 22 9 40.9 0 127 38 1 41.3

Rushing

GATec Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
T. Oliver 11 68 6.2 13 0
D. Smith 7 35 5.0 17 0
Temp Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
R. Davis 29 135 4.7 18 2
J. Gardner 18 69 3.8 16 0

Receiving

GATec Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
A. Brown 3 64 21.3 42 0
J. Camp 4 63 15.8 27 0
Temp Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
J. Blue 4 66 16.5 38 0
I. Wright 2 33 16.5 26 0

Fumbles

Returning

GATec KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
D. Smith 1 16.0 0 16 0 - 0 0
N. Cottrell 1 13.0 0 13 0 - 0 0
Temp KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
I. Wright 0 - 0 0 2 8.0 0 15

Punting

GATec Punt Yds Avg LgPu
P. Harvin III 6 260 43.3 53
Temp Punt Yds Avg LgPu
A. Barry 4 148 37.0 40

Takeaways

GATec Int Yds InTD
K. Oliver 1 0 0
Temp Int Yds InTD
B. Walls 1 65 0

Team Stats Comparison

GATec Temp
Points For 2 24
Total Yards 305 322
Rushing Yards 131 195
Passing Yards 174 127
Passing Completions / Attempts 14/35 9/22
Turnovers 3 1
Interceptions Thrown 1 1
Fumbles - Lost 2/2 0/0
First Downs 18 17
Penalties - Yards 4/38 10/70
Time Of Possession 1:01 59:59
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 2/14 7/16
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 2/4 2/3
Punts - Average Yards 6/43 4/37

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter GATec Temp
No scores this quarter
2nd Quarter GATec Temp
Temp 8:07 TD Re'Mahn Davis 18 yd run (Will Mobley kick) 0 7
Temp 14:52 TD Re'Mahn Davis 1 yd run (Will Mobley kick) 0 14
3rd Quarter GATec Temp
Temp 4:27 TD Benny Walls 74 yd fumble return (Will Mobley kick) 0 21
GATec 5:51 SF Team safety 2 21
Temp 14:05 FG Will Mobley 34 yd FG 2 24
4th Quarter GATec Temp
No scores this quarter

Game Information

Stadium: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Attendance: 31,094
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