The focus for Temple quickly switched from Massachusetts to South Florida.
The Owls, coming off a 29-21 win against UMass Friday night at Lincoln Financial Field, have been dealt another short week, as they face USF Thursday night (7 p.m., ESPN) to open up American Athletic Conference play.
Now coached by former Texas and Louisville head man Charlie Strong after the departure of Willie Taggart to Oregon, USF has started the season 3-0. The Bulls, who came into the season as the AAC East division and overall conference favorite, have scored 30 points or more in 20 straight games – the longest active streak in college football.
Temple coach Geoff Collins called USF quarterback Quinton Flowers a “dynamic play maker.” The senior went for 280 yards on 15 of 27 passing, four touchdowns and one interception along with 25 carries for 106 yards and one touchdown in the Bulls’ 47-23 win against Illinois on Friday night.
“He (Flowers) can hurt you with his arm and his legs,” Collins told reporters on Monday’s weekly conference call.
Collins also touched on the play of redshirt freshman edge rusher Quincy Roche, who racked up three sacks, four tackles for a loss, a forced fumble and fumble recovery in last Friday’s win against UMass.
“He was dialed in on game day,” Collins said. “He had his iPad with all of the cut ups and he was watching that all the way up until kickoff.
“He did some really nice things in the run game,” Collins added.
USF ranks 14th among NCAA FBS programs in total offense (522.3 yards per game) and No. 13 in rushing offense (281.3 yards per game) … The Bulls also take care of the ball well, as they rank tied for third in the country in turnover margin (plus-seven) … USF has intercepted eight passes – good for second in the country … And because of a strong run game, USF ranks 15th in time of possession ... Temple quarterback Logan Marchi was named to the AAC weekly Honor Roll after completing 22 of 37 passes for 248 yards, three touchdowns and no turnovers. Marchi has not committed a turnover through his first three college starts.