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2015 Temple Owls football team

The 2015 Temple Owls football team represented Temple University in the 2015 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Owls were led by third-year head coach Matt Rhule and played their home games at Lincoln Financial Field. They were members of the East Division of the American Athletic Conference. They finished the season 10–4, 7–1 in American Athletic play to finish as champions of the East Division. They represented the East Division in the American Athletic Championship Game where they lost to Houston. They were invited to the Boca Raton Bowl where they lost to Toledo.

2015 Temple Owls football
Temple T logo.svg
The American East Division champion
Boca Raton Bowl, L 17–32 vs. Toledo
ConferenceAmerican Athletic Conference
DivisionEastern Division
2015 record10–4 (7–1 The American)
Head coachMatt Rhule (3rd season)
Offensive coordinatorMarcus Satterfield (3rd season)
Defensive coordinatorPhil Snow (3rd season)
Home stadiumLincoln Financial Field
(Capacity: 68,532)
Seasons
← 2014
2016 →
2015 American Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
Temple x   7 1         10 4  
South Florida   6 2         8 5  
Cincinnati   4 4         7 6  
UConn   4 4         6 7  
East Carolina   3 5         5 7  
UCF   0 8         0 12  
West Division
No. 8 Houston xy$   7 1         13 1  
No. 18 Navy x   7 1         11 2  
Memphis   5 3         9 4  
Tulsa   3 5         6 7  
Tulane   1 7         3 9  
SMU   1 7         2 10  
Championship: Houston 24, Temple 13
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
As of December 31, 2015; Rankings from AP Poll

The season was highlighted by the first win against Penn State since 1941, their first ever 7–0 start, and their first AP Poll and Coaches Poll ranking since 1979, and was considered a breakout season for the program.

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 53:30 p.m.Penn State*ESPNW 27–1069,176
September 128:00 p.m.at CincinnatiESPNewsW 34–2638,112
September 193:00 p.m.at Massachusetts*ESPN3W 25–2210,141
October 27:00 p.m.at Charlotte*CBSSNW 37–313,105
October 1012:00 p.m.Tulane 
  • Lincoln Financial Field
  • Philadelphia, PA
ESPNUW 49–1035,179
October 177:30 p.m.UCF
  • Lincoln Financial Field
  • Philadelphia, PA
CBSSNW 30–1631,372
October 227:00 p.m.at East CarolinaNo. 22ESPN2W 24–1439,417
October 318:00 p.m.No. 9 Notre Dame*No. 21
ABCL 20–2469,280
November 68:00 p.m.at SMUNo. 23ESPN2W 60–4017,232
November 147:00 p.m.at South FloridaNo. 21CBSSNL 23–4428,393
November 2112:00 p.m.Memphis
  • Lincoln Financial Field
  • Philadelphia, PA
ESPNUW 31–1231,708
November 287:00 p.m.UConnNo. 25
  • Lincoln Financial Field
  • Philadelphia, PA
ESPNUW 27–328,236
December 512:00 p.m.at No. 17 HoustonNo. 20ABCL 13–2435,721
December 227:00 p.m.vs. Toledo*No. 24ESPNL 17–3225,908
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game
  • All times are in Eastern time
Schedule Source:[1]

Game summariesEdit

Penn StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Nittany Lions 10 0 0 0 10
Owls 0 7 10 10 27
Overall record Last meeting Result
3–39–1 2014 PSU, 30–13

This was the Owls' first victory over Penn State since 1941.[2] The announced crowd at Lincoln Financial Field was 69,176 Saturday, a record for a Temple home game.[3] After the Nittany Lions scored 10 points in the first quarter, Temple responded with 27 unanswered points. Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg was sacked 10 times, with Temple linebacker Tyler Matakevich recording three sacks.[4] This game was Temple's first victory over a Big Ten team since a 1990 victory over the Wisconsin Badgers, as the Owls snapped a 31-game losing streak in the series to the Nittany Lions.[5]

at CincinnatiEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Owls 3 7 21 3 34
Bearcats 0 6 6 14 26
Overall record Last meeting Result
9–7–1 2014 CIN, 14–6

This was the Owls' first victory over Cincinnati since 1985.[6]

at MassachusettsEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Owls 7 10 3 5 25
Minutemen 0 17 0 6 23
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

at CharlotteEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Owls 3 7 20 7 37
49ers 0 3 0 0 3
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

TulaneEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Green Wave 3 7 0 0 10
Owls 7 14 21 7 49
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–1 2014 TEM, 10–3

UCFEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Knights 3 10 3 0 16
Owls 7 7 0 16 30
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–2 2014 UCF, 34–14

at East CarolinaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
#22 Owls 3 7 0 14 24
Pirates 0 14 0 0 14
Overall record Last meeting Result
4–8 2014 TEM, 20–10

This was the first game, and win, for a nationally ranked Owls team since 1979.

Notre DameEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
#9 Fighting Irish 7 7 3 7 24
#21 Owls 7 3 0 10 20
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–1 2013 ND, 28–6

This was the first time ESPN's College GameDay visited a Temple home game. Set up at Independence Mall, the broadcast attracted more than 10,000 fans.

at SMUEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
#23 Owls 14 7 17 22 60
Mustangs 0 17 7 16 40
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–1–2 2013 SMU, 59–49

at South FloridaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
#21 Owls 7 3 10 3 23
Bulls 7 24 3 10 44
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 2012 TEM, 37–28

MemphisEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Tigers 3 6 3 0 12
Owls 0 14 0 17 31
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–1 2014 MEM, 16–13

UConnEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Huskies 0 0 0 3 3
#25 Owls 7 3 10 7 27
Overall record Last meeting Result
10–5 2014 TEM, 36–10

This win sealed the Owl's berth in the inaugural AAC Championship, their second division title in team history.

The American Championship vs. HoustonEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
#20 Owls 0 3 7 3 13
#17 Cougars 7 10 7 0 24
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–4 2014 HOU, 31–10

Boca Raton Bowl vs. ToledoEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
#24 Owls 3 0 6 8 17
Rockets 0 12 0 20 32
Overall record Last meeting Result
3–7 2011 TOL, 36–13

Awards and honorsEdit

National AwardsEdit

  • Defense

Tyler Matakevich - LB - Senior [7]

All AmericansEdit

  • Consensus All-American

Tyler Matakevich - LB - Senior

  • Phil Steele All American Team

Dion Dawkins - OL - Junior - 4th Team

Conference AwardsEdit

  • Defense

Tyler Matakevich - LB - Senior

  • American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year - Winner

American Athletic Conference All-Conference TeamEdit

  • First Team

Kyle Friend, C
Matt Ioannidis, DL
Eric Lofton, OL
Tyler Matakevich, LB
Nate D. Smith, DL
Jahad Thomas, RB
Alex Wells, FS

  • Second Team

Dion Dawkins, OL
Sean Chandler, DB

  • Honorable Mention

Haason Reddick, DL
[8]

RankingsEdit

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP NR RV RV RV RV RV RV 22 21 23 21 RV 25 20 24 RV 
Coaches NR RV RV RV RV RV RV 24 22 23 21 RV 24 21 24 RV 
CFP Not released 22 22 NR 25 22 24 Not released

NFL PlayersEdit

NFL Draft CombineEdit

Three Temple players were invited to participate in the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine.

# Name POS HT WT Arms Hands 40 Bench Press Vert Jump Broad Jump 3 Cone Drill 20-yd Shuttle Ref
#1 Tavon Young CB 5-9 183 lbs 30 5/8 9 1/8 4.46 9 34.5 in 118 in 6.80 3.93 [9]
#8 Tyler Matakevich LB 6-0 238 lbs 31 1/4 9 1/2 4.81 22 31.0 in 112 in 7.19 4.50 [9]
#9 Matt Ioannidis DL 6-3 299 lbs 5.03 32 28.0 in 108.0 in 7.78 4.71 [9]

† Top performer

2016 NFL DraftEdit

Following the season, the following members of the Temple football team were selected in the 2016 NFL Draft.

# Player Round Pick Position NFL Club
#1 Tavon Young 4 104 CB Baltimore Ravens
#9 Matt Ioannidis 5 152 DL Washington Redskins
#8 Tyler Matakevich 7 246 LB Pittsburgh Steelers

[10]

Undrafted Free AgentsEdit

In addition to the draft selections above, the following Temple players signed NFL contracts after the draft.

# Name POS HT WT NFL Club Ref
#17 Brandon Shippen WR 5-11 191 lbs Dolphins [11]
#19 Robby Anderson WR 6-3 190 lbs Jets [12]
#75 Shahbaz Ahmed OL 6-3 285 lbs Falcons [13]
#79 Kyle Friend OL 6-2 305 lbs Jets [14]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2015 Temple Owls Football Schedule". FB Schedules. Retrieved April 2, 2015.
  2. ^ Snyder, Audrey (September 5, 2015). "Temple Beats Penn State for First Time Since 1941". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved September 7, 2015.
  3. ^ "Rapid Reaction: Temple 27, Penn State 10 (No, seriously, the score is correct)".
  4. ^ "Temple Makes History: Beats Penn State For First Time Since 1941".
  5. ^ "Penn State vs. Temple - Game Recap - September 5, 2015 - ESPN". ESPN.com.
  6. ^ Goheen, Kevin (September 13, 2015). "Temple Beats Cincinnati for First Time Since 1985". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved September 17, 2015.
  7. ^ "Temple University Athletics". owlsports.com.
  8. ^ "Ten Football Players Selected in Football's All-Conference Honors".
  9. ^ a b c "2016 NFL Combine Results - Historical NFL Scouting Combine Data". nflcombineresults.com.
  10. ^ "2016 NFL Draft". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 28, 2016.
  11. ^ "Dolphins undrafted rookies include Canes WR Scott, Temple WR Shippen - The Daily Dolphin".
  12. ^ "New York Jets: Robby Anderson".
  13. ^ "Atlanta Falcons: Shahbaz Ahmed".[permanent dead link]
  14. ^ "New York Jets: Kyle Friend".[permanent dead link]