Temple dominates Navy to win conference, set to play in Military Bowl
After winning the American Athletic Conference in a dominating fashion against No. 19 Navy with a score of 34-10, Temple football is headed to the Military Bowl on Tuesday, Dec. 27 in Annapolis. The nationally ranked Owls will face Wake Forest in the sixth bowl game in the university's history.
Once they scored touchdowns on their first three possessions and led Navy 21-0, the Owls never looked back. The defense stopped Navy’s high-powered offense and let up just 10 points, which seemed to make it easier for the offense to control the game.
"If it means one thing, it means a promise has been fulfilled," Head Coach Matt Rhule said. "The true thing for me about this is just to have these players to be able to call themselves champions. When you win this conference, you've done something special."
Temple has appeared in back-to-back championship games, which have been the first two in the conference’s short history. They will also appear in back-to-back bowl games for the first time in school history.
The bowl invitation capped a record-tying year for the Owls under Rhule, who in his fourth season led Temple to 10 wins. That record is tied with last year’s for most wins in school history and could be beaten if the Owls top Wake Forest.
Temple is ranked in the Top 25, entering the Associated Press Poll at No. 23. and the College Football Playoff rankings at No. 24 for the first time this season.
The team also placed nine players on the All-American Athletic Conference Teams. Two players earned first-team honors; five earned second-team honors and two earned honorable mention.
Temple’s first bowl game appearance was in the first Sugar Bowl in 1935.
The Military Bowl will be played at the Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on the campus of The United States Naval Academy and broadcast live on ESPN.
For more information—including updates about tickets, travel packages and more—visit Temple Athletics’ Bowl Game Central site.