As most Temple football fans are aware, a win is a win. Especially since, in the last couple of decades, wins for the Owls have come sparingly. As so, it's difficult not to get a wee bit giddy now that the Owls have racked up two consecutive conference wins.
Temple's strong play from last week's trouncing of Buffalo continued as the Owls jumped on the Easter Michigan Eagles with a 21-0 lead. Freshman Bernard Pierce was once again the offense's spark plug, rushing for 180 yards and two touchdowns.
As a team, Temple rushed for 242 yards. Quarterback Vaughn Charlton added a second quarter touchdown for good effort.
The winless Eagles were stifled by the Owls' defense. They managed only 50 rushing yards and didn't score a touchdown until there was 1:39 left in the game. Temple's defense also forced two turnovers.
The win continues to demonstrate the changes that Coach Al Golden has influenced. The Owls played strong though out, not easing up late in the game. The inability to finish games has been a stinging problem for the Owls the past few seasons.
Next week, the Owls are back at home against the winless Ball State Cardinals (0-5). Temple needs to use next week's game at home to prove they're a different team, a better team.
Adding another win and beginning conference play at 3-0 will give the Owls the confidence it needs before taking on the better MAC teams in the latter half of the schedule.