By Tom Dougherty, The Temple News
The last two weeks, Temple’s defense has been missing something.
Fundamentals and a certain approach the team even had during its 2-10 season in 2013.
“We have a mentality of if you get in the red zone, we’re not going to let you score,” senior linebacker Tyler Matakevich said after Temple (9-2 and 6-1 in the American Athletic Conference) defeated Memphis, the No. 21 team in the College Football Playoff Rankings, 31-12 Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field. “We finally got that back, got that edge back. You saw it today.”
After allowing 40-plus points in back-to-back games, the Owls held the Tigers, the No. 6 scoring offense in the Football Bowl Subdivision, to 12 points. It was also Memphis’ first game without a touchdown since Sept. 27, 2014, against the University of Mississippi.
The Tigers’ 12 points were also the fewest they’ve scored since beating Temple, 16-13, Nov. 7, 2014.