Owls register second shutout in row

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Temple vs Akron

Temple vs Akron

October 30 Philadelphia Inquirer:

Not since 1971 had a Temple football team put together back-to-back shutouts. That changed Saturday, when winless Akron visited Lincoln Financial Field and left with a 30-0 defeat.

The Zips drove across midfield only once.

The Owls, who were held to a couple of field goals during the first two quarters, came back with three second-half touchdowns and another three-pointer to put the game away.

Temple improved to 7-2 overall and 4-1 in the Mid-American Conference, tying a school record with its 10th consecutive home victory. Akron, under first-year coach Rob Ianello, is 0-9 and 0-5.

Last week, the Owls won at Buffalo, 42-0.

“They have an opportunity to build their own memories,” Temple defensive coordinator Mark D’Onofrio said. “No one can take away what they did the last two weeks, but at the same time, that’s not our goal. Our ultimate goal is to get better and win a championship.”

Temple quarterback Mike Gerardi made his second career start after opening up against Buffalo last week and throwing for three touchdowns with two interceptions. Against Akron, the southpaw went 15 for 22 for 209 yards and a touchdown pass to tight end Alex Jackson that opened Temple’s lead to 13-0 with 11 minutes, 44 seconds remaining in the third quarter.

It was 16-0 after a 45-yard field goal by kicker Brandon McManus, who was good on all three of his attempts.

“I’m just out there playing my best,” said Gerardi, a redshirt junior who had not taken a snap in college before this season. “I hadn’t been on the field in 21/2 years. Being out there, the speed and everything. . . . It does take a game or two to get used to the speed, and get back to playing.”

Temple took a 3-0 lead on its second possession of the game after its 84-yard drive was stopped at the Akron 10-yard line. McManus booted a 27-yard field goal with 6:11 remaining in the first period.

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