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Temple cruises past Navy 34-10 to capture AAC championship

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) Soon after coach Matt Rhule received the obligatory drenching on the sideline, confetti rained down on the Temple football team and the players jumped with excitement during a celebration that was nearly five decades in the making.

For the first time since 1967, the Owls are league champions.

Phillip Walker threw two touchdown passes, Temple's defense stuffed Navy's running game and the Owls claimed their first American Athletic Conference title with a 34-10 victory Saturday.

After Temple (10-3) scored touchdowns on its first three possessions, protecting the 21-0 lead became substantially easier when No. 20 Navy (9-3, No. 19 CFP) lost standout quarterback Will Worth to a second-quarter ankle injury.

Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo said Worth is done for the season, along with running backs Toneo Gulley and Darryl Bonner, both of whom left with first-half injuries.

Although the defeat took Navy out of the running for the Cotton Bowl, the Midshipmen are expected to play in the Armed Forces Bowl after facing Army next Saturday.

The Owls extended their winning streak to seven and earned their first league title since finishing atop the Middle American Conference some 49 seasons ago.

''If it means one thing, it means a promise has been fulfilled,'' said Rhule, who vowed to build a winner at Temple despite going 2-10 in 2013, his first season. ''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 lost to Houston in last year's AAC Championship game. This time, the Owls dominated from the outset.

''It showed we have a really good team that is capable of doing a lot of good things,'' said Walker, who went 16 for 25 for 199 yards.

Not only did Temple open with TD drives of 75, 59 and 70 yards, but the defense quashed a Navy attack that was averaging 61 points over its previous three games.

''They just played better. It wasn't a magic wand,'' Niumatalolo said. ''They just hit us in the mouth and we hadn't been hit in the mouth for a long time. Normally, we hit other people in the mouth. To Temple's credit, they hit us in the mouth. We were dazed the whole game. It's like they hit us with an overhand right.''

The Midshipmen had scored on 34 of 38 drives - including 33 touchdowns - before being denied on their first three possessions by Temple. Worth was injured at the end of the third drive and did not return.

That spelled doom for an offense that produced more than 500 yards in each of its last three games. Navy finished with 306 yards, 168 on the ground.

Backup quarterback Zach Abey went 7 for 13 for 104 yards and two interceptions.

''I missed some reads, wish I had some plays back,'' he said.

The result was the end of Navy's 15-game home winning streak.

Middle linebacker Jarred Alwan led the Owls defense with 13 tackles, and Sean Chandler contributed eight tackles and forced a fumble.

Temple took the suspense out of the game with an early show of offensive firepower. After Walker completed a 13-yard pass for Keith Kirkwood on fourth-and-7 from the Navy 28, Jahad Thomas ran for a 15-yard score.

A 22-yard touchdown pass to Ventell Bryant made it 14-0, and Walker followed a Navy turnover with a perfectly thrown long pass that Kirkwood caught in stride for a 56-yard score.

The injury to Worth occurred on Navy's next possession.

WHAT ABOUT US?

Rhule believes the Owls should be considered for a major bowl, even though unbeaten Western Michigan is positioned to be the highest-ranked team from the Group of Five conferences when the committee releases its final rankings Sunday.

''We've beaten two Top 25 teams this year,'' he said. ''We should be a ranked team. We had three losses early.''

So...

''I'm not saying anything negative about anyone else,'' Rhule stressed, ''but we should be playing on the New Year's Day Six bowl.''

THE TAKEAWAY

Temple: The Owls played exceptionally well in proving to be a worthy conference champion. Even before the injuries to Navy's backfield, Temple's defense successfully tackled the challenge of slowing down Navy's formidable offense.

Navy: The Midshipmen had it all going for them: Momentum on offense, home-field advantage and the incentive of playing in the Cotton Bowl. But Navy wasn't sharp enough to put a dent in a Temple defense that had allowed a total of 10 points in its previous three games.

UP NEXT

Temple: The Owls expect to learn their bowl destination on Sunday.

Navy: The annual Army-Navy game will be held in Baltimore on Saturday. The Midshipmen will be looking for their 15th straight win in the series.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 3:04
97-A.Boumerhi extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
34
10
Touchdown 3:04
25-R.Armstead runs 30 yards for a touchdown.
2
plays
34
yds
00:48
pos
33
10
Field Goal 10:23
97-A.Boumerhi 42 yards Field Goal is Good.
9
plays
-15
yds
04:37
pos
27
10
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 2:18
16-B.Moehring extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
24
10
Touchdown 2:18
9-Z.Abey runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
7
plays
64
yds
03:03
pos
24
9
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:27
97-A.Boumerhi 48 yards Field Goal is Good.
5
plays
-14
yds
00:24
pos
24
3
Field Goal 5:16
16-B.Moehring 23 yards Field Goal is Good.
10
plays
9
yds
05:41
pos
21
3
Point After TD 13:44
97-A.Boumerhi extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
21
0
Touchdown 13:44
8-P.Walker complete to 89-K.Kirkwood. 89-K.Kirkwood runs 56 yards for a touchdown.
3
plays
59
yds
01:16
pos
20
0
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 3:01
97-A.Boumerhi extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
0
Touchdown 3:01
8-P.Walker complete to 1-V.Bryant. 1-V.Bryant runs 22 yards for a touchdown.
6
plays
59
yds
03:17
pos
13
0
Point After TD 9:43
97-A.Boumerhi extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
0
Touchdown 9:43
5-J.Thomas runs 15 yards for a touchdown.
12
plays
75
yds
05:17
pos
6
0
Team Stats
1st Downs 18 13
Rushing 10 6
Passing 8 6
Penalty 0 1
3rd Down Conv 7-15 6-14
4th Down Conv 1-1 1-4
Total Net Yards 398 315
Total Plays 61 59
Avg Gain 6.5 5.3
Net Yards Rushing 189 168
Rush Attempts 36 44
Avg Rush Yards 5.3 3.8
Net Yards Passing 209 147
Comp. - Att. 16-25 8-15
Yards Per Pass 8.4 9.8
Sacked - Yards Lost 1-10 3-9
Penalties - Yards 4-30 0-0
Touchdowns 4 1
Rushing TDs 2 1
Passing TDs 2 0
Other 0 0
Turnovers 0 3
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 1-1
Int. Thrown 0 2
Punts - Avg 4-42.0 3-47.3
Return Yards 26 53
Punts - Returns 0-0 1-0
Kickoffs - Returns 1-14 4-53
Int. - Returns 2-12 0-0
Kicking 6/7 2/2
Extra Points 4/4 1/1
Field Goals 2/3 1/1
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Temple 10-3 141001034
19 Navy 9-3 037010
209 PASS YDS 147
189 RUSH YDS 168
398 TOTAL YDS 315
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
P. Walker 8 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
64% 199 2 0 157.3
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
58.4% 2899 20 12 140.9
P. Walker 16/25 199 2 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
R. Armstead 25 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
10 76 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
149 918 14
R. Armstead 10 76 1 30
Ja. Thomas 5 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
19 62 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
200 918 13
Ja. Thomas 19 62 1 15
A. Jennings 17 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 33 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
7 81 0
A. Jennings 3 33 0 20
N. Sharga 4 FB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 30 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
17 96 0
N. Sharga 2 30 0 25
P. Walker 8 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -10 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
58 -46 1
P. Walker 1 -10 0 -10
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
K. Kirkwood 89 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 98 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
36 567 4
K. Kirkwood 5 98 1 56
V. Bryant 1 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 47 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
43 744 4
V. Bryant 5 47 1 22
Ja. Thomas 5 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 24 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
32 426 6
Ja. Thomas 2 24 0 16
R. Armstead 25 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 19 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 34 0
R. Armstead 1 19 0 19
I. Wright 13 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 7 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 67 0
I. Wright 2 7 0 4
A. Jennings 17 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 4 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
20 320 2
A. Jennings 1 4 0 4
R. Deloatch 11 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
17 238 1
R. Deloatch 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
J. Alwan 41 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
13-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
13-0 0 1.0
J. Alwan 13-0 1.0 0
D. Randall 23 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-2 3 0.0
D. Randall 5-2 0.0 0
P. Martin-Oguike 50 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
P. Martin-Oguike 5-1 0.0 0
S. Chandler 3 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-2 1 0.0
S. Chandler 5-2 0.0 0
N. Hairston 15 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 2 0.0
N. Hairston 4-1 0.0 1
A. Williams 2 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
A. Williams 4-0 0.0 0
A. Foster 16 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
A. Foster 4-0 0.0 0
M. Dogbe 98 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
M. Dogbe 2-1 0.0 0
S. Marshall 6 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
S. Marshall 2-2 0.0 0
H. Reddick 7 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 1 0.0
H. Reddick 1-1 0.0 1
F. Booth-Lloyd 99 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
F. Booth-Lloyd 1-0 1.0 0
A. Ellis 52 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
A. Ellis 1-2 0.0 0
A. Robinson 43 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-5 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-5 0 0.5
A. Robinson 1-5 0.5 0
J. Atoki 19 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Atoki 1-0 0.0 0
J. Martin 9 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
J. Martin 0-1 0.0 0
J. Folks 44 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 1 0.5
J. Folks 0-1 0.5 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
A. Boumerhi 97 K
IN-GAME FG XP
2/3 4/4
SEASON FG XP
11/13 27/28
A. Boumerhi 2/3 48 4/4 10
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
A. Starzyk 43 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 42.0 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
48 39.7 2
A. Starzyk 4 42.0 2 45
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
I. Wright 13 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 14.0 14 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
5 21.8 14 0
I. Wright 1 14.0 14 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
Z. Abey 9 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
53.8% 104 0 2 90.3
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
53.8% 104 0 2 90.3
Z. Abey 7/13 104 0 2
W. Worth 15 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
50% 34 0 0 192.8
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
61.5% 1397 8 3 179.3
W. Worth 1/2 34 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
Z. Abey 9 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
14 70 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
26 197 2
Z. Abey 14 70 1 47
Sh. White 31 FB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
9 24 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
74 421 7
Sh. White 9 24 0 5
C. Cass Jr. 20 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 19 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
25 150 2
C. Cass Jr. 3 19 0 8
T. Gulley 2 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 18 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
43 427 4
T. Gulley 2 18 0 15
W. Worth 15 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 17 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
264 1198 25
W. Worth 6 17 0 4
C. High 33 FB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 10 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
74 483 5
C. High 3 10 0 7
M. Swain 32 FB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 8 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
22 121 1
M. Swain 3 8 0 6
D. Romine 28 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 4 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
45 416 1
D. Romine 1 4 0 4
T. Walker 21 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 3 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
13 56 0
T. Walker 2 3 0 2
D. Bonner 29 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -5 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
25 205 2
D. Bonner 1 -5 0 -5
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
J. Tillman 4 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 49 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
35 582 2
J. Tillman 3 49 0 29
C. Cass Jr. 20 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 38 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
10 197 0
C. Cass Jr. 3 38 0 22
D. Romine 28 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 34 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 166 0
D. Romine 1 34 0 34
B. Colon 87 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 17 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 110 1
B. Colon 1 17 0 17
D. Bonner 29 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 199 2
D. Bonner 0 0 0 0
T. Walker 21 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
T. Walker 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
M. Thomas 44 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-0 0 0.0
M. Thomas 8-0 0.0 0
A. Mason 52 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 1.0
A. Mason 7-0 1.0 0
S. Williams 6 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
S. Williams 5-0 0.0 0
T. Heflin 54 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
T. Heflin 4-2 0.0 0
T. Wooten 17 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 2 0.0
T. Wooten 3-0 0.0 0
P. Forrestal 68 NT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
P. Forrestal 3-0 0.0 0
J. Ryan 9 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
J. Ryan 2-0 0.0 0
J. Polu 90 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
J. Polu 2-1 0.0 0
B. Jones 3 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
B. Jones 2-0 0.0 0
D. Palmore 45 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
D. Palmore 2-0 0.0 0
T. Colburn 55 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
T. Colburn 1-0 0.0 0
J. Norton 5 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 1 0.0
J. Norton 1-1 0.0 0
C. Dorris 46 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
C. Dorris 1-0 0.0 0
D. Thomasson 26 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 1 0.0
D. Thomasson 1-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
B. Moehring 16 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 1/1
SEASON FG XP
6/8 57/60
B. Moehring 1/1 23 1/1 4
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
A. Barta 18 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
3 47.3 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
16 43.5 2
A. Barta 3 47.3 2 63
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
T. Walker 21 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 19.0 19 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
5 23.0 19 0
T. Walker 1 19.0 19 0
K. Mouton 23 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 19.0 19 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 19.0 19 0
K. Mouton 1 19.0 19 0
T. Heflin 54 LB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 9.0 9 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
3 10.0 9 0
T. Heflin 1 9.0 9 0
N. Cromartie 96 DE
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 6.0 6 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 10.0 6 0
N. Cromartie 1 6.0 6 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
C. Cass Jr. 20 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
7 7.4 0 0
C. Cass Jr. 1 0.0 0 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 TEMPLE 25 5:17 12 75 TD
6:18 TEMPLE 41 3:17 6 59 TD
0:51 TEMPLE 30 0:37 2 11
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 TEMPLE 41 1:16 3 59 TD
11:57 TEMPLE 31 0:52 3 0 Punt
5:06 TEMPLE 22 4:02 9 45 FG Miss
0:51 TEMPLE 49 0:24 5 -14 FG
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:09 TEMPLE 37 1:14 3 2 Punt
7:44 TEMPLE 17 2:08 4 2 Punt
2:18 TEMPLE 35 1:38 4 20
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 NAVY 45 4:37 9 20 FG
6:08 TEMPLE 46 1:28 3 3 Punt
3:52 NAVY 34 0:48 2 34 TD
1:05 TEMPLE 1 0:39 2 23
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
9:37 NAVY 31 3:13 7 28
2:53 NAVY 37 1:54 4 33
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:44 NAVY 25 1:37 3 9 Punt
10:57 NAVY 26 5:41 10 68 FG
0:22 NAVY 25 0:00 1 3
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 NAVY 25 1:46 5 38
11:46 NAVY 18 3:49 6 21 Punt
5:21 NAVY 36 3:03 7 64 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:11 NAVY 23 3:56 11 32
4:33 NAVY 14 0:27 1 17 INT
2:57 NAVY 28 1:39 3 8 Punt