You can cash by taking the winning horse but an exacta and a trifecta always make the wallet that much fatter.
On Homecoming Weekend 2019, Temple football had a superfecta in a 30-28 win over Memphis:
- Owls won
- Owls beat a Top 25 team
- Owls drew a season-high 34,253 beautiful and involved fans
- Owls honored their greatest team at the end of the first quarter.
No money exchanged hands, but it was the kind of day money cannot buy. Perfect 72-degree weather in mid-October with the good guys coming out on top and just about all of their preseason hopes still on the table.
In the end, it was pretty much unabashed joy. No complaints. Much was made in Memphis of the call that overturned a catch by a tight end that might have led to a game-winning field goal but those same fans said nothing about a worse call–a phantom hold on Temple that negated a 60-yard Ra’Mahn Davis touchdown. The film showed no hold, just a push from the front which is a legal block. Davis scores there and Magnificio’s alleged catch is just another magnifico catch to make a blowout closer. You can see both announcers say it was a catch initially but the analyst at least saying it was a great overturn after watching the ball come loose.
Could Temple have played better?
Hell, I’d like to see this team have a killer instinct and turn a 23-7 lead into a 35-14 one every now and then but we’ve got to remember that the guys in the other locker room are highly recruited, too, and also have good coaches and resilient personalities.
Any time you win in college football is a good day. Mix in Homecoming and a big crowd with that and some overdue tributes and it turned out to be an outstanding day. The fact that the win made Temple the all-time winningest team in the history of AAC football games was the Cherry on top of this delicious White cake.
Hopefully, it makes this team hungry for more in the upcoming weeks.
Tuesday: Fizzy’s Corner