By Julie Glass
Ryquell Armstead scored two touchdowns as Temple recovered from an early pick-six to defeat SMU 45-20 yesterday at the Linc.
The sophomore broke up the left sideline 37 yards to score the game’s final TD and gained 159 of the Owls’ 244 yards rushing.
Armstead had gained 154 yards in all of September.
Jordan Wyatt had SMU on the board before the game was a minute old when he picked off Phillip Walker’s third pass and returned it 35 yards for a TD.
But Temple (3-2, 1-0 American Athletic) responded with three quick scores — a Jahad Thomas 12-yard run, a 42-yard pass from Walker to Ventell Bryant and Armstead’s 1-yarder — before the opening quarter ended.
Ben Hicks went 22-for-42 for 199 yards and two TDs for SMU (2-3, 0-1). The Mustangs intercepted Walker twice for 12 on the season, among FBS leaders.