By Annie Ross
Bennie Walls’ 74-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown on the opening drive of the second half keyed Temple’s 24-2 victory over Georgia Tech.
Temple (3-1) spoiled the return of former head coach Geoff Collins, who posted a 15-10 record over two years as Owls coach before agreeing to take the head coaching job at Georgia Tech in December 2018
Collins was replaced by former Northern Illinois coach Rod Carey, who is 3-1 in his first four games at Temple.
“Obviously, the loss hurts really bad and you multiply by how personal it was,” Collins said. “But it was good to hear them come up after the game and talk about how we impacted their lives. And they certainly made a big impact on our lives as well.”
Temple’s defense created three turnovers.
“When the defense goes out and pitches a shutout, you really don’t have to say any more than that,” Carey said.
“Defense wins championships,” Walls said. “Whenever you hold a team off the scoreboard, you know that you have a chance. And I think we’ve been able to show that we have a really good defense.”
“They have a great defense and they were able to be effective in the red zone,” Collins said.
The Owls also generated 198 yards on the ground thanks in large part to Re’Mahn Davis, who had 29 carries for 135 yards and two touchdowns.
“The offensive line was able to execute all game like they did during the week,” Davis said. “When they are able to do what they can do, I know that I’m going to have a successful day.”
Georgia Tech (1-3) got its only score on a third quarter safety on a tackle of Davis following a 1-yard loss in the end zone.