The football team’s undefeated record warrants fan and student support.
On Saturday afternoon, the football team clinched its third win of the season, defeating the Connecticut Huskies, 30-16, for the first time since 2002. [“Football team off to historic start,” Page 20]
But Saturday’s game didn’t just mark a victory for the Owls. It made a statement.
The game was the third in a 3-0 winning streak – the longest undefeated start to a season the Owls have had since 1979, when the team won over the Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens, 31-14.
And the 2010 team’s firsts don’t stop there.
The win over UConn was also the first win over a Bowl Championship Series team since the Owls defeated Syracuse, 34-24, in 2004, securing the first win over a BCS team under coach Al Golden’s leadership.
Saturday’s game was also the eighth in a home-game win streak, breaking the team record of seven consecutive home-game wins in 1940.
Sophomore running back Bernard Pierce, Temple’s hope for a first Heisman Trophy winner, is the team’s first College Football All-American player since Rian Wallace in 2003.
The facts speak for themselves. Only three games into the season, the Owls seem to be in for an impressive run.
In fact, the only thing that’s been less than impressive about Temple football this season is game attendance.
On Sept. 16, Golden encouraged students and fans to support the team at the Lincoln Financial Field for the game against the Huskies via Twitter.
“We will need all our fans for our home field advantage next Saturday against UConn,” Golden wrote.
With a seating capacity of more than 65,000, the Linc garnered fewer than 19,000 fans Saturday to witness the Owls make history over the Huskies.
Though the Owls pulled off a win with measly game attendance, it’s a shame more Temple fans and students don’t make it out to witness the record-breaking team.
At such a pivotal point in Temple football history, the Owls need the continual support of both their fans and their coach who’s brought extensive growth to the organization in his five years of leadership in order to maintain their level of success.