WEST POINT, N.Y. Temple scored 14 points off of two Army turnovers and returned a kickoff for another score on the way to a 35-7 victory over the Black Knights, Friday night at Michie Stadium in the season-opening game for both teams.
Army, providing the first look at its new option-based offense, outgained the Owls by 34 yards but was hurt by two fumbles and a long kick return.
Temple senior quarterback Adam DiMichele, one of 55 returning letterwinners, completed 15 of 22 passes for 159 yards and two touchdowns, and Jamal Schulters returned a kickoff 98 yards for a score as the Owls won their season-opener.
Army senior fullback Collin Mooney paced the offense with career-highs in attempts (26) and yards (81). Tony Dace carried six times for 40 yards and the lone Army touchdown. Quarterback Carson Williams hit on 6 of 14 passes for 74 yards. He threw one interception and rushed for 16 yards. Jameson Carter caught three passes for 32 yards.
The Black Knights, playing their first August contest in school history, held a 284-250 advantage in total offense, but fell to 0-1.
Temple scored the first points midway through the first quarter. Army punt returner Carlo Sandiego fumbled a drive from Jeff Wathne and Marq Liverpool recovered at the Army 8-yard line. Three plays later, DiMichele connected with Bruce Francis for a five-yard touchdown and 7-0 lead.
Following an Army punt, the Owls increased their lead to 14. DiMichele capped a 10-play, 71-yard drive with a seven-yard toss to Steve Maneri late in the first quarter,
A fumble by Williams led to the third Owls’ touchdown. Morkeith Brown recovered the loose ball and went 17 yards to paydirt for a 21-0 advantage 10 second into the second quarter.
Temple upped its lead to four touchdowns when Schulters took the second-half kickoff 98 yards to the end zone.
Army responded with its scoring drive, moving 78 yards in 14 plays. Williams rushed for eight yards on first down and then picked up four yards three plays later. Mooney had a rush for seven yards and then carried for eight yards on four consecutive carries. Dace rushed for four yards to get inside the 10, Williams picked up five yards and then Dace capped the 7:25 drive with his one-yard plunge. Adam DeMarco kicked the PAT.
The Owls closed the scoring in the final quarter when Liverpool bulled in from a yard out to complete a 10-play, 67-yard drive.
Army will seek its first win next Saturday when it hosts New Hampshire. Kickoff at Michie Stadium is set for 1 p.m. for New York Giants Appreciation Day. The first 10,000 fans ages 15 and older will receive New York Giants mini-helmets. For tickets, call 1-877-TIX-ARMY.