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Temple fails to keep momentum going in 38-22 loss to Buffalo

Temple looked flat all afternoon.

Buffalo v Temple Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

What a whirlwind of emotions after just one week.

The Temple Owls were coming off a win over a ranked Maryland Terrapins team. The Buffalo Bulls were coming off a loss to the Liberty Flames, the new kids on the block in the FBS.

The Bulls were down 7-0 early following an early interception, but they scored 31 unanswered points in the 38-22 win over Temple.

Buffalo ran all over the Owls, rushing for 217 yards. Jaret Patterson ran for 133 yards and two touchdowns, while Kevin Marks added 72 yards and a score as well.

Meanwhile, Temple could get nothing going on offense until a couple of late scores when Buffalo built up a 38-10 lead following a pick-six by Joey Banks.

It was a particularly bad outing for Temple quarterback Anthony Russo, who threw three interceptions and lost a fumble. He finished 25-of-51 passing for 258 yards with three touchdowns.

Shoddy special teams play by the Owls cost them again this week as another bad snap on a punt put the Bulls at the Temple 7-yard line. Buffalo scored their first touchdown of the afternoon a few plays later on Jaret Patterson’s 4-yard run, and took control from there.

Russo was strip-sacked on the next drive, which lead to a Matt Myers touchdown run. The Bulls drive was kept alive when Shaun Bradley, the hero in last week’s win, was ejected for targeting on a third down incompletion.

Next up for Temple is a home game against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Geoff Collins, the former head coach for Temple, will make his return to Philadelphia. Kickoff is at 3:30 EST and the game can be seen on CBS Sports Network.