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Owls defeat Vanderbilt for their first win since 1938 over an SEC school

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By Anthony Caruso III
Posted: August 29th, 2014 at 2:44 am EST

The Temple Owls and the Vanderbilt Commodores game was delays several hours by lightening. When the game finally started, the Commodores failed to show up.

The Owls would dominate the Commodores, 37-7, at Vanderbilt Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee.

Temple Owls

Temple Owls

This is their first season opening win since August 31st, 2012 against the Villanova Wildcats when they won 41-10. It is their first win over a SEC team since 1938.

The Owls, who were heavy underdogs against the Florida Gators, ended up winning the game. Jimmy Powers’ 102-yard kickoff return for a touchdown helped the Owls upset the Gators, 20-12.

This game would be different, as the only points that the Commodores scored was on a botched Temple fumble. Oren Burks picked up the fumble and took it into the end zone to tie the game at 7-7.

Temple would score two touchdowns in the second. P.J. Walker hit Jalen Fitzpatrick for an 18-yard touchdown to give the Owls a touchdown lead.

Vanderbilt quarterback Stephen Rivers was sacked for a 16-yard loss by Owls defensive end Avery Ellis before fumbling the ball. Defensive Lineman Averee Robinson scooped up the ball and rushed it for a 55-yard touchdown to make it 21-7.

Owls freshman kicker Austin Jones kicked two good field goals in the third from 19-yards and 28-yards. Walker added a 3-yard rushing touchdown to make it 34-7.

Tyler Mayes ended the Owls scoring with a 25-yard field goal to make it 37-7 in the final quarter.

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