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Temple quarterback Anthony Russo (15) hands off to teammate running back Jager Gardner (21) during the second quarter of an NCAA football game at Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019 in Philadelphia. Temple defeated Bucknell 56-12. (AP Photo/Corey Perrine)

This college football season is only a couple weeks old, but when Temple entertains Maryland on Saturday, Sept. 14, that could be a great matchup at Lincoln Financial Field. The Owls (1-0) will face No. 21 ranked Terrapins (2-0) at 12 p.m. This will be Temple’s home opener. Last year, the Owls defeated the Terrapins 35-14 at Maryland.

Temple posted an impressive 56-12 win over Bucknell to open its season two weeks ago. In that game, the Owls had a great running attack led by Jager Gardner who had 10 carries for 54 yards and two touchdowns.

“Jager had a really good fall camp and parlayed that right into the first game,” Temple head coach Rod Carey said. “I’m really excited about him and Re’Mahn Davis [running back] as well. He had a nice game and a nice fall camp. [Kyle] Dobbins [running back] is still one of those guys who is in the picture as well.”

Davis had nine carries for 60 yards and one touchdown in the victory over Bucknell. The running game could help Temple’s offense control the ball against Maryland.

The Terrapins are off to a tremendous start. Maryland opened the season with a 79-0 win over Howard University. Last Saturday, the Terrapins defeated Syracuse, 63-20. Maryland has a high scoring offense however, the defense has really shut down their first two opponents.

“Well, they’re playing aggressive defense,” Carey said. “They’re really disruptive. They have a lot of speed and they have really good edge pressure. Their schemes allow them to really pin their ears back and come a lot in the passing game and in the run game they’re really swarm to the football. Obviously, I think they’ve given up a total of 20 points in two games. I think that’s the number. They’re doing a lot of good things on defense.”

This game against nationally-ranked Maryland should be a real good test for Temple.

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