Temple defensive end Quincy Roche

Temple defensive end Quincy Roche has been a key to the Owls’ success. — Zamani Feelings/Temple Athletics

Temple defensive end Quincy Roche has great all-around skills as a lineman. Roche, a redshirt junior, displayed his talents in the Owls’ 17-7 victory over USF on Thursday night, leading Temple with a career-high 3.5 sacks.

Roche, a 6-foot-4, 235-pounder, also had six total tackles and 3.5 tackles for loss. He was named to the American Athletic Conference Honor Roll for his efforts. Temple head coach Rod Carey was impressed with his performance.

“He had a great game,” Carey said. “I was really happy with how he responded coming off an injury where he played a little bit at UCF [University of Central Florida], but barely practiced and really was not himself and really came back and executed at a high level. He was really upset with himself at halftime because he thought he should have had more. He was actually a little upset with himself after the game. I’m really happy for him though.”

Roche played a big part in helping Temple become bowl eligible this season. The Owls have a 6-3 overall record and a 3-2 league mark. This is the sixth consecutive year Temple has been bowl eligible. Carey knows this is a big accomplishment for the Owls.

“We’re happy to be bowl eligible,” Carey said. “It’s certainly a goal of ours every year. It’s not the only goal, but it’s one we could accomplish last week and we did.”

Temple will face Tulane (6-3, 3-2 league) in a big conference matchup on Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field. The kickoff is set for 12 p.m. on ESPNU.

The game will be a part of the 150 Years of College Football Celebration. The Owls will wear throwback jerseys to commemorate the first-ever Sugar Bowl, which was held in 1935 between Temple and Tulane. The Green Wave has one of the best teams in the AAC and is coming off a 38-26 win over Tulsa two weeks ago.

“Tulane is a heck of a ballclub,” Carey said. “Coach [Willie Fritz] has built it the right way in his time there. They are dynamic on defense, pound the ball on offense and have good playmakers on offense.”

Temple will need its playmakers on defense against Tulane. Quincy Roche is certainly one of them. He does a great job of making plays on the defensive line.

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