Big East Brawl

While Temple couldn’t power over Rutgers, it was still a great time battling in the Big East, and I had my big Temple ‘][‘ to show my spirit!

“And the TempleRutgers game is Saturday. And if we win, we’ll be in first place in the Big East!”

“Who, Temple?”

I laughed at Connor’s question while we Skyped on Tuesday night. Yes, Temple. But he was right. In my three years here, Temple in first place, in anything, was unheard of. And finally, finally, we had a chance to take first in the Big East.

We boarded the buses down to Lincoln Financial Field just after 10am for the student tailgate in Lot K. We traded our traditional cherry and white for pink and white for the annual breast cancer awareness game and grabbed pompoms and face-paint. I was getting jittery looking up at the formidable, Eagles-green walls of the stadium as we painted our faces.

I’d missed the most recent home game after the Mayor’s Cup due to commitments at the Union, and I was itching to get back inside to watch my Owls. After winning back-to-back Big East games the previous week for the first time in school history, beating I-95-rival Rutgers wasn’t that big of a stretch. With 31,000 fans piling into the Linc, it would certainly be one of the largest and loudest Owls game I’ve ever attended.

We entered the stadium with Ray, a fellow Owl Ambassador and chair of the traditions committee in Temple Student Government, who brought us onto the field to high-five the players as they emerged from the tunnel. It was so awesome to be able to stand on the field where the Eagles and Owls both play and cheer our players on firsthand. Thanks, Ray!

While the Owls couldn’t quite muster enough strength to beat the Scarlet Knights, the cheers ridiculing the state of New Jersey were enough to keep me laughing, and we had a SC Top-Ten worthy touchdown from quarterback Chris Coyer in the first quarter. So we didn’t get our third Big East win in a row, but we’ll get our shot at another W next week at Pitt.

Go Owls!

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