5 Examples That It Can Be Done

The calm before the storm at Lincoln Financial Field.

The calm before the storm at Lincoln Financial Field.

It’s truly amazing to watch the comments of all of these Notre Dame fans, who think the mere suggestion of Temple winning tonight’s game is not only implausible, but impossible. How soon they have forgotten these five recent games. Arguably, these are five teams with lesser resumes of Temple that proved capable of beating ND. Will Temple join this list? Don’t know, but amnesia can  be a terrible thing.


The documented history:

Nov. 15, 2014: Northwestern 43, Notre Dame 40

A Northwestern team that finished 5-7 would walk into Notre Dame and come away with a 43-40 win over the Fighting Irish. The Irish finished last season with an 8-5 record, beating LSU, 31-28, in the Music City Bowl. Temple already has more wins than Northwestern had all of last season, so the Owls winning should not be too much of a shock.

Nov. 9, 2013: Pitt 28, Notre Dame 21

The Panthers broke a four-game Irish winning streak by beating Notre Dame, 28-21. Pitt finished the season with a 7-6 record, while the Irish won two of their last three to finish 9-4.

Sept. 3, 2011: South Florida 23, Notre Dame 20

The Bulls, now a fellow AAC member, would walk into South Bend and come away with a 23-20 win. They finished the season an undistinguished 5-7. Notre Dame finished 8-5.

Nov. 30, 2010: Tulsa 28, Notre Dame 27

The Golden Hurricane, now also of the AAC, took a 28-27 win in South Bend. They would go on to a 10-3 record and Notre Dame would finish 8-5, but folks would be hard-pressed to make an argument that Tulsa of 2010 is better than Temple of 2015.

Nov. 21, 2009: UConn 33, Notre Dame 30

A Randy Edsall-coached Connecticut team that would finish 8-5 walked into South Bend and came away with a 33-30 win. That was the worst of all the ND teams with a 6-6 record.

Updated depth chart

Updated depth chart


11 thoughts on “5 Examples That It Can Be Done

  1. Temple certainly has a shot, any team does on a given Saturday, I can tell you this: the 4 upset losses under Kelly in 2014, 2013, 2011, and 2010 were due largely to one big factor: turnovers. Injuries were also a factor , as the defense was heavily decimated in 2013 and 2014 when they faced Pitt and Northwestern. Against Tulsa in 2010 we had to throw a true freshman backup QB in to finish that game. Overall the turnovers probably hurt the most though, so if the Irish don’t take care of the football there is an absolutely good chance Temple could pull the upset.

  2. Penn State fan stopping by to wish Temple all the best tonight. You’re right, it can be done. Especially with that stellar defense the Owls have. Enjoy the spotlight. The team, fans, and university deserve it.

  3. Show me one real ND fan who has said there’s no chance. In fact, the media has been WAY more quick to say there’s no chance for a Temple win (see: Danny Kanell).
    As for your examples the prior commenter is absolutely correct and it could be said for 90% of upsets like this would be. Turnovers. Temple isn’t going to come out and lay the hammer to ND. They need to play really well and create turnovers and hit in some big plays on both sides of the ball. If hat happens an upset can happen. But please don’t suggest that ND fans are suggesting there’s zero chance, that’s in no way a fair assessment (and is factually inaccurate) of any posts by ND fans, including myself, on your site.

    All that said, if and shows up they’re going to lay he wood to Temple. This isn’t 2010 or 2014.

  4. “Great moments, are born from great opportunity….” I am so proud of our players and of this team. One game at a time; one play at a time. May we rise from this battle victorious.

  5. As an objective Temple fan, i think ND will win this game. However, Temple can win it. Those are 2 completely different statements.

    To me, it doesn’t matter what ND fans or Temple fans say. We will know the outcome by 11:30. The fact that we can even have this debate is amazing! Nobody would have predicted this after last season. Go Owls!

  6. “Great moments, are born from great opportunity….” I am so proud of our players and this team. One game at a time; one play at a time. May we rise from this battle victorious.

  7. Temple has too play a mistake free game. the defense will keep them in the game but PJ and the offense has to have the best game of their season.

    Temple 38
    Norte Dame 28

  8. You know, this might not be the best time or spot to post this, but many have bashed Harry D and Boo-boo for the broadcast. I have listened to EVERY game on the radio this year and have completely enjoyed them.

    Yeah Harry f’s up quite a bit, but boy is he a great fan of the team. I know thst most prefer an objective call, but his absolute thrill when Temple does something right is just great!

    The 97.5 broadcasts have been fantastic in my opinion.

    • I”m in the stands and I don’t bring a radio like I used to. So happy that the days of me listening on the radio are over. “That’s a Temple touchdown. No! Check that. He dropped it.”

  9. ND may be better than most think and same goes for Owls. Focus on SMU, then USF, then …. the championship game on the first Saturday of December will be like a bowl game but much cheaper to attend! Can’t wait!

  10. Very proud of this team. Tough loss against a good opponent. They never quit and had the Irish and their fans nervous. Let’s turn the page and move on to SMU. Our goal is to win out and win an AAC title.

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