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The Temple Owls are the athletic teams that represent Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The owl has been the symbol and mascot for Temple University since its founding in the 1880s. Temple was the first school in the United States to adopt the owl as its symbol or mascot. The owl, a nocturnal hunter, was initially adopted as a symbol because Temple University began as a night school for young people of limited means. Russell Conwell, Temple's founder, encouraged these students with the remark: "The owl of the night makes the eagle of the day."

Temple Owls college football
First Season
1894
Team History
Temple Owls (1894-present)
Conference
American Athletic Conference (2013-present)
Big East Conference (1991-2004, 2012)
Mid-American Conference (2007-11)
Middle Atlantic Conference (1958-69)
Independent (1894-1959, 1970-90, 2005-06)
Venue
Lincoln Financial Field (2003-present)
Veterans Stadium (1978-2002)
Franklin Field (alternate, 1978-2002)
Temple Stadium (1928–1977)
Vernon Park
Key People
Players • Coaches

Football

Programs by season

1930s

Season/Date Opponent Venue
1930
October 18 vs. Washington & Jefferson Temple Stadium
1931
October 2 vs. Albright Temple Stadium
1934
January 1, 1935 vs. Tulane Tulane Stadium
1936
October 2 vs. Ole Miss Temple Stadium
November 14 vs. Villanova Temple Stadium
1938
September 24 vs. Albright Temple Stadium
October 1 vs. Pittsburgh Temple Stadium
1939
November 18 vs. Villanova Temple Stadium

1940s

Season/Date Opponent Venue
1940
November 9 vs. Villanova Temple Stadium
1948
October 9 at Rutgers Rutgers Stadium
1949
October 29 at Michigan State Macklin Stadium
November 5 at Boston University Fenway Park

1950s

Season/Date Opponent Venue
1950
October 14 at Rutgers Rutgers Stadium
1952
September 20 at Penn State Beaver Field
1954
October 23 at Brown Brown Stadium

1960s

Season/Date Opponent Venue
1964
September 26 vs. Kings Point Temple Stadium
1967
October 21 at Dayton Baujan Field
November 4 at Bucknell Memorial Stadium

1970s

Season/Date Opponent Venue
1971
October 9 at Connecticut Memorial Stadium
1972
October 28 vs. Delaware Temple Stadium
November 11 vs. Rhode Island Temple Stadium
1974
September 28 vs. Boston College Veterans Stadium
October 26 vs. Delaware Veterans Stadium
1975
September 20 vs. Boston College Veterans Stadium
October 4 vs. Cincinnati Veterans Stadium
October 11 vs. Pittsburgh Veterans Stadium
October 18 at Akron Rubber Bowl
1976
September 25 at Pittsburgh Pitt Stadium
October 30 vs. Penn State Veterans Stadium
1977
September 24 vs. Pittsburgh Veterans Stadium
November 5 vs. Rutgers Veterans Stadium
November 12 at Penn State Beaver Stadium
1978
November 11 at Rutgers Rutgers Stadium
November 25 vs. Villanova Veterans Stadium
1979
September 29 vs. Pittsburgh Veterans Stadium
November 17 at Penn State Beaver Stadium
December 15 vs. California Giants Stadium

1980s

Season/Date Opponent Venue
1980
September 27 at Pittsburgh Pitt Stadium
November 15 vs. Penn State Veterans Stadium
1982
September 4 at Penn State Beaver Stadium
1983
September 2 vs. Syracuse Franklin Field
1984
September 15 at Rutgers Rutgers Stadium
September 29 at Florida State Doak Campbell Stadium
1985
September 21 vs. BYU Veterans Stadium
1986
September 6 vs. Temple Beaver Stadium
1987
September 19 at Pittsburgh Pitt Stadium
October 3 at Penn State Beaver Stadium
November 7 at East Carolina Ficklen Memorial Stadium
1989
November 18 vs. Rutgers Veterans Stadium

1990s

Season/Date Opponent Venue
1995
October 7 at Syracuse Carrier Dome

2000s

Season/Date Opponent Venue
2002
September 21 at South Carolina Williams-Brice Stadium
2003
August 30 at Penn State Beaver Stadium
2009
December 29 vs. UCLA RFK Stadium

2010s

Season/Date Opponent Venue
2016
December 27 vs. Wake Forest Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium

Media guides and yearbooks

All media guides

1970s 1975 • 1979
1980s 1984
1990s 1991
2010s 2019
2020s 2020

Men's Basketball

Temple Owls men's college basketball
First Season
1894-95
Team History
Temple Owls (1894-present)
Conference
American Athletic Conference (2013-present)
Atlantic 10 Conference (1982-2013)
East Coast Conference (1974-82)
Middle Atlantic Conference (1958-74)
Independent (1894-1932, 1939-58)
Eastern Intercollegiate Conference (1932-39)
Venue
Liacouras Center (1997-present)
McGonigle Hall (1969-97)
Palestra (1955-84)
Philadelphia Convention Hall (1938-55)
South Hall
Mitten Hall
Key People
Players • Coaches

Programs by season

1930s

Season/Date Opponent Venue
1938-39
December 29, 1938 vs. Minnesota Philadelphia Convention Hall
American Athletic Conference
Full members (all sports) Cincinnati Bearcats • East Carolina Pirates • Houston Cougars • Memphis Tigers • SMU Mustangs • South Florida Bulls • Temple Owls • Tulane Green Wave • Tulsa Golden Hurricane • UCF Knights
Football-only members Navy Midshipmen
Basketball Venues FedExForum
Football Venues Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium • Lincoln Financial Field • Nippert Stadium • Raymond James Stadium • Yulman Stadium
FBS Conferences American Athletic Conference • Atlantic Coast Conference • Big 12 Conference • Big Ten Conference • Conference USA • Mid-American Conference • Mountain West Conference • Pac-12 Conference • Southeastern Conference • Sun Belt Conference
FCS Conferences Big Sky Conference • Big South Conference • Colonial Athletic Association • Ivy League • Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference • Missouri Valley Football Conference • Northeast Conference • Ohio Valley Conference • Patriot League • Pioneer Football League • Southern Conference • Southland Conference • Southwestern Athletic Conference
Other Conferences Big East Conference • West Coast Conference