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Temple's Nate Hairston drafted by Colts in the 5th round

Temple's Nate Hairston drafted by Colts in the 5th round

The Colts selected Nate Hairston on Saturday with the 158th overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Hairston is the third Temple player to get selected in the draft. Haason Reddick was selected by the Cardinals with the 13th overall pick in the first round, while the Bills drafted Dion Dawkins with the 63rd overall pick in the second round.

"Nate is a long, physical corner," Temple head coach Geoff Collins said in a statement. "I'm excited about him. Having coached some very talented defensive backs in my career, I can see him playing great on Sunday's for the Colts."

With three Temple players being selected, it ties a school record for the number of players drafted in one year. It's happened six times before, including in 2016.

Temple might be able to break that record on Day 3 of the draft with running back Jahad Thomas and quarterback Phillip Walker still on the board. Hairston also becomes the 69th Temple player to be selected in the NFL.

Hairston started 13 games at cornerback last season for an Owls defense that was ranked No. 3 in the nation against the pass. He also recorded 25 tackles, two interceptions and three pass breakups in his senior year.

Hairston will join a Colts defense that ranked sixth worst in passing defense last season, allowing 262.5 passing yards per game. They also only had eight interceptions last season, which ranked tied for second worst in the NFL with the Bears and Jets.

Temple storms back in 2nd half to beat South Florida

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Temple storms back in 2nd half to beat South Florida


Isaiah Wright returned a punt 73 yards for a go-ahead touchdown and Chapelle Russell recovered a fumble in the end zone to cap a big second half as Temple rallied for a 27-17 victory over South Florida on Saturday.

The Owls (7-4, 6-1 American Athletic Conference) trailed 17-0 at halftime, but forced five second-half turnovers to aid their comeback.

Temple got on the scoreboard with its first possession of the third quarter when Ryquell Armstead capped a 10-play, 69-yard drive with a 1-yard TD run. The Owls recovered a fumble on the Bulls' ensuing possession and marched 43 yards before Will Mobley's 33-yard field goal pulled them within 17-10. Temple forced a punt and the Owls drove 61 yards in nine plays and used Mobley's 36-yard field goal to cut the deficit to 17-13. Temple forced a three-and-out and Wright returned the punt to put the Owls up 20-17. Russell capped the scoring for Temple when he recovered a fumble in the end zone after a strip-sack of Dana Levine by Blake Barnett.

Anthony Russo passed for 264 yards for the Owls, connecting with 11 different receivers.

Jordan Cronkrite ran for 87 yards and two first-half TDs for the Bulls (7-4, 3-4).

Temple jumps out to early lead and doesn't look back vs. Loyola (Md.)

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Temple jumps out to early lead and doesn't look back vs. Loyola (Md.)


Shizz Alston, Jr. made 4 of 7 from 3-point range and had 18 points and three blocks to help Temple beat Loyola (Md.) 81-67 on Friday night.

Quinton Rose added 16 points, six rebounds and six assists, Nate Pierre-Louis scored 16 and Ernest Aflakpui 10. The Owls (4-0) built a 16-0 lead in the first 3 minutes and mostly kept the lead in double digits the rest of the way.

Brent Holcombe had 17 points and 12 rebounds, and Andrew Kostecka added 14 points for Loyola.

The Greyhounds (1-3) had a 9-2 run to cut the deficit to 30-24 in the first half but that was as close as they would get. Temple pushed the lead back to 45-33 by halftime and kept their advantage between nine and 18 in the second half.

Temple committed just eight turnovers to Loyola's 22.