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Temple upsets turnover-prone Vanderbilt 37-7 to spoil Derek Mason's head coaching debut

  • Vanderbilt quarterback Patton Robinette, right, hands off the ball to running back Ralph Webb (26) in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game against Temple on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brian Powers)

    Vanderbilt quarterback Patton Robinette, right, hands off the ball to running back Ralph Webb (26) in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game against Temple on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brian Powers)  (The Associated Press)

  • Vanderbilt's Oren Burks celebrates after recovering a fumbled Temple snap in the end zone in the second quarter of an NCAA college football game Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brian Powers)

    Vanderbilt's Oren Burks celebrates after recovering a fumbled Temple snap in the end zone in the second quarter of an NCAA college football game Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brian Powers)  (The Associated Press)

P.J. Walker threw two touchdown passes and ran for a third score as Temple forced seven turnovers to upset Vanderbilt 37-7 in a game that ended Friday at 1:14 a.m. Central time.

Temple beat a Southeastern Conference team for the first time since a victory over Florida in 1938. The Owls spoiled the head coaching debut of Vanderbilt's Derek Mason, hired after James Franklin left for Penn State.

Temple had 13 takeaways all of last season while going 2-10, but the Owls continually forced Vanderbilt into mistakes.

That included a game-changing play in the final minute of the first half. Vanderbilt trailed 14-7 when Avery Ellis sacked Stephen Rivers and forced a fumble that Averee Robinson returned 73 yards for a Temple touchdown.

The game started after a lightning delay that lasted over 90 minutes.