Temple Owls use STRIVR to shut down high-flying Navy for AAC Title
You have 1 week to prepare for something you’ve never seen before. How do you do it?
Temple’s defense looked to their STRIVR for answers. What had mostly been used as a quarterback tool became a secret weapon for Temple linebackers and defensive backs in the lead up to the AAC Title game in 2016. Navy’s triple option is an intricate set of deception and misdirection, which led Navy to score over 60 points in two straight games heading into the conference title game. Instead of watching film from overhead like normal, four Temple defenders prepared for the option with virtual reality. The four players combined to watch 90 plays over 550 times in 5 days.
Temple held Navy to a mere 168 yards on the ground (almost 200 below their season average) and went on to win 34-10. Furthermore, the four players who had used STRVIR during the week combined for 27 tackles on defense. Temple won its first ever AAC Title and completed a 10-win season.