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Army was penalized 14 times for 100 yards in the Temple game. Through four games this year, the Black Knights have only 15.

And Ellerson’s option is purring. Army is averaging 275 yards rushing per game, has only three turnovers, and Steelman threw his first two touchdown passes of the season at Duke.

“The difference between this year and last year is the deception our offense presents,” Steelman said. “On every play we run, the ball is always hidden and a couple of players are moving in the backfield, trying to create problems and hide where the ball is going.”

The Owls are well aware.

“You can’t be careful in this game,” Temple offensive guard Wayne Tribue said. “They’re a good team. We have to play our best game.”

Notes: A win over Temple would improve Ellerson’s record at Army to 9-8 and be the best 17-game start for an Army coach since Tom Cahill posted a 14-3 mark in 1966-67 … This is the first time Army has been two games above .500 since finishing the 1996 season at 10-2 … The Temple defense has given up just one TD in each of past three games.