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Posted on: November 10, 2009 11:28 am
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Temple-Miami(OH) Recap

Temple notched their 7th overall win which was also their 7th consecutive victory Thursday evening in front of roughly 13,000 at Lincoln Financial Field against the Red Hawks of Miami (OH). Lets take a quick look at the game from all three facets:

Offense: The team didn't have the type of rhythm which they experienced in the Toledo game. The rushing attack featuring Benard Pierce remains the bread and butter of this squad but this week Chester Stewart was chosen to be the starting quarterback. Stewart brings slightly more mobility to the offense and the abilty to improvise more as plays break down. Play calling though was extremely conservative with the insertion of Stewart into the lineup. Temple seemed content to run the ball two, three, or even four consecutive times leaving themselves in long 3rd down situations. If Chester Stewart is to start again, the play calling must be more aggressive to take advantage of teams putting 8-10 defenders in the box. Execution must also be improved when critical passing downs are required. A balanced attack is the best way to appraoch Akron, so the offense must get up and going immediately Friday evening.

Defense: What you can take away from this matchup is that our ability to stop the spread offense must be improved or we risk losing games to teams like Kent State or Ohio come the end of the season. Teams who give up 400+yds. passing to an underclassmen quarterback will not continue to exhibit a high level of success if future opponents are able to gameplan to our continual weak point. This week's matchup will test the ability of the front 7 to create pressure and fill gaps, while the secondary develops tighter coverage.

Special Teams: Seemed to be the one consistent area of the game including the immense talent in the return game. The punt and kick coverage was acceptable. The kicking game was good and continues to be good behind the freshman Brandon McManus.


Bottomline: Akron is not the most talented squad but, they did manage to score 28 points on a Kent State squad and cannot be taken for granted. With solid execution is the running and passing game Temple can have immense success on offense but the key to the matchup will be the ability of the secondary to improve their coverage.

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Posted on: September 12, 2008 3:12 pm
Edited on: September 30, 2008 12:24 pm
 

Thoughts from Temple_-UConn

I question once again how much can be taken from the Temple-UConn game in Philadelphia but here is my best impression of how the game broke down.

Offense: The team didn't have the type of flow which they experienced in the Army game. The hurry-up offense which was used in Week 1 was almost completely abandoned partially due to the weather. That aside, running the ball with the tailbacks and not the QB will be necessary to keep defenses honest. Execution must also be improved, example we'll use is the 40yd. pass to Travis Shelton near the end of quarter 3 may have been enough to seal the game had it not been dropped. The weather was not perfect, but the drops turned into interceptions must be corrected.

A balanced attack is the best way to attack Buffalo, so the offense must get up and going immediately Saturday.

Defense: Again, tough to gauge progress when you play in such awful conditions, but what you can take away is that our ability to stop the run must be improved or we risk losing plenty of games. Teams who give up 214yds. rushing to a single tailback don't win at a high percentage. This week's matchup will test the ability of the front 7 to create pressure and fill gaps, while the secondary holds tight coverage.

Special Teams: Seemed to be the one consistent area of the game considering the weather conditions. The punt and kick coverage was acceptable and the return efforts were okay but the lack of fair catch calls in the weather bothered me. The kicking game was great, considering we were in the middle of a tropical storm.


Bottomline: UConn is a much better team than Army was, yet Temple played competitively but also showed some weaknesses that Buffalo will surely try to exploit. Temple is more than capable of winning in week 3, provided they manage to slow down a rushing attack that could be potent.
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Posted on: September 2, 2008 3:54 pm
Edited on: September 30, 2008 12:24 pm
 

Thoughts from West Point, NY

I question how much can be taken from the Temple-Army game in West Point but here is my best impression of how the game broke down.

Offense: The team didn't log enough possession time to truly build the type of momentum needed to evaluate what type of deficiencies existed. The hurry-up offense was effective though, and I believe you will see it a number of times this year. It would have been nice to get the freshman RB's more touches.

Defense: Again, tough to gauge progress when you play against such a vanilla offensive gameplan such as Army's but what you can take away is that our speed with the front 7 and the secondary should be a huge asset. This week's matchup will test the ability of the front 7 to create pressure and secondary to hold coverage for an extended period.

Special Teams: Seemed to be the one shining area of the game. The punt and kick coverage was very good and with a TD return on a kickoff as well as a breakaway punt return the prospects of much improved special teams seems likely. The kicking game was yet untested, but we'll have to see how things progress on this front.


Bottomline: Army is a BAD team, so Temple must be prepared for a matchup this week with a much better program. With consistent defensive play and some good decisions on offense, Temple is more than capable of winning in week 2.
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