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Temple defensive breakdown

By mrasor Published: October 12, 2007

The theme -- The Owls play a 4-3 defense with dual personalities. There's the one that kept Navy, UConn and Northern Illinois to respectable totals. Notice also the one that Bowling Green, Buffalo and Army abused for a total of 127 points. The team's stats are pretty skewed. Temple leads the MAC by giving up only 188.1 passing yards per game, but the Owls have played mostly running teams (UConn, Buffalo, Army, NIU, Navy). That said, the Owls' so-so stats against the run are better than they look. Temple particularly digs in its heels on third down, with opponents moving the chains only 35.1 percent of the time. This is a young team. I mean really young. Three juniors start, the rest are freshmen and sophomores.
Key players -- Defensive tackle Terrence Knighton seems to make the biggest plays. He has recovered three fumbles, including one he returned for a touchdown last week to defeat NIU. Defensive back Dominique Harris leads the team with 49 tackles.
How Akron can score -- The Owls will be pretty good in a few years. For now, Akron should be able to impose its will and play its own game, regardless of the Owl defense's strengths or weaknesses.

    J.D. Brookhart told the ABJ he empathizes with WMU's Bill Cubit, who received an apology from the MAC. He rebuts that by saying he often sends in plays for review, too. It's nothing out of the ordinary. I don't want to be too hard on Cubit, because I know how Zips fans felt after Penno's Prayer destroyed the basketball team's postseason on a questionable call.
    The over-under on the Temple game is 49.
    I attended a pep rally last night at the Student Union. It is Homecoming weekend, after all. Conspicuously absent was Brookhart, but it's probably for the best, considering the only attendees were an assortment of about 40 sorority and fraternity members. I was there because my silly roommate is running for Homecoming King. Yes, Warren Schroeder, you're a doofus. ( Edit: I retract the doofus statement given the fact that Mr. Schroeder possesses the ability to pummel me.)


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