The Temple Owls have an all-time record of 1-6 in overtime periods. That one win came last night. After a CMU Ryan Radcliff interception, the Owls played conservatively. They ran it a few times setting up Brandon McManus for the game-winning 30 yard field-goal. For the 1st time since 1981, the Owls are 2-0.
The Chippewas may not have Dan LeFevour chucking it around anymore, but this Ryan Radcliff kid is the real deal. Against a very good Temple defense, Radcliff picked the Owls apart with precise, short and intermediate passes. To give credit to the offensive line, they did provide him with time to throw. He went 25/35 for 299 yards, but did thrown 2 interceptions. The only BIG mistake he made was the pick in overtime. When I did my preview I mentioned I’d rather play CMU now rather than later in the season. Radcliff was the main reason why. As he continues to progress and get more experience, that mistake may not be made in the future. In the heat of the moment, Radcliff tried to do too much.
Radcliff’s favorite target all night was Cody Wilson. He caught 7 balls for 153 yards. He did most of the work on a 70 yard reception where he eluded several Owl pursuers down the sideline. It set up Paris Cotton’s 1 yard touchdown run.
In only 10 carries, Bernard Pierce racked up 57 yards and a touchdown, 5.7 ypc. He was in cutback happy mode, consistently bouncing his runs to the edge to pick up yardage. The injury prone Pierce exited in the 3rdquarter due to an apparent hand injury. Hopefully it’s not too serious. Matt Brown had 18 carries for 58 yards, 3.0 ypc. I’m curious if Al Golden is still slowly bringing Pierce back slowly from concussions suffered before the regular season. Pierce normally sees 20+ carries a game.
Owl quarterback Chester Stewart showcased his nice touch on his deep ball on the 1stoffensive play from scrimmage for Temple. He connected with Rod Streater for a 56 yard gain. Stewart finished the game 16/22 for 151 yards. It’s only been 2 games, but he’s shown much improvement from last season. I wonder if it’s because he’s no longer in a quarterback controversy. Ex-quarterback Vaughn Charlton moved to tight end.
I profiled the Chippewas linebacking core in my preview, but unfortunately, MLB Nick Bellore missed the 2ndhalf due to a sprained ankle. OLB Matt Berning was everywhere all night. He recorded 10 tackles and a forced fumble. On the 1st play after an Owl fumble late in the 1sthalf, Berning timed a blitz perfectly and hit Chester Stewart hard, forcing the fumble.
Temple defensive tackle Muhammad Wilkerson had a very good game. He was consistently in CMU’s backfield.
As for the atmosphere, it’s nice to see that more and more students are starting to flock towards the Linc to attend the games. The Owls were rated as the 5thquietest fanbase in college football in an article written by the bleacher report. The University is doing a good job with promotions. They have billboards of Bernard Pierce’s “Hunt for the Heisman.” Local pizza shop City View Pizza was giving out free food during the game last night. Unfortunately, I’m currently on weight watchers and I’d already gulped down too many beers and skippy’s.
Temple (2-0) plays home to Uconn (1-0) next Saturday at noon.
About the Author
Written by Adrian Fedkiw
I currently work for the Sports Network. It's the best job ever! I am a 2010 graduate of Temple University where I majored in broadcast journalism, I LOVE SPORTS! That's why I am here. I have a vast knowledge and want to share my athletic intelligence with the world. Some people like to spend their time shooting down aliens in Halo; I like to spend my time watching sports, current and old. It's my passion! I got asked one time how I can watch a game over again when I already know the outcome. 5 minutes later, he's watching Happy Gilmore reciting all of the lines from the movie. Hypocrite! As for my favorite sports teams, I've been a lifelong Philadelphia sports fan. My favorite athlete is Allen Iverson. He didn't like practice that much, but when it came to gametime, no one let it all out on the floor like Iverson. He is absolutely beloved in the city of Brotherly Love. For college athletics, obviously I pay close attention to Temple. (Yes, football too) Even before I stepped foot on Temple's campus for the 1st time in 2005, I was a fan. Oh the good old days of John Chaney! Some other tidbits about myself, I love cheesesteaks, I hydrate myself with Welch's Grape Juice and Snapple. I love the HBO show Entourage. Also, when is Kenny Powers making his much anticipated return in Eastbound and Down!