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.