TEMPLE 34, UB 0
Why Temple Won: This is a program with an identity. Give big-time credit to Temple
first-year coach Steve Addazio. the former Florida offensive coordinator looked at what he
inherited from Al Golden and resisted any urge to tamper and put his own distinct stamp on
things. UB tried to combat Temple ground attack by stacking box, but Bernard Pierce confounded
that strategy by breaking plays outside.
Turning Point: UB's defensive game plan was to force Temple QB Chester Stewart into passing
situations. They had him in a third-and-8 from midfield on Temple's opening drive. And he
promptly hit Rod Streater for an 18-yard gain that said, We're not as one-dimensional as
everybody thinks we are.‘ That set the tone.
Player of the Game: It should come down to either Pierce or Toledo standout receiver Eric
Page for MAC Offensive Player of the Year. Tough call. UB doesn't face Toledo, so it might be
hard to convince Bulls there's a greater impact player than Pierce, who went for 154 on 23
with only three second-half carries.
Stat of the Game: Stewart was 4 of 4 passing on Temple's opening drive with a pair of
third-down completions. Conversely, UB's Chazz Anderson completed nine passes … for the game.
Stat of the Game II: Temple was 8 of 18 on third-down conversions, UB 2 of 13.
They Said It: It's completely disappointing and embarrassing,‘ Bulls head coach Jeff
In the House: Very nice crowd in the lower bowl at Lincoln Financial Field and 25,820
Up Next: UB plays its second MAC crossover when Northern Illinois bring its high-powered
offense to UB Stadium at noon Saturday.
-- Bob DiCesare
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