On yet another hot and humid September afternoon, FCS, CAA Conference, Stony Brook Seawolves (1-0) traveled down from the North Shore of Long Island, New York to face the ACC Temple Owls (0-1). The Owls were looking to bounce back from their opening day loss to the Army West Point Black Knights 28-13 on 09/02.
The Owls certainly did that in strong fashion with a 38- 0 shutout of the Seawolves. Even with nine former FBS players on the Stony Brook roster, the difference in talent became obvious early as Temple scored 14 points in the 1st qtr alone on the way to a totally dominant 1st half by Temple, allowing Stony Brook only one 1st down and 34 total yds – 15 passing, 19 rushing. That lone 1st down came on the Seawolves first possession.
Temple started the scoring on the fifth play of their second drive going four plays 51 yds, 1:12 time of possesion. A highlight of the drive was when Derrek Thomas received an end around pitch for 36 yards, and a late hit penalty gave them 1st and goal from the 7. Two plays later Ryquell Armstead took it 3 yds to make it 7-0 Temple w/ 8:54 left in the 1st qtr. Temple also took their next possession eight plays 59 yards 4:27, ending w/ a TD pass by Phillip Walker to Keith Kirkwood to make it 14-0 Owls with still 2:19 left in the 1st Qtr. After Temple recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff and failed to score from the 16, Stony Brook’s QB Joe Carbone was intercepted by Sean Chandler. Temple then took it two plays, 21 yds, :36 ending with a 4 yd run by Jager Gardner to increase the lead to 21-0, with 14:16 left in the half. Their last score of the half came with 9:02 on the clock, as Brodrick Yancy caught a 15 yard Walker pass in the corner of the end zone, capping off a five play, 40 yds, 2:37 drive, to make it 28-0 Temple.
The 2nd half started much like the 1st with Temple stopping Stony Brook – though they did give up 2 1st downs – and Chandler returned the punt 48 yds to the 40. The offense then rattled off a five play, 40 yd, 2:20 drive, culminating in a TD pass of 26 yds from Walker to Kirkwood to make it 35-0. After the second int. of Carbone, the Owls went seven plays, 18 yards, 2:45 to give Austin Jones a chance to add 3 more points to his now 6th place Temple all time figure – 38-0 Owls with 4:41 left in the 3rd pd. In the 4th qtr Stony Brook had their best opportunity to score after Temple turned it over on downs at the Seawolves 45, but they could only go 9 plays, 37 yds, 4:19, before returning the favor with 10:35 left in regulation.
Stony Brook was never able to get on the scoreboard so at the final whistle, an announced crowd of 22,296 saw their Temple Owls somewhat erase the memory of last week’s loss with this 38-0 shut out.
The Owls wound up with 301 total yads on 64 plays – 124 passing and 177 rushing – with Phillip Walker going 11 for 23, 124 yds, 3 TDs, 1 Int. His leading receiver was Kirkwood – 4 for 54 yds and 2 TD’s, but he also hit three other guys. The rushing attack was led by Armstead – 14 rushes for 54 yds and the only rushing TD for Temple. Like the passing game three others also carried the ball as Temple Coach Matt Rhule purposely spread it around because of the warm conditions Overall in post game he commented that he “Put them all in and played them…rotated a lot w the heat”.
Very Special: Temple’s punting unit was not called on much (4 – 190 yds, 47.5 avg, 54 longest, two inside the 20) but they were still a standout in this game as Alex Starzyk‘s 53 yd punt pinned Stony Brook at their own 1 yd line after their first possession of the game, then late in 1st half a 43 yd punt put them at the 3, both on good plays by the coverage team. One of Coach Ruhle’s 1st comments in the post game press conference was about this saying that Starzyk was the “mvp with punts pinning them deep early”.
First Timers: Redshirt SO Brodrick Yancy had his 1st career TD pass on the last score of the 1st half. Early in the 2nd half SO DB Delvon Randall got his 1st career int. In reply to my question about those two firsts. “I had not realized that, but it was great… especially for Delvon who was hurt most of last year to get his 1st” He went on to say about Yancy’s TD “It was not an easy one either as he had to make an out cut to get open and make the catch.”
Next Ups: Temple (1-1) travels to Happy Valley next Saturday to play the Penn State Nittany Lions (1-1) who lost after a valiant comeback attempt at Pittsburgh 42-39. That loss and the memory of last years trouncing by the Owls will certainly give the Nitts a lot of motivation. My preview will appear here on Thursday night.
Once again I must thank Temple Football and Rich Burg, Asst. AD Football Communications, for the opportunity afforded to us here at PattisonAve.com, and allowing me to tick off a bucket list item of sitting in the Linc press box for this game, and hopefully for more games to come.