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Temple Back with a Vengance in Return to Big East Conference

Saturday October 6,2012 marked history for Temple Football.  The Temple Owls played their first game back in the Big East Conference since being Removed from the it back in 2004. Temple took on a South Florida Team that was coming off a loss to instate rival Florida State. This game was extra special for temple since it was their homecoming game. South Florida won the coin toss, but deferred until the second half, with Temple having the opening possession. On the opening drive for Temple, Temple went three and out, which included Temple QB Coyer Sacked by number 36 Sam Barrington.

On South Florida’s opening drive, they attempted a 52 yard field goal and the kick was no good, going wide left.  The score was 0-0 with 11:04 left 1st quarter. Temple scored the first points of the game when Temple QB Chris Coyer ran 24 yards for the touchdown. Temple led 6-0 with 8:38 left in first quarter. On the extra point, Temple Kicker Brandon McManus ended his streak of 59 consecutive extra points made with a miss. South Florida responded to Temple’s TD drive with one of their own when RB Lindsey Lamar caught a 24 yard catch to give South Florida a 7-6 lead with 3:34 left in the first quarter. The quarter ended with South Florida leading Temple 7-6.

Halfway through the second quarter, South Florida still led 7-6 with 12:21 left in first half. Late in the second quarter, South Florida fumbled the ball, and SF’s QB was sacked by Temple’s Tavon Young. Temple had the ball on South Florida’s ten yard line. Temple sent out their field goal unit for a 22 yard attempt by Brandon McManus, but the kick was no good.  South Florida still led 7-6 with 2:59 left in the second.  Temple got the ball back to end the 1st Half, attempting a 50 yard field Goal by Brandon McManus which was successful.  The Owls Led 9-7 going into the second half.

The second half started with South Florida having possession. They quickly scored a TD, coming from RB Lindsey Lamar on a 19 yard run. South Florida led 14-9 with 11:14 left in the third quarter. After South Florida kicked the ball off, a smile fight broke out which led to offsetting personal foul penalties. Temple Answered the TD by South Florida when RB Matt Brown ran the ball in for a 15 yard TD Run. Temple re-took the lead 16-14 with 6:23 left in the third quarter. On South Florida’s next drive, they fumbled the ball, and Temple’s Hershey Walton recovered the ball. Temple took advantage of the turnover when TE Cody Booth caught a nine yard touchdown. Temple padded their lead 23-14 with 5:05 left in the third quarter.  That was Cody Booth’s first career touchdown. South Florida answered again with a touchdown of their own by Demetris Murry for a 4 Yard TD Run, but Temple still led 23-21 with 1:19 left in the third quarter.

Temple RB Matt Brown was injured on a play midway through the fourth quarter, but they still managed to add another touchdown coming from Montel Harris’ three yard TD Run. It was Harris’ first touchdown as a Temple Owl. Temple led 30-21 with 7:29 left in the fourth quarter. South Florida made it interesting with a touchdown by QB B.J. Daniels, a one yard touchdown run. Temple still held onto their lead 30-28 with 5:19 left in the fourth quarter. South Florida had a fourth down and could not pick it up, but there was a roughing the passer penalty on Temple which moved the ball down to Temple’s 32 yard line.  A field goal attempt by South Florida to take the lead and win the game was blocked by Temple’s Marcus Green. After the blocked field goal, Temple RB Monte Harris scored an insurance touchdown from 35 Yards. Temple ends up beating South Florida 37-28 and is the team’s first Big East win since 2004.

Post game, Temple Coach, Steve Addazio said,  “It was an emotional win for Temple to be Back in Big East Conference,” and the blocked field goal was a big play in the game. Also Addazio said that, “this was an emotional win for me being at Temple.”  He also mentioned that the “Field goal by McManus to end the first half was huge for him.   Brandon is a big time player.”

Here is the interview that I did with Temple Kicker Brandon McManus:

Some Pictures from the game:

Temple on South Florida 17 yardline: