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Miami has won all 11 Big East games against Temple including a 44-21 victory last year. In that game Miami passed for 365 yards to Temple's 101 yards. Kevin Beard led Miami's receivers with six catches. Last week Miami defeated Florida State 22-14 in Tallahassee. Jarrett Payton finished with 97 yards rushing in his first career start and scored a touchdown on a pass from Brock Berlin.

Temple Owls (1-5, 0-1) vs. #2 Miami Hurricanes (6-0, 2-0)
Orange Bowl – Miami, Florida
October 18 – 12:00 PM Eastern on ESPN Regional

Temple struggled last week against Boston College losing 38-13. It was a step back for a program that is trying to make steps forward. The Owls gave up 648 yards of total offense including 298 yards on the ground giving up over seven yards per rush.

Temple Owls - Notes and Quotes

Last weekend Boston College spoiled Temple's homecoming game winning 38-13. The Owls gave up over 600 yards on defense and managed just 277 yards in total offense.

"It was a very disappointing game last weekend," head coach Bobby Wallace said. "For some reason we came out and did not play well in all facets of the game. As the coach I will take the blame for that, but I don't understand it. I thought we had better practices than that throughout the week. At the same time, give Boston College a lot of credit. They played extremely well."

Coach Wallace knows that the Boston College game is over and will be facing an impressive University of Miami squad.

"We have to turn around and go play at Miami," Wallace said. "We have to pick ourselves up a bit. Miami is a group of just unbelievable athletes. Everywhere on the field they have speed. A third of their touchdowns come on the kicking game and defense. It is going to be a big challenge for us. We have to get ready and play the best we can."

Last year Miami defeated Temple 44-21 and the game was not decided until the fourth quarter. Miami led just 24-14 at halftime and a crucial fumble to start the third quarter ignited the Hurricanes.

"I think each team is different but we have played well against Miami the past two years especially on defense," Wallace said. "But we lost a lot of defensive players and we gave up 600 yards last week to Boston College which we have kind of built a defensive tradition. We are playing with a lot of young people and a lot of people are banged up. The bottom line is I think our players believe they can play. We have played with everyone we have played this year except against Boston College. Its not like we don't think we can play with them. We are going to go down there and play the best that we can. They are a great football team. Our kids will be excited about playing."

Temple plays their home games at brand new Lincoln Financial Field sharing the stadium with the Philadelphia Eagles. On September 6, Temple hosted Villanova for the stadium's first regular season football game. It is a very impressive stadium and has helped Temple with recruiting.

"It is probably the nicest football stadium in the world," Wallace said. "It's a 500 million dollar stadium. I haven't been in all of the other stadiums, but the teams that come in to play will be playing in one of the best stadiums in the country. I think it is a huge plus. It has helped our attendance. We had 30,000 in the first game and 20,000 this past weekend and that is a 25,000 average. Now that is not where we want to be but we have to remember that seven or eight years ago Temple was looked down upon in the Big East because of our attendance averages when we would average 5,000 people per game. Now we are averaging 25,000. I don't know if we are going to be able to maintain that. Us winning games has something to do with it too. The revenue that we had in the first game was more than the seven home games from last year. That gives an example of the progress we are making in those areas."

Miami Hurricanes - Notes and Quotes

Head coach Larry Coker has a lot of respect for Temple and the job the coaching staff is doing. Coker also has empathy for the Temple program and the direction they will be going after making large strides to improve their football program.

"We have great respect for Bobby Wallace and his staff in the job they do at Temple," Coker said. "They have good facilities and a new stadium. They have a lot of positive things going on at Temple. I think the thing you notice with temple is that it is always a tough game. We are back in the Big East conference and back at home."

Going up against Temple does not present the same type of motivation for the players like going up against Florida State. Miami has struggled this year at times in taking care of opponents with less talent on the field.

"You really don't like that as a coach," Coker said. "You would like to play the same way every Saturday. Again, that is a difficult thing to do. It's hard to address. I wish I had the secret to that. It's frustrating for a coach to not play well one week then come out and play well against a top-five team. Somehow we have to realize that in order to be a good football team we have to turn that level up every week we play. You hear a lot of things how good an opponent is. You can hear how good Florida State is and get up for that game. Also, you can hear how a team is struggling and talk yourself down a level. I really think you should play at a high-level every week. I am not saying that it should be a Florida State frenzy each week but you should be sufficient every week."

The weather on Wednesday was cooler than the normal south Florida heat. There were some things that impressed coach Coker.

"This is a lot like Philadelphia," Coker said. "We were hoping for hot weather but we didn't get it. We did a nice job out there. I was very pleased with the receivers and quarterbacks today. They did a job of passing and catching the football. We did a lot of work on recognition, sets, and routes. They run a lot of sets with a lot of receivers. We have to make sure we are lined up and ready to go. This will be a real test with the rhythm of the game."

Temple runs a spread offense and they like to keep the ball in the air. Stopping the Temple run game will be a key for Miami much like it was last week against Florida State.

"They run a no-huddle offense and run their plays fast," Coker said. "They try and run their plays every 13 to 15 seconds. Their offense is much like West Virginia."

The team is not overlooking Temple after the big win against Florida State.

"You have to personally strive to play your best game every game," offensive lineman Eric Winston said. "This is even more of a chance to play well. If you are hyped at winning this game you could really put a good performance together. This is even more of a reason to play a good game."

Miami Hurricanes – Projected Starters

QB Brock Berlin Junior
TB Jarrett Payton Senior
FB Quadtrine Hill Sophomore
TE Kellen Winslow Junior
WR Kevin Beard Senior
WR Ryan Moore Freshman
LT Eric Winston Sophomore
LG Vernon Carey Senior
C Joel Rodriguez Junior
RG Chris Myers Junior
RT Carlos Joseph Senior

LE Baraka Atkins Freshman
LT Orien Harris Sophomore
RT Vince Wilfork Junior
RE Thomas Carroll Sophomore
WLB D.J. Williams Senior
MLB Jonathan Vilma Senior
SLB Darrell McClover Senior
CB Antrel Rolle Junior
CB Alfonso Marshall Senior
FS Maurice Sikes Senior
SS Greg Threat Sophomore

Hurricane Injury Status

OG Joe McGrath (Leg) Probable
WR Devin Hester (Ankle) Probable
DE Alton Wright (Ankle) Probable
FS Maurice Sikes (Knee) Probable
DE Bryan Pata (Ankle) Doubtful
WR Roscoe Parrish (Chest) Out
FS Sean Taylor (Shoulder) Out
FB Talib Humphrey (Achilles) Out
FB Jon Beason (Shoulder) Out
TB Frank Gore (Knee) Out

Team Leaders


Passing – Brock Berlin (1417 yards 61% 7 TD 10 Int)
Rushing – Frank Gore (468 yards 5.3 avg 4 TD)
Receiving – Kellen Winslow (32 rec 348 yards 1 TD) Ryan Moore (20 rec 271 yards 2 TD)
Defense – Sean Taylor (42 tackles 6 Int) Jonathan Vilma (47 tackles) Baraka Atkins (5 sacks)
Kicking – Jon Peattie (13-15 FG 19-19 XP)


Passing – Mike McGann (1330 yards 54% 5 TD 4 Int)
Rushing – Makonnen Fenton (285 yards 4.5 avg 2 TD)
Receiving – Zamir Cobb (44 rec 577 yards 3 TD) Phil Goodman (28 rec 407 yards 4 TD)
Defense – Rian Wallace (74 tackles) Donnie Coleman (2 Int) Anthony Nembhard (3 sacks)
Kicking – Jared Davis (7-16 FG 11-13 XP)

Notable Team Statistics

Temple – 1st in Big East Pass Offense (274.17)
Miami – 1st in Big East Pass Defense (186.67)

Temple – 7th in Big East Rush Defense (188.67)
Miami – 5th in Big East Rush Offense (147.33)

Two Key Match-ups To Watch

When Temple has the ball…
LT John Gross vs. DE Thomas Carroll

Gross, a junior has played in 12 career games for the Owls including six this year. It will be up to Gross to provide solid pass protection for the quarterback. Gross weights just 285 pounds, which is smaller than what Carroll is used to going up against. Carroll had a monster game last week against Florida State registering two sacks and recovering two fumbles. If Gross struggles containing Carroll, the Temple offense could be in for a long day.

When Miami has the ball…
WR Kevin Beard vs. OS Lawrence Wade

Beard is enjoying a solid senior season but he has been quiet the last three weeks. He was not happy with the receivers' performance last weekend. Beard is the leader of the wide receivers and needs a breakout game in terms of catches and yards. Wade will be the man most responsible for Beard. This is his first year as a defensive back after spending the last three years as a running back. Wade has been one of Temple's defensive standouts earning defensive MVP for two of their games.

Keep Your Eye On

Temple WR Zamir Cobb – Not much went right for the Owls last week, but one of the lone bright spots is that Cobb became Temple's all-time career reception leader. Cobb currently has 135 career receptions.

Miami QB Brock Berlin – Berlin feels like he is getting better and better each week but has thrown for just seven touchdowns and 10 interceptions in the first half of the season. This game against Temple is a good opportunity for Berlin to get the second half of the season on the right foot.

Coach Larry Coker's Final Word

On beating the opponents that you should beat and avoiding the upset,

"If you have better players you should win those games. I think we have avoided some of the pitfalls."

Player Quote of the Week

Offensive lineman Eric Winston on going up against a lower-tier football team,

"We have to respect every team. They have scholarships too. Those guys can play. Just because they are Temple doesn't mean they don't have good players."

Christopher Stock is a Staff Columnist for CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at stock@grassy.com

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