DALLAS - Brendan McGowan started several games in 2013 and almost every game in 2014 at offensive guard for the Temple football squad. This year, however, he was moved to center as Kyle Friend's backup. Yeah, that Kyle Friend -- the one who barely ever missed a snap, much less a game -- since arriving on North Broad Street in 2012.
But when Friend went down with an apparent knee injury in the Owls' 24-20 loss to Notre Dame, McGowan's number was called to start at center against SMU. And on the Owls' second play from scrimmage, tailback Jager Gardner blew through a hole right up the middle and ran for a 94-yard touchdown, the longest run in school history. Not a bad start for McGowan, the former, present, and likely future starter.
Watch McGowan's postgame interview here.