Bits and Bytes - Temple

Some tidbits of Temple to fill you up around the edges of yesterday's big Thanksgiving dinner.






BlueGoldNews.com Game Scorecard
Series: WVU leads 22-12
When: 11/29, 1:00
Where: Morgantown
Mountaineer Field
Record: 7-4
Rank: 37
Last Week: SU
Returning Starters: 12
Defense: 8
Offense: 4
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Record: 1-10
Rank: 122
Last Week: Pitt
Returning Starters: 10
Defense: 4
Offense: 6
Rosters/ Bios
Press Release
Season Stats
2003 Schedule
First Meeting: 1932
Last Meeting: 2002
Rosters/ Bios
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Season Stats
2003 Schedule

HEADING FOR HOME

There are numberous reason's for Temple's miserable football performance in recent years, but none may be so more telling than this one. Before this year, the last time the Owls played all of its home games at the same site was in 1991. That sort of instability hurts a program in a number of ways. Of course, just as they got that settled, the Owls are now looking at an immediate future without a conference, which could be an even more difficult obstacle to overcome.

THIS IS A RECORDING

Has there been a season recently when so many different WVU records have been threatened? Brian King (career pass breakups) and Grant Wiley (career tackles for loss) have already established new Mountaineer standards, but there are several more records on the verge of toppling.

If King can deflect one more toss againast Temple, he'll own the single season pass break up record. He and Aaron Beasley are currently tied with 18. Likewise, the first time Grant Wiley makes an unassisted tackle against the Owls, he'll take possession of the career unassisted tackles mark. He and Dennis Fowlkes share the mark at 286. Wiley is also 16 stops short of tying Darryl Talley's career total record of 484, but will have to have his usual monster game in order to challenge it this week.

Chris Henry also has a chance to get two season records. He is currently averaging 26.8 yards per catch, which is second only to Rich Hollins' mark of 27.2, but he'll need at least one lengthy catch (let's say about 60-70 yards) to challenge that mark. Henry is also two touchdowns shy of Reggie Rembert's 11 scoring catches.

And finally, Adam Jones needs just 44 yards of kickoff returns to break Shawn Terry's mark of 836 yards, achieved during the 2000 season.

OWL ATTACK

One item that has Mountaineer coaches a bit concerned is the uncertainty of what Temple will do on offense. Although Walter Washington's running exploits have been well-chronicled, his passing is not bad either. And the Owls are the only team in Big East conference history to have three players over 100 yards receiving in the same game. Zamir Cobb (9-120-1TD), Phil Goodman (8-129) and Terrence Stubbs (6-123) all topped that mark against Cincinnati earlier this year.

West Virginia will, of course, look to stop the run first, but they will not be able to ignore the Owls' passing game by any means.

ANOTHER .500?

This .500 mark thing is getting scary. It seems like every week, there's some record or stat that's at the .500 mark. This week? WVU's record in the final game of the season. You guessed it - West Virginia is 54-54-2 all-time in the last game of the regular season.

FIGHTING SPIRIT

Temple freshman defensive end Josh Cobb is the son of former heavweight fighter Randall "Tex" Cobb. If nothing else, you can bet that young Josh is a scrapper.


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