WVU - Temple

The Mountaineers (7-1) and the Owls (1-7) enter Saturday on opposite ends of the spectrum. The Mountaineers are looking to go 4-0 in the conference, while the Owls hope to upset WVU one more time before exiting the Big East.

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Series: WVU 23-12
Sat 11/06, 1:00

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Record: 7-1
AP Rank: 15
Last Game: RU
Returning Starters: 16
Defense: 8
Offense: 8
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Record: 1-7
AP Rank: NR
Last Game: UConn
Returning Starters: 16
Defense: 9
Offense: 7
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First Meeting: 1932
Last Meeting: 2003
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Common Opponents to Date

WVU 19- Maryland 16 / TU 22 - Maryland 45
WVU 35 - Rutgers 30 / TU 6 - Rutgers 16
WVU 31 - UConn 19 / TU 31 - UConn 45


WVU - Erick Phillips (Knee) Out, Josh Bailey (Shoulder) Out, Antonio Lewis (Ankle) Doubtful, Adam Jones (Foot) Questionable.

Temple - Antwon Burton (Stomach) Out, Mike McGann (Leg) Doubtful, Tariq Sanders (Leg) Questionable.

Game Outlook:

WVU offense vs. Temple defense

The Owls will employ a 4-2-5 defensive set against the Mountaineers, which will pose an interesting obstacle for WVU's spread attack. The main advantages to the 4-2-5 defense are that it cuts off the inside and forces the offense to run outside, it can control adjustments with the secondary without changing or confusing the defensive front and it can confuse offensive blocking schemes by using easily changeable fronts. It will be interesting to see if the Mountaineer running attack will be able to find open lanes in the middle or if they are forced to the outside.

The most productive player for defensive coordinator Ray Monica has been linebacker Troy Bennett (6-2, 240). Bennett leads the team with 73 tackles and is first on the team with 8.5 tackles for a loss. The senior has also posted one interception, two pass breakups, three quarterback hurries and two recovered fumbles.

Joining Bennett at the other linebacking spot is Rian Wallace (6-4, 245). Wallace, who was named Second Team All-America by CollgeFootballNews.com, is Temple's most talented defender. The junior has racked up 69 stops this season and owns one of the teams six interceptions. Look for Bennett and Wallace to around WVU ball carriers frequently on Saturday.

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WVU 7-1, 3-0
TU 1-7, 0-3
Sat 11/06 1:00 pm
Mountaineer Field
Series: WVU leads 23-12
TV: None
BCS: WVU-16 TU-112
Line: WVU -28
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Manning the defensive end positions will be Mike Mendenhall (6-3, 250) and Rodney Wormley (6-4, 240). The pair has combined for 50 tackles, nine tackles for a loss and two sacks on the season.

Forming the interior of the Temple defensive front are Adam Fichter (6-3, 285) and A.J. Lindsay (6-3, 310). These hole-pluggers have posted 41 tackles and four tackles for a loss this season, and have been quite active for defenders tied down inside. Lindsay, a transfer from Joliet College, was a 2003 Junior College Grid-Wire Preseason Second Team All-American.

Starting at cornerback for the Owls will be Jermaine Hargraves (5-11, 175) and David Reese (5-11, 180). Hargraves, a transfer from the City College of San Francisco, help lead CCSF to a perfect 12-0 record and the 2003 California Community College Championship. The junior has 16 tackles and two interceptions in five games this season. Reese has posted 14 tackles and has four pass breakups.

Handling the safety responsibilities will be Sadeke Konte (6-1, 215), Durrel Davis (5-11, 185) and Lawrence Wade (6-0, 200). This trio has been very active in Temple's first eight games, racking up a combined 158 tackles. This unit has also posted nine tackles for a loss and three sacks on the season. Like WVU's spur and bandit, these defenders often crowd the line and provide additional run support.

By the numbers:
WVU is ranked 26th in total offense (420.88 yds/game), 5th in rushing offense (263.50 yds/game) and 102nd in passing offense (157.38 yds/game).

Temple is ranked 104th in total defense (440.88 yds/game), 84th in rushing defense (185.25 yds/game) and 111th in passing efficiency defense (152.25 rating).

Advantage: WVU

WVU defense vs. Temple offense

Under third year offensive coordinator Dave Brock, the Owl offense has been solid throughout the season. The Owls are averaging 376.75 yards and 20 points per contest. Guiding the Owl spread attack will be second-year starter Walter Washington (6-2, 240). Washington, an All-American candidate entering the season, has been a one-man show for Temple, leading the Owls in passing and rushing through the first eight games. The junior has completed 54.2% of his passes (136-251) for 1588 yards, and has tossed six touchdowns against four interceptions. The Dodge City Community College transfer has also gained 514 yards on the ground, an average of 64.2 per game. Look for Washington to tuck the ball and run at least 15-20 times against the Mountaineers.

When the quarterback isn't running the ball look for running backs Tim Brown (5-8, 185) and Umar Ferguson (6-0, 215) to get some touches. Both backs average just under five yards per carry and both have reached paydirt twice on the ground. Look for this tandem, especially Brown, to be a threat down field as a receiver. The 2003 JUCO All-American is the team's second leading receiver with 23 catches for 155 yards and one touchdown.

Other receiving targets for the Owls are Phill Goodman (6-3, 220), Jamel Harris (6-1, 186), Ikey Chuku (6-3, 196) and Buchie Ibeh (6-4, 215). Goodman is the team's leading receiver, taking over for the departed Zamir Cobb. The Sacramento Community College transfer has hauled in 34 passes for 439 yards and two touchdowns on the season. Harris, the A-back in the spread attack, has caught 13 passes for 182 yards, an average of 22.8 yards per game. Chuku, who has recovered from two knee surgeries, has posted 22 receptions for 352 yards and leads the team with three touchdown receptions. Ibeh, a Hudson Valley Community College product, will start at the Z-wide receiver position. The senior has five receptions for 183 yards in five games this season.

Starting at tight end and used mainly for blocking will be Christian Dunbar (6-2, 235). The converted defensive end has four receptions for 67 yards this year.

The Temple offensive line will be lead into battle by C.J. Blomvall (6-2, 305). Blomvall is from Sweden and served in the Swedish Marine Corps before signing with the Owls in 2003. Flanking Blomvall will be John Gross (6-6, 295) and Stephen Bell (6-6, 310). Gross has started 20 games and is a two-time member of the Big East Conference All-Academic Team while Bell, a Sacramento CC transfer is a first year starter.

Scheduled to start at the tackle positions are Tariq Sanders (6-6, 310) and Elliot Seifert (6-8, 300). Sanders, a redshirt sophomore, has been banged up this season and is questionable going into Saturday's game. If Sanders is unable to play, Gross will slide over from his left guard position to fill the hole. Seifert, a 2003 Big East All-Academic Team honoree, has eight starts under his belt this season after suffering a season ending ankle injury early in 2003.

By the numbers:
WVU is ranked 36th in total defense (327.50 yds/game), 30th in rushing defense (116.38 yds/game) and 30th in passing efficiency defense (109.51).

Temple is ranked 56th in total offense (376.75 yds/game), 58th in rushing offense (157.63 yds/game) and 54th in passing offense (219.13 yds/game).

Advantage: WVU

WVU special teams vs. Temple special teams

Much like the Mountaineers' kicking game, the Owls have struggled with punting and kicking throughout the season.

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Temple punter Jake Hendy (6-4, 220) has taken over the punting duties from Mike McLaughlin, who was inconsistent to start the year. Hendy, a Dixie State transfer, has averaged 37.7 yards on 19 attempts, landing five punts inside the opponents 20-yard line. Handling the kicking will be junior Ryan Lux (6-3, 200). Lux, a Palomar College transfer, has connected on only 6 of 12 field goal attempts, with a long of just 38 yards. Lux has also made just 3 of his 8 attempts from beyond 30 yards.

Returning punts for the Owls will be senior Phil Goodman (6-3, 220). Goodman, a California Community College First Team All-American at Sacramento City College in 2002, has returned 10 punts for 103 yards on the season, an average of 10.3 yards. Senior Jamil Porter (5-10, 190) and freshman Travis Shelton (5-11, 175) will drop back on kick returns. The duo has combined for 721 yards on 35 returns for an average of 20.6 yards per return.

By the numbers:
WVU is ranked 66th in net punting (35.32 yds/punt), 23rd in kick returns (22.81 yds/return) and 13th in punt returns (15.21 yds/return).

Temple is ranked 106th in net punting (31.55 yds/punt), 71st in kick returns (19.23 yds/return) and 65th in punt returns (8.57 yds/return)

Advantage: WVU

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On Offense: Brandon Myles

On Defense: Mike Lorello

Useless Facts:

* Got "Pop"? Legendary football coach Glenn "Pop" Warner lead the Owls during the 1933-1938 season, compiling a 31-18-9 record.

* Kissing your sister? Throughout its history the Owls have tied opposing teams 52 times, ranking 13th nationally in that offbeat statistic. Kansas leads the way with 58.

* Strange but true! The Owl, a night hunter, was adopted as a symbol due to the fact that Temple University began as a night school.

* Win just one for the Gipper? Since 1989 the Owls have suffered six one-win seasons.

* 14 years and counting! Temple's last winning season was in 1990, under the direction of Jerry Berndt The Owls went 7-4 in that campaign.

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Quarterback Walter Washington leads his Owls into Milan Puskar Stadium for the second year in a row. Last season the Mountaineers took a 21-0 lead going into the second quarter only to be outscored 28-24 in the final three quarters. This year will be no different, since the Blue and Gold seems unlikely to put together four solid quarters of football. West Virginia will take the early lead only to see Temple score a few cheap ones in the second half.

WVU - 38 Temple - 24

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