Sunday, December 28, 2014

'Best' and 'Worst' awards Temple vs. Louisville

LOUISVILLE – My look at some of the best and worst performances from Louisville's 45-17 victory Temple on Saturday at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.

'Best' and 'Worst' awards Temple vs. Louisville

Louisville wide receiver Andrell Smith runs out of the grasp of Temple´s Justin Gildea to score. (Garry Jones/AP)
Louisville wide receiver Andrell Smith runs out of the grasp of Temple's Justin Gildea to score. (Garry Jones/AP)

LOUISVILLE – My look at some of the best and worst performances from Louisville's 45-17 victory Temple on Saturday at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.

Player of the game: Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater is the third consecutive opposing quarterback to torch Temple. The sophomore completed 19 of 28 passes for 324 yards and a career-best five touchdowns passes before being replaced early in the fourth quarter. Bridgewater compiled 228 of those yards and three of his touchdowns in the first half. His highlight was a 72-yard touchdown strike to a wide-open Ryan Hubbell in the first quarter.

 Worst performance of the game: Temple quarterback Chris Coyer gets this award for the second time in three games. The redshirt junior lost three fumbles that led to 17 points for the Cardinals. He completed 2 of 8 passes for 20 yards. His final seven pass attempts were incomplete. Coyer was benched after committing his final turnover with 1 minute, 28 seconds left in the third quarter.

Best defensive performance: This award goes to Temple middle linebacker Nate D. Smith. The redshirt freshman finished with a game-high two sacks that totaled 24 yards in losses. In all, the 6-foot, 230-pounder record nine tackles.

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Worst defensive performance: I’m sorry for beating a dead horse, but Temple’s defensive secondary needs to improve. For the third consecutive week, an opposing quarterback toyed with the Owls. Temple has given up a combined 12 touchdown passes in consecutive losses to Rutgers, Pittsburgh and Louisville. And on Saturday, the Cardinals receivers were open most plays.

Worst statistic: This goes to the Owls’ third-down conversions. Temple only converted 2 of 10 third downs. It would be hard to beat Podunk University by only converting 20 percent of your third downs.

Best debut: I know it was late in the game, but Temple third-string quarterback Kevin Newsome’s debut has superstar written all over it. Newsome entered the game with 2:42 left and had a 42-yard carry on what was his first play from scrimmage as an Owl. The Penn State transfer followed with a 9-yard run on the next play. He finished with three carries for 52 yards.

About this blog
Keith Pompey has been an Inquirer reporter since September 2004. He took over the Sixers beat in the summer of 2013 after covering the Temple basketball and football for the previous three years. Pompey also previously covered the Penn and Drexel men’s basketball team and Villanova football team after initially focusing on high school sports.

Pompey is a native Philadelphian and a University of Pittsburgh graduate. Follow him on Twitter @PompeyOnSixers or reach Keith at Reach Keith at

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