ATHENS, Ohio – My look at some of the best and worst performances from Ohio’s 35-31 victory over Temple at Peden Stadium.
Best performance: How can you not give this award to Ohio’s Tyler Tettleton? Yeah, I know Chris Coyer had a dominant game. But Tettleton had the late game-winning touchdown. The redshirt sophomore's 5-yard pass to Donte Foster gave the Bobcats their four-point victory with 1 minute, 41 seconds remaining. The undersized signal caller made clutch plays all night against the Owls. He completed 15 of 24 passes for 258 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed for another touchdown.
Best performance in a losing effort: Coyer’s 307 yards of total offense off the bench make the Owls quarterback the easy pick. Can you believe this guy was the third-stringer a couple of weeks ago? After replacing Chester Stewart to start Temple’s third offensive series, the redshirt sophomore completed 8 of 14 passes for 123 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed 17 times for 184 yards (10.8 yards per carry). Stewart can forget about getting his position back.
Best coaching decision: Temple coach Steve Addazio gets this award for making the quarterback switch. Offensively, Temple was way better with Coyer under center. Without him, the Owls could have lost by at least three touchdowns. Temple’s offense was lackluster with Stewart under center. And that’s a nice way to put it.
Best special teams play: Temple decided to fake a punt on a fourth-and-four situation at the Owls’ 34-yard line. Talk about a great move. Brandon McManus, Temple’s placekicker/punter, picked up 23 yards on the play. The rush set up his 27-yard field goal seven plays later.
Worst special teams play: Matt Brown's 80-yard kickoff return for a score was called back due to Deon Miller’s holding penalty. The Owls went on score on that drive. Even still, one has to believe Addazio wasn’t happy about the penalty.
Best play: Ohio tailback Donte Harden looked like the second coming of Usain Bolt on an 81-yard touchdown run down the left sideline. The fifth-year senior’s gallop gave the Bobcats a 21-14 third-quarter lead.
Worst play: Coyer proved he was human, losing a fumble after a 6-yard gain to the Ohio 18. Unfortunately for the 21-year-old, his miscue set up Harden’s touchdown run.
Best defensive performance: I had a lot to pick from. But Noah Keller gets the award, because of his consistent and solid effort. The Ohio middle linebacker finished with a game-high six solo tackles and a game-high 15 total stops.
Worst defensive performance: I hate to do this the Owls, because they have played stellar for most of the season. But this award goes to Temple’s entire defense. It has to. This was the Owls’ worst defensive performance of the season. The Bobcats basically did whatever they wanted while scoring on three of their last four possessions.