Thursday, July 30, 2015

"Best" and 'Worst" awards for Temple vs. Cincinnati

My look at some of the best and worst performances and happenings from Cincinnati’s 34-10 victory over Temple on Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field:

"Best" and 'Worst" awards for Temple vs. Cincinnati


My look at some of the best and worst performances and happenings from Cincinnati’s 34-10 victory over Temple on Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field: 

Best performance: Brendon Kay didn’t look like someone making his first career start. The fifth-year senior completed 13 of 21 passes for 244 yards, including touchdown passes of 75- and 65-yards. He had seven carries for 71 yards before being replaced by Munchie Legaux late in the game. Kay’s longest run was a 40-yard gain.

Worst performance: This has to go to Temple’s defensive backs. Sure Owls quarterback Chris Coyer had another poor performance. But Temple’s defensive backs struggled big-time. Four different Cincinnati receivers had pass plays of 29 yards or more. On most occasions, the Bearcats had a step or two on the Owls defensive backs. Unfortunately for Temple, this is common.  The Owls have been torched for big-pass plays all season.

Best defensive performance: Cincinnati’s Drew Frey gets this award after compiling three tackles – one for a 3-yard loss – an interception and two pass breakups. The senior strong safety returned his interception 20 yards.

Best performance in a losing effort: Temple defensive end John Youboty deserves this award after recording seven tackles – six solos – and two sacks.

Worst statistic: Temple’s second-quarter rushing effort.  The Owls were held to 15 yards on nine carries in the second quarter.

Worst of the worst: This goes to the person that gave the inaccurate attendance figure. The official attendance was 20,192. It looked like fewer than 11,000 fans at the Linc to me. I was told that Temple’s attendance figure probably accounted for tickets sold.

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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

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