Weary Owls get needed rest

Without a true bye-week in their schedule, Temple will use their extra days this week to get some much needed rest.

After losing on Saturday, the Owls will have a 10-day layoff before traveling to Ohio on Nov. 2 for an ESPN-televised Wednesday night game.

"Right now you wish you had more time, but you don’t," said Temple head coach Steve Addazio. "I’m grateful for the couple extra days we have right now. As is, I’m sure everybody else. It’s that time of year that you’re pretty banged up."

Addazio said he plans on giving the Owls "a couple days off" before resuming their regular practice schedule.

The game will be the Owls first of two straight Wednesday games, as they’ll host Miami (OH) on Nov. 9 before another 10 day layoff.

Last season, the Owls had a 10-day layoff before losing two straight games on Wednesday nights to end the season. The losses snapped a four-game winning streak and ended any hopes of a bowl appearance.

The break may give the coaching staff time to evaluate the poor performance of the passing game, as quarterback Chester Stewart has thrown for less than 100-yards in two straight weeks and to address the team’s lack of discipline on Saturday (12 penalties, 97 yards).

It also will allow running back Bernard Pierce more rest as he gears up for the regular season’s final four games. He’s yet to miss a game, but Addazio said he did not take a snap in practice last week due to being "banged up."

"We’re deep in the season right now, going into week nine, we’re deep in the year," said Addazio. "This is the first time we’ve had a couple of days."

Contact staff writer Matt Breen at mbreen@phillynews.com or @matt_breen on Twitter.