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'Best' and 'Worst' awards Temple vs. South Florida

Best and Worst awards for Temple vs. South Florida game

'Best' and 'Worst' awards Temple vs. South Florida

(David Swanson/Staff Photographer)
(David Swanson/Staff Photographer)

Best and Worst awards for Temple vs. South Florida game

My look at some of the best and worst performances from Temple’s 37-28 victory over South Florida on Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field: 

Best performance: How can you not give this award to Montel Harris? The tailback put on a show. Harris, who transferred to Temple after a prolific career at Boston College, had 24 carries for a season-best 133 yards and two fourth-quarter touchdowns. The graduate student compiled 74 of his rushing yards in the final quarter. Harris’ second score, a 35-yarder with a 1 minute, 3 seconds remaining, gave the Owls’ their nine-point margin of victory.

Worst performance: Watching Andre Davis play on Saturday was like seeing a toddler trying to take his first steps. The sophomore receiver, who came in with a lot of hype, fell flat on his face against the Owls. He was held without a reception until the fourth quarter. He finished with two catches for 21 yards. It was hard to believe that he had 24 receptions for 312yards through the first five games. 

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Best performance by a defensive player: Only a fool wouldn’t give this award to Tyler Matakevich. The Owls freshman linebacker, who started in place of an injured teammate, was all over the field. He finished with a career- and game-high 15 tackles. Twelve of his stops were solos.

Worst performance by a group: South Florida’s wideouts were awful. That’s the simplest ways to describe them after dropping a combined seven passes. Some of the drops occurred on plays that could have altered the outcome of the game. One can only imagine how lonely the plane ride back to Tampa was for the receiving corps.

Best performance by a special-teamer: Marcus Green’s blocked field goal made the Owls’ defensive end the logical pick to win this award. The senior blocked what would have been Maikon Bonani's go-ahead 45-yard field goal with 1 minute, 19 seconds left. Temple's Anthony Robey recovered the ball and returned it to the South Florida 35-yard line.

Worst performance by a special-teamer: This award goes to Bonani. In addition to having the 45-yarder blocked, he missed a 52-yard attempt in the first quarter. That snapped the senior’s school record of 12 consecutive made field goals.

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 kpompey@phillynews.com. Reach Keith at kpompey@phillynews.com.

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