Three things to watch Friday in Temple-UMass

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UMass tight end Adam Breneman looks for yardage after catching a pass against Hawaii.

  • Temple coach Geoff Collins has referred to UMass redshirt senior Adam Breneman as “one of the best tight ends in the country.” The 6-foot-5, 255-pound Breneman, who began his career at Penn State, has 21 receptions for 323 yards, but has yet to reach the end zone. It will be interesting to see whether he matches up with 5-foot-11, 210-pound Delvon Randall, a strong safety who might be the Owls’ most physical player.
  • Temple has two strong punt returners, Sean Chandler and Mike Jones, but that part of the game has yet to take off this season. The Owls are averaging just 3.0 yards in four punt returns. UMass punter Logan Laurent has enjoyed a solid start, averaging 41.8 yards, with three kicks of 50 or more yards.
  • Owls offensive coordinator Dave Patenaude says that quarterback Logan Marchi was hampered by an ankle injury coming out of preseason camp. Patenaude says Marchi has improved. If so, one can look for him to be more a part of the running game, which has struggled in the first two games.

Temple football by the numbers

2.6: Average yards per carry for Temple in its first two games. Last season, the Owls averaged 4.4.

4-1: Temple’s record in its last five Friday night games. The most recent victory was one of the biggest in the Owls’ history, a 46-30 triumph Oct. 21 against South Florida that paved the way to the division title.

55-23: Total points by which Temple and UMass have been outscored in the fourth quarter. Temple has been outscored, 24-9; UMass, 31-14.