Sept. 21 was one of the most frustrating days Dave Patenaude ever had as a football coach.Authentic Eric Dickerson Jersey
The Owls’ offensive coordinator watched his group give away the ball six times and rush for negative yards in a 43-7 loss to a ranked South Florida team in Temple’s American Athletic Conference opener.,womens Philip Rivers Jersey
no offensive line ever wants to have that happen to them, but as an offensive line and as a competitor, whatever the rotation is, they want to run the ball. Not giving up sacks is great, you want to run the ball,” coach Geoff Collins said. “Regardless of who is playing,Authentic Philip Rivers Jersey
,“You have negative four yards rushing you want to push people around. That’s the identity that they want to have, and that’s from them.”
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,“One thing about offense,> redshirt-senior offensive lineman Leon Johnson said. “Defense you can kind of get away with it, if one of the 11 guys screws up, but offense you can’t get away with mistakes even if it’s one person. I believe we’re one block from big plays.”
After last week’s subpar performance, 0-1 The American) will face Houston (2-1) on Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field. The Cougars’ defense features sophomore tackle Ed Oliver,womens Todd Gurley II Jersey
,the Owls (2-2, an Associated Press Preseason All-American who ranked eighth on NFL.com’s list of the 25 best college players entering the season.
Oliver has 3.5 tackles for loss out of 22 tackles this season. He has forced two fumbles, womens Spencer Ware Jersey
,including one that led to a touchdown drive in the second quarter of Houston’s win against Rice University on Sept. 16.
Oliver made Pro Football Focus’ national defensive team for Week 4. He also made Pro Football Focus’ All-American watch. He had three run stops and five quarterback pressures on Saturday in Houston’s loss to Texas Tech. Oliver entered the game with the highest run-stop percentage among interior defenders with at least 24 plays in run defense.
a two-time Pro Bowl selection with the Philadelphia Eagles. In his first year at the University of Florida in 2015,Collins knows how players like Oliver can impact a game at the line of scrimmage. During his tenure as a coordinator at Mississippi State University from 2011-14,Authentic Spencer Ware Jersey
he coached Jonathan Bullard, Collins coached Fletcher Cox, who is now a defensive tackle for the Chicago Bears.
Collins said Oliver’s reputation transcends college football,Authentic Melvin Ingram Jersey
, and the Owls have to “know where he is on every single snap.”
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,“If you can control a game from the defensive tackle position,” he said.
Temple ranks last in the Football Bowl Subdivision in offensive rushing success rate. The statistic is a measure of a team’s efficiency. Success is determined by if a team gets at least 50 percent of necessary yardage on first down,womens Dan Fouts Jersey
,After the game against South Florida, at least 70 percent on second down and 100 percent on third and fourth downs. Temple’s rushing success rate is 20.7 percent.
About 50 percent of Temple’s plays have been runs. But only 26.6 percent of the team’s yards are from rushes,Authentic Melvin Gordon Jersey
,which ranks 118th in the FBS.
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, 89-yard and four-interception passing performance from redshirt sophomore Logan Marchi and redshirt junior Frank Nutile against South Florida. Patenaude said after Tuesday’s practice that a quarterback decision would come later in the week.Authentic Aaron Donald Jersey
and the team didn’t score an offensive touchdown in a game for the first time since Nov. 29,womens Eric Dickerson Jersey
,' ,Temple’s 17 points per game ranks 115th in the FBS,Authentic Todd Gurley II Jersey
, 2014. But Patenaude believes the offense is close to a turnaround.
“I don’t think we’re far away at all, it was a throw here, it was a missed assignment, and then if we make a few of those plays,” Patenaude said. “I know that that’s hard to believe based on our performance the other night. …It’s a drop here, now we start to get a little positive traction, womens Aaron Donald Jersey
,and it’s all about momentum. And we just couldn’t get any momentum.”