The Diamond Marching Band killed at halftime.
One way to tie the Temple football win with the Homecoming Game crowd was the mention of Morkeith Brown, whose Homecoming lasted a full week with the team.
The defensive end and tight end was always one of my favorite Temple Owls. He was the guy seen in the middle of the celebration at the Eagle Bank Bank announcement, a former Army ranger and probably one of the best leaders on the Al Golden and Steve Addazio teams. Morkeith wasn’t the greatest player, but he got the most out of his ability and his leadership with infectious in a good way.
Brown, like a lot of other alumni, was around all week and his influence as a motivator was felt on the team. Hopefully, he used the days to develop another leader. Temple head coach Matt Rhule made special mention of Brown in the post-game press conference and how his mere presence around the team all week was an intangible benefit.
Maybe they can take him to Dallas.
Whatever, the post-game burgers tasted better in Lot K after the win. (Thanks to Adrian Robinson for the burger.) No amount of spicy hot mustard or Heinz Ketchup can make the burgers and dogs taste better than a dash of winning.
Speaking of which, it was a great crowd and the Diamond Marching Band, always unbeaten in my book, was never better than it was at halftime. If you don’t believe me, take a look at the video above. In all my time coming to Temple games, I never saw a pre-game Temple crowd quite that large in the parking lot. That’s particularly impressive after an 0-6 start.
The win changed the whole atmosphere around Temple and now the challenge is not to make this a one-week deal. Six wins in a row is probably too much to ask, but there’s no team left on this schedule, with the possible exception of UCF, that Temple cannot beat.