Fast-forward past the senior day stuff to see No. 19’s three TDs.
Every time I feel a little down and out, I take a look at that commercial with the blind young woman with a young daughter reaching for the washing machine dials and doing her daily work. Fortunately, I rarely get sick but I went to the doctor after being in pain all night and found out that I had an inner ear infection. Taking antibiotics and drops now in hopes it clears up and am still going to try to “Kyle Friend” it and limp to the Temple game on Saturday, but sometimes “Temple Smart” should trump “Temple TUFF” and this might be one of those times.
Then, after getting back from Rite-Aid with prescriptions in hand this afternoon, I saw the commercial with the blind woman, girl really, and that put it all in perspective.
So, too, should it be for Temple fans today. All of us were a little (OK, a lot) down after losing 44-23 to South Florida last week, but things could be a lot worse. We could be fans of ECU or UCF.
Instead, we are fans of a team that has their fate in their own hands against a team it appears to match up relatively well against.
Memphis has been, historically, a team that Temple matches up well against and the reason is Robby Anderson. Last year, while watching a Temple team try to square peg a fullback, Kenny Harper, into a round hole, tailback, I thought of Anderson.
Even though Harper “Kyle Friended” it with a tough 75-yard run, he never really had the high-end speed you want from a featured tailback on a championship team. All last year, we wrote on this website that Harper would have been better off as the lead blocker for Jahad Thomas because he had done that role so well for Montel Harris in 2012. The offense last year was out of sync for that reason and for one other.
Robby Anderson wasn’t in the building.
Anderson had caught three touchdowns against Memphis the year prior and, if running quarterbacks are the Owls’ kryptonite, Anderson probably is the rock that crumbles the Memphis defense.
The Owls threw a pair of passes into the end zone against Memphis that would have been touchdowns if thrown to Anderson, but were dropped by other players who will not be mentioned because they are still with the program. They had a perfect wheel route dropped by Jamie Gilmore.
That’s where Thomas comes into play. He would not have dropped the same pass. If any of those three plays are made, the Owls win. All year long, I have been waiting for Anderson to have his breakout game and this would be the perfect time for it. Anderson is the kind of special talent that deserves a special nickname. If he catches a couple of touchdown passes on Saturday, I’ve got one.