The following are Fizzy’s comments on the UCF comeback …the opinions are all Fizzy’s.. thanks, Fizzy:
By Dave (Fizzy) Weinraub
Watching Temple coaches call the offense, is like going to the dentist for a root-canal. You know it’s going to hurt, and it does.
But there’s good news. We finally won a woulda, coulda, shoulda. We won it, however, despite the game plan. The players won it themselves because the shackles were finally off. They had to throw the ball as there were only thirty seconds left. Phillip got in rhythm and the guys all caught the ball. It was truly amazing, and the best Temple comeback, probably, of all time.
[It’s just a shame that former Temple standout football players, Dick Gable and Joe Morelli, left the stadium before the last drive.]
Before the game our coaches said we had to run the ball to keep the opposition off the field. So we did, over and over and over. Even in the next-to-last last possession trailing by five points.
Usually, the offense goes like this… They line up over the ball, and wait for the play from the sidelines. On many occasions, the call is slow to get in and last Saturday night, there were many times we got the play off just before the clock ran out. Once, they had to call an unnecessary time-out to get the next play. Guess what? It was the proverbial run up the middle.
Let me point out how this handicaps the team, and how it did last Saturday night. There were a number of third and short, and fourth and short situations. When you’re down to last few seconds, there’s no time for the quarterback to audible. On all those plays, Central Florida had eight men up in the box. When Phillip came up over the ball, even if he was allowed, there was no time to change the play. So no imagination, up-the-middle they went. Stufferroonni!
I have to admit I’m a liar. I told some ex-teammates I wouldn’t write again. I would just go to the game, see the old (I do mean old) guys, and tell stories. It just hurt so much after the root-canal…
Tomorrow: Game Preview