The following are the thoughts of former Temple player Dave “Fizzy” Weinraub ....
By Dave (Fizzy) Weinraub
Temple vs. South Florida
Wow! The offense seemed to have a much more “open” feeling than before. Phillip had more confidence, as did the receivers. I attribute this to the Central Florida, last thirty-second miracle, “The Crescendo in Orlando.”
The running game worked beyond expectations. The passing game did very well, and if three receivers hadn’t lost their footing coming out their cuts, it would have fared even better. Even the “wildcat” was successful. There was a better balance between the pass and run, and even some first down play-action throws. It was a great win, a significant win, and it changed the whole outlook for the remainder of the season because we should be favored in all four of the upcoming games. So what’s to worry about?
Well, my main concern is this. The game plan versus South Florida worked well, so there was basically no need to seriously adjust anything in the second half. The running game was keeping their explosive offense on the sidelines, and we were scoring. In the back of my mind though, I remember the week before at Central Florida. Then, the game plan didn’t work and we weren’t scoring, but we were stubbornly operating a very conservative offense until that last thirty-second miracle. Game plans don’t always work. I hope the coaching staff stays flexible enough to change direction when they have to. Be aggressive and take chances. When you play not to lose, you usually do.
My next concern is more of a wish. I don’t understand why we never run a true bootleg. There are times in every game, especially in short-yardage situations, where Phillip could get a hot dog on his way to the end-zone. But to do this, you have to first hand-off to a running back who’s set left, and runs right, or the opposite. That sets up the true naked bootleg. Yo coach… please?
Basically, the defense did a nice job against a dynamic South Florida offense. However, what I don’t understand is why, after our run defense forced a number of third and longs, we went to a three man rush? Thanks to our outstanding defensive ends, we got still got pressure and sacks. And even with eight guys playing the pass, South Florida still converted on a number of occasions. I have to conclude that if you give any good quarterback time, sooner or later they’ll find an open man. Let’s rush four or even five in those situations, and keep the pressure on. You know what the prevent does.
I love the LINC. There’s terrific access from all points of the compass. There’s ample parking, and minimum traffic congestion, even when the stadium’s filled with a big-time opponent. Inside is first class and provides us with a truly major college feel as attendance slowly builds. There is no way a smaller stadium on campus works as well for all concerned, and provides all of the above advantages. “Build it and they won’t come.”
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