Editor’s Note: Now that Mack Brown says Temple has ditched the spread and gone back to the “Temple TUFF” offense it was known for the last two years, Dave “Fizzy” Weinraub has some nice things to say about Dave Patenaude. No nicknames for Patenaude quite yet, though.
By Dave (Fizzy) Weinraub
Can you believe it? For the first time, a bootleg at the goal line for a TD, and Frankie could have stopped off for a hot dog. Then, some razzle – dazzle, where Frankie pitched to Wright, who then threw (finally) back to Frankie for a two point conversion. There were even play-action passes on first down, (instead of drop-backs) and after turnovers, and even the second jet sweep of the year.
Don’t get me wrong, there were still up-the-guts at the wrong time, especially at first and goal, where we were still not efficient. It’s on first down, at first and goal when you have to show imagination. But all-in-all, a remarkable turn around from the junior high offense we’ve been running all year. There was so much improvement, I’m forced to upgrade the name of the offense from “Broad Street,” to the Ridge Avenue Offense. Where Broad Street runs straight, Ridge Avenue twists and turns and curls. Has Dave Patenaude seen the light?
However, I’m still pissed. If we’d been running this type of offense all year, we certainly would have at least two more wins. Also, Frank Nutile has been simply terrific. His only two interceptions were passes that bounced off the receivers hands. When given time, his passing has been phenomenal. So my question is, why wasn’t he the starter from the beginning of the season?
The defense which had been mostly exceptional against the run, was only okay. It allowed some sustained running plays for a time, but then righted itself. It’s still the pass defense, especially against the two-minute offense that’s been terrible all year. I just don’t understand why we can’t do the same thing the Eagles do in that situation. They rush four and play a five across zone at about 12 yards, with a deep safety on each side. Then the defenders can see the QB and the ball, instead of running with their backs turned. Even the announcer Friday night said, “no one knows where the ball is.” We’ve given up an awful lot of TD’s in the right corner of the end-zone all year, and that’s because number ten (Jones), can’t see the ball. To stop Central Florida, we have to defend the pass.
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Friday: Our Annual Tribute to the Seniors
Sunday: UCF Game Analysis