Editor’s Note: Dave “Fizzy” Weinraub brings a lifetime of football playing and coaching to his analysis of Temple games here. Fizzy played at Temple in the pre-coach Wayne Hardin days.
By Dave (Fizzy) Weinraub
The defense was pretty doggone good, considering the loss of our middle linebacker, and playing against 17 guys. I truly believe we could have held Houston to ten or thirteen points without them receiving all the extra help.
All of a sudden, in the second half, we found the missing running game. Geoff Collins said, “We changed things schematically.” As an old coach (very old), I take that to mean blocking assignments and rules were modified, probably simplified. It was about time. Keep in mind; however, Houston lost its all-American defensive lineman. The passing game improved somewhat, even though there were still drops, and two of the three interceptions were not the fault of the QB.
As long as it’s understood hindsight’s always 20 – 20, here’s my list.
1. Bringing Wright in to run a third and one, in the red zone.
2. Punting on fourth and three from their forty.
3. Throwing a drop-back pass instead of play-action, after running successfully four consecutive plays in the second half.
4. Running a QB option on third and seven in the red zone.
5. Running a pitchout to the tailback on third and ten with one minute left.
Please look at what plays we haven’t seen after five games.
1. A reverse
2. A pass thrown by the running back
3. A pass in the flat to Sharga after lining up in the “I Formation.”
4. A bootleg run by the QB.
5. An inside reverse
6. A second jet sweep.
7. A fake jet sweep and throw long
8. A throwback to the QB
9. A roll right, throw-back left.
10. A fake run by Wright in the “Wildcat,” and he throws the ball.
There’s a pattern here. We have no mis-direction of any kind, and that’s why we see so many run blitzes inhibiting our run game. C’mon Patenaude, wake up.
I guess I say this once a year, but this was the absolute worst officiated college game I’ve ever seen, and most of the bad calls were made by the same official. These calls totally affected the outcome of the game.
1. The interference call in the end-zone, before we intercepted. There was very brief contact, which affected nothing.
2. There was another interference call made against us in the middle of the field that was bogus.
3. The same official did not call offensive interference, when our defensive back had inside position in the end-zone, and was manhandled before the pass got there.
4. They called a bogus personal foul on Houston, after Marchi slid to the ground. The defensive guy had already started his tackle before the slide, and barely hit Marchi.
5. In the last few minutes, there was clearly contact before the ball got to our receiver in the middle of the field.
6. The review which overturned our reception at the six- yard line. OMG, clearly the receiver was dragging his inside foot on the ground.
7. And last but not least, the targeting call made against our middle linebacker. The man was not defenseless, he crouched over at the last second, and was hit by a shoulder as he was bending over. It was not even a penalty, let alone a reason for throwing someone out of the game.
This team of officials and whomever was doing the reviews, should be relegated to calling freshman games in the Philadelphia public school league.
There are a three more things I’d like to see.
1. Geoff Collins raising some hell on the sideline. (I don’t care who he shouts at.)
2. Marchi not sliding until after he gets the first down.
3. Our offensive coordinator assigned to play ten hours of “Madden Football.”
Friday (slight change from earlier posting sked): Tracking Wright’s Touches
Saturday: East Carolina Preview
Sunday: Game Analysis
Tuesday: Missing With No Action
Thursday: Throwback Thursday
Saturday: Homecoming Preview