Editor’s Note: Dave “Fizzy” Weinraub is a former Temple player and later, an educator, teacher, coach, and writer. His thoughts on Temple games appear periodically in this space.
By Dave (Fizzy) Weinraub
Sometimes the football gods even things out. We played mediocre football for 57 minutes and 15 seconds, but then came back to win the game. You should have taped the game because, based on performance, it was maybe the unlikeliest win in the last sixty years. Cincy missed three field goals or the game would have never gone to overtime. Kudos to our defense. In the overtime, Cincy choked. There was the snap before everyone was ready, and then the penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct. Game over!
For the first 57 minute and 15 seconds, watching Dave Patenaude call offensive plays was like watching an elephant dance with Royal Ballet. Not that my friends are highbrow, but some couldn’t watch anymore and left with 5 minutes left in regulation.
Anthony Russo looks to be the real deal with a big, accurate arm. Our receivers are long and fast and very difficult to cover. This team is a big play team and should be coached that way. Throw the hell out of the ball from the get-go.
- With first and goal (the first time) – the first two plays were up-the-gut.
- With first and goal (the second time) – the first play was up-the-gut.
- A little later in the first quarter, with a first and fifteen, up-the-gut.
- At the end of the first half, we call a timeout to get the ball back with time on the clock and then run the ball the first two plays. Cincy then had time to go downfield but missed the field goal.
- Every first down from the beginning of the second half until 9:57 left in the game was a running play.
Is it any wonder Cincy was blitzing inside the tackles on first and second down? I know they saw that upstairs because they started to pitch outside. Why didn’t Patenaude roll out or bootleg Russo, or have him run some RPO’s? By the way, we rushed for a total of 80 yards on 30 carries. Do the math. Also, we were stubbornly trying to run without Ryquell Armstead, our premier runner. (Gee, was he injured or something?)
- In the fourth quarter, Russo quickly brings us downfield to another first and goal and he’s hot. So coach Patenaude takes him out and puts Centeio in so he can run the ball. When he comes in, everyone knows he’s going to run the ball. Why can’t Russo run a keeper on first down where there would be deception?
- Then, there’s a slow developing reverse pass. Well, that’s a beautiful play at midfield where there’s room for the receivers to get open, but not at the goal line.
- Two of Russo’s three interceptions, were seemingly miscommunications with the receiver, as was one last week. What in the world is going on?
- Coach Collins gets called for a 15-yard penalty for losing his cool; unnecessary!
Yes, I know, I should be grateful for the win and not be such a wise ass. But this is big-time college football and our coaches are getting paid a lot of money. They need to earn it. You and I are not disloyal if our constructive criticism brings improvement.
With better coaching, our woulda, coulda, shoulda record might be 7 – 1, or even 8 – 0.
Tomorrow: 5 Things That Should Be Addressed on Bye Week
Thursday: Shallow Owl
Saturday: Around The AAC
Monday: Game Week
Wednesday: UCF Preview