As far as desserts go, Pumpin Pie for some reason has always been my favorite followed closely by Boston Cream Pie and Lemon Meringue Pie.
Humble Pie, not so much.
Temple got a sour taste of that on Saturday in a 38-22 loss at Buffalo.
College football is a funny (odd) not funny (hilarious) game sometimes and Saturday was one of those times.
When Sam Franklin scooped up an apparent fumble to put Temple supposedly up 14-0, I was a pretty happy camper. Then the replay came and (rightly) the Buffalo runner was ruled down by no more than an inch.
Game of not inches, but maybe an inch.
That’s how fast a college football game can change.
Did Temple need a taste of humble pie?
Does it kill the Owls’ season?
Saturday proved that Buffalo after leading Penn State at halftime can go on the road and get clocked by Liberty, 35-17. It also proved that Temple can beat Maryland at home and lose to Buffalo on the road.
The road is a pretty dangerous place and that’s probably why I don’t spend a fortune following my beloved Owls there.
What the hell does this all mean?
I think–and I feel confident in saying this–that Maryland will end up being a better team than Buffalo when all is said and done.
I also think that Temple will be a better team than the one that lost to Buffalo and that the Owls will take care of business against Georgia Tech.
Beyond that, who the hell knows anymore?
Rod Carey was 5-0 against Buffalo with a fraction of the talent he had at his disposal yesterday so this loss really does not compute.
The Owls got a little full of themselves this week with all the praise they received and were served a heaping hot helping of humble pie.
Plenty of things to fix starting with the special teams. Yeah, I know punter Adam Barry got two bad snaps but at some point, you’ve got to be athletic enough to pick up a bouncing ball and make one step and kick the damn thing away. Barry hasn’t quite shown that yet. Is he the Steve Sax of Temple–a second baseman who had such a mental issue that he couldn’t throw to first–that’s yet to be seen. Yet he’s shown a lot of signs that Connor Bowler did not last year. Bowler had five-count them five–50-yard-plus punts in a 49-6 win over East Carolina yet Rod Carey felt he wasn’t good enough to continue as the punter for Temple University.
Having watched the great Casey Murphy punt for Temple, I remember him picking up every single bad snap and getting off a great kick. Murphy messaged me yesterday during the game that he always practiced bad snaps. Maybe Barry should do the same.
The run defense that looked so great against Maryland looked so bad against Buffalo I do not know what to think.
All I know is that I never felt Temple was going to go unbeaten but, if there was going to be a loss, this was the place to do it–a nonleague game that left all of the current goals on the table (with perhaps the exception of an NY6 game).
Those goals are still right on the table and could make for a delicious meal. Just skip the dessert, please.
Tuesday: Fizz’s Thoughts on Buffalo