Temple vs. East Carolina Broadcast
Date: Thursday, October 3rd
Game Time: 8:00 ET
Venue: Dowdy-Ficken Stadium, Greenville, NC
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It was a one-sided affair in the last meeting as Temple racked up 470 yards of offense, compared to just 196 for the Pirates. The Owls pass defense played particularly well as they limited ECU to just 120 yards through the air. Quarterback Anthony Russo threw four touchdowns and an interception, while Isaiah Wright and Branden Mack each caught a touchdown pass in the blowout win.
East Carolina Pirates Outlook
The Pirates have responded since their embarrassing blowout loss to the Naval Academy. They have won two in a row and looking to pull-off a major upset against the Owls. A couple things that could go there way this week. One is that it is a short week for both teams and two ECU is home which could create an atmosphere for a potential upset.
However, the team is averaging only 21.4 points per game which will need to change with the Owls averaging 30.5. Quarterback Holton Ahlers will need to be special than the 197.4 passing yards he is averaging this season.
When a team is looking for an upset, there will need to be opportunities for some short fields. The defense will have to create some turnovers led by the front seven including: Xavier Smith and Kendall Futrell.
Why Temple Will Win
The Owl defense should be able to stop the East Carolina passing game just enough to be okay.
The Pirates are fine, throwing the ball — at least they’re consistent — but they don’t hit on too many shots down the field and don’t do enough to overcome a mediocre running game. They’ve only played three games against FBS teams so far, and they failed to hit 50% of their passes in two of them.