Temple Digs Too Deep a Hole, Rally Falls Short Against Maryland

Temple Digs Too Deep a Hole, Rally Falls Short Against Maryland

This isn't the first time Temple's had a letdown after a big win the week prior. In fact, one week after rolling Maryland 35-7 last season, the Owls were rolled themselves, 36-13, by Toledo at home.

On Tuesday, Chris Coyer pointed to that game as an example of what Temple couldn't afford to have happen on Saturday against Maryland.

Four days later, after the Owls' 36-27 loss to the Terrapins, Coyer said postgame, while receiving IV fluids : "We were playing very sloppy [in the first half] and we didn't come out as fired up as we should have been. We came out very slow."

Very slow was understatement. So just how bad was Temple in the first half?

- 25 plays, 34 yards. An average of 1.36 yards per play.

- 25 plays, three passing attempts.

- Four fumbles, two lost. One by Matt Brown on the Owls' first play from the scrimmage.

- Score at the break: Maryland 26, Temple 3.

From there, Temple came out passing and won the second half 24-10, but it wasn't enough.

Senior kicker Brandon McManus, who at least did his share on Saturday, echoed Coyer after the game:

"We just came out and played lazy. I don't know why that is the case, but we knew they were coming up here for a revenge game … They just played harder than us.

Laziness was one reason for the loss. A running game that barely got out of the backfield was another. By game's end, Temple had run the ball 39 times on 57 plays. Those 39 carries went for 52 total yards.

Asked after the game to explain his strategy in the first half, Steve Addazio pointed to his team's fumbles and emphasized that his receivers had to catch the ball. They were targeted three times in the first half.

"Everyone wants to talk about throwing the ball," he said. "That's great and terrific but you have to catch the ball, or it is 2nd and 10 and you don't have a rhythm going. We didn't have a rhythm going for a lot of reasons."

"You need to first establish who you are."

Temple, obviously, is a team who runs the football. But on a day when they couldn't establish the run, it didn't make much sense to continue trying. Sadly, that's the way the first half went.

When Temple balanced the offense in the second half (15 passes, 14 rushes), they gained 194 yards, as compared to their 34 in the first half. Coyer, who woke up with a 101-degree favor, set a new personal record for passing yards in a game with 178 on 7 of 18 attempts.

In fairness to Addazio, the Temple wideouts did have a number of drops in the second half that kept Coyer's completion percentage down, including one (pictured below) that went off C.J. Hammond's hands and was grabbed by Maryland defensive back before it hit the ground.

Still, the tale of two halves, and tale of two play-calling schemes, presented a stark difference in terms of success for Temple.

When it came time to do something else on Saturday, Temple didn't. By the time it finally did, it was too late.

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A Process Graceland? Sam Hinkie's Philly area home is up for sale

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A Process Graceland? Sam Hinkie's Philly area home is up for sale

Sam Hinkie's Philly area home is now up for sale for a whopping $3.1 million, according to Realtor.com.

This is the perfect opportunity for the Hinkie Apostles to purchase the mansion and make their very own Process Graceland. Surely, there has to be a Kickstarter for this already up and running, no?

Here's how the home is Bryn Mawr mansion is described in the listing:

Located on a private cul-de-sac overlooking 25 acres of the Harriton Farm Preservation and built in the 19th century, the home has five bedrooms and seven bathrooms spread over three levels of living space.

A stone wall serves as the home’s axis and accommodates three floor-to-ceiling fireplaces. According to the listing agent, the restoration of the property—which included top-of-the-line masonry, stone work, and mechanical, electrical, and plumbing upgrades—won the Lower Merion Preservation Award in 2005 .

And you absolutely know Hinkie is going to make out on the deal. He purchased the home in 2014 for a reported $2.66 million and is looking to make a cool half mil off the sale.

Sixers reach respectable spot in ESPN's latest NBA power rankings

Sixers reach respectable spot in ESPN's latest NBA power rankings

Everything seemed status-quo in ESPN’s Marc Stein’s most updated NBA power rankings. As expected the Warriors, Spurs, and Cavaliers occupied the top spots. But when you venture down to number 15, you may gasp. 
  
Yes, the Sixers (15-27) are gracing the middle of the power rankings at number 15. Stein is starting to "trust the process" after the team’s recent 8-2 stint. It isn’t just Joel Embid making headlines with his record-breaking numbers and internet love life, but the team is now getting its due.  
  
“Philly is doing plenty of interesting things,” Stein wrote. “Ersan Ilyasova and Robert Covington have combined to drain 51 threes over the past 10 games. The Sixers, as a team, have moved into the league's top 10 in defensive efficiency.”

Covington and Ilyasova are part of a new-look starting five along with Embiid, and guards T.J. McConnell and Nik Stauskas. McConnell and Stauskas had spent the majority of the season coming off the bench, but Stauskas has started the last 12 and McConnell 10 of the last 11 (McConnell was sidelined for one game with a wrist injury). The Sixers are 7-3 with that starting guard duo.
 
Despite the most recent loss to the Hawks, the Sixers have won four of their last eight victories by one possession. Giving them plenty of momentum to jump up ten spots from the last power ranking. 
 
The Sixers will be at home to play the Clippers this Tuesday night at 7 p.m. They will be without Joel Embid who continues to rest his injured left knee.