Temple-Bowling Green: Smiths Edition

Temple-Bowling Green: Smiths Edition

The Owls (5-2, 3-1) will look to put together their first three-game winning streak of the season when they take on the Bowling Green Falcons (3-4, 1-2) this afternoon on the Turf of Doyt Perry Stadium in Bowling Green, Ohio.

Kick-off is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. and can be seen on ESPN3.com, or, if you're reading this from the great state of Ohio, the Buckeye Cable Sports Network. As always, you can listen to Harry and Steve on 1210 AM.

Temple is favored by 13 1/2 today over a Bowling Green team that has lost its last three straight, dropping games to West Virginia, Western Michigan and MAC West leader Toledo. The over/under varies between 48 and 48 1/2.

As RB Bernard Pierce is certainly a key figure in every game, it will be the Falcon run defense who could play the biggest role on Saturday. Having given up a combined 629 yards on the ground in just the last two weeks, the unit will no doubt have it hands full.

And Pierce won't be their only problem, either. Second-string rusher Matt Brown has been looking stronger and stronger as the season has progressed. After a tumultuous offseason that resulted in two separate suspensions and a rumored near-dismissal from the team, Brown appears to have his head on straight and his legs fully under him. He and Pierce have both rushed for more than 100-yards each in the last two weeks.

Successfully running the ball will allow Temple QB Chester Stewart to continue his recent history of completing check downs, quick crossing patterns and play-action roll outs. Though he's had some trouble throwing down field nearly his entire Temple career, he's been quite good this season staying within himself.

Stopping this Temple offense involves forcing Stewart to consistently throw the ball down the field. But if Pierce and Brown cannot be stopped, and Stewart is allowed to chip away on screen passes to the tight ends, then then Falcons will, more or less, be sunk.

An already immensely talented Temple defense only benefits further from its offense controlling the time of possession. The Buffalo game was a textbook exercise in how coach Steve Addazio and the Owls would like to play every week.

Run the football. Control the clock. Wear down the opposition. Keep the defense fresh. Prevent their offense from ever getting into a rhythm.

There are teams in the MAC strong enough to stop the Owls from executing that plan. Just review the Toledo game tape for a perfect example. But fortunately for the Owls, and unfortunately for the Falcons, Bowling Green doesn't seem like the squad to do it.

Union drop season finale, but still clinch playoff spot

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Union drop season finale, but still clinch playoff spot

CHESTER, Pa. -- With little to gain in the Eastern Conference playoff picture, the Union went into Sunday’s match looking for a spark.

Instead, they found more of the same.

Bradley Wright-Phillips continued his scoring dominance over MLS, as the Red Bulls easily dispatched the lifeless Union, 2-0, in the regular season finale at Talen Energy Stadium.

The Union, who have clinched a playoff spot for the first time since 2011, enter the postseason riding a seven-game winless run and three-game losing streak. They will face Toronto FC in a one-game playoff at BMO Field on Wednesday or Thursday.

The Red Bulls clinched a first-round BYE and the No. 1 seed in the East.

With the playoffs practically clinched heading into the match, Union manager Jim Curtin selected to start Roland Alberg for Tranquillo Barnetta, Fabian Herbers for C.J. Sapong and Eric Ayuk for Chris Pontius.

But the fresh legs wouldn’t help the Union, as Wright-Phillips notched his 24th goal of the season in the 26th minute. Aurelien Collin split the Union defense with a brilliant pass that broke the MLS leading scorer on a breakaway. Chipping the ball over an aggressive Andre Blake, Wright-Phillips followed up the volley for the 1-0 Red Bulls lead.

Alex Muyl doubled the Red Bulls’ lead in the 57th minute.

Though he didn’t need the scoring effort on Sunday, for the second time in three seasons, Wright-Phillips won the MLS Golden Boot for the most goals, edging out New York City FC’s David Villa. Luis Robles earned the five-save shutout.

What in the world was Carson Wentz wearing after win over Vikings?

What in the world was Carson Wentz wearing after win over Vikings?

While Carson Wentz may not have got a failing grade for his play on the field against the Vikings on Sunday, he bombed the sartorial decision he made postgame. 

Wentz wore a bold blue check sports coat over what looked like an Under Armour v-neck.

The consensus on TV and Twitter may have been that Wentz bombed, there was one big supporter in the locker room.

According to a source, Eagles owner Jeff Lurie actually complimented Wentz on the blazer after the win.


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