Miami To Get Peace and Quiet in Trip to Play Temple
PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ A week after a scary road trip to West Virginia, No. 22 Miami visits Temple, which hasn’t frightened anybody in quite some time.
The Owls (1-7) drew only 2,500 people to 65,000-seat Veterans Stadium for their last home game, which was homecoming. A similar crowd is expected Saturday for the Hurricanes (5-2).
It will be quite a contrast to Miami’s visit to West Virginia last week, when a trash can was hurled at the Hurricanes bench and an ambulance carrying injured running back Danyell Ferguson was jostled as it left Mountaineer Field.
Maybe the Mountaineers fans were just venting their displeasure at the unlikely way West Virginia fell from the ranks of the unbeaten in a 10-7 loss.
Miami’s Tremaine Mack, who has eight blocked or deflected kicks the last two seasons, blocked a West Virginia punt with 26 seconds left in the game. Nate Brooks took a lateral and returned it for the winning touchdown.
Second-year Hurricanes coach Butch Davis said he couldn’t compare the frenzy in Morgantown with the sleepy atmosphere at Temple games because it’s his first time playing the Owls in Philadelphia.
But he has ``vivid memories″ of coming to the Vet as an assistant coach with the Dallas Cowboys. ``With the Cowboys, we got thrown at. Batteries, slush balls, everything.″
The biggest chore for the Hurricanes will be to avoid snoozing against the Owls, who have won only one of the 36 Big East Conference games they have played.
``We’ve already had a frightening experience,″ Davis said, referring to Miami’s 31-6 loss at home to East Carolina on Oct. 19. ``We didn’t play up to our ability. I would be shocked if it happened again.″
Temple won its season opener against Eastern Michigan and has been outscored 248-129 in losing its next seven games.
Coach Ron Dickerson yanked four-year quarterback Henry Burris, Temple’s best offensive weapon, during last week’s 28-17 loss at Rutgers, but said Burris would start against the Hurricanes.
``A player with Henry’s character and personality just can’t be kept down long,″ Dickerson said. ``I think he realized he needed to come out of the game and he showed his commitment to the team by supporting (backup) Pat (Bonner) all the way.″
Miami quarterback Ryan Clement is playing with a separated shoulder, but Davis said he would start against Temple.
``I was impressed by the courageous effort of Clement, who was obviously playing through some pain (against West Virginia),″ Dickerson said. ``Any player that shows his teammates he is going to play on when he is injured has got to charge up a team.″