Temple isn't looking past Buffalo

Posted: October 22, 2010

Buffalo coach Jeff Quinn, whose team hosts Temple on Saturday in a Mid-American Conference game, was asked to put himself in Al Golden's shoes as the Owls coach watched Bowling Green try a two-point conversion that would have given the Falcons a one-point win Saturday.

Instead, the Owls got away with a 28-27 victory when defensive back Marquise Liverpool knocked down a pass on the last play of the game.

"I've been down that road before," said a laughing Quinn, who is in his first season at Buffalo after serving as offensive coordinator and offensive line coach for three years at Cincinnati. "Whether it's going for two or stopping a two, or field goals. You put your kids in all kinds of scenarios at practice, and you hope that the kids are prepared for that moment."

Under Golden, Temple has experienced endings at Buffalo its last two visits that were not of the Bowling Green variety.

In 2006, Golden's first season, the Owls lost in overtime. In '08, the Bulls pulled off a Hail Mary pass at the end of regulation to win.

Last season, Temple's 37-13 victory over Buffalo at Lincoln Financial Field snapped a three-game losing streak against the Bulls. The Owls led by 20-6 at intermission and by 30-6 after three quarters.

Going into this year's meeting, the Owls are 5-2 overall and 2-1 in the MAC. They trail 3-0 Miami of Ohio and 3-1 Ohio in the league's East Division. Temple was picked to take the division crown and the conference championship.

Buffalo is coming off a 45-14 loss at Northern Illinois, where Temple was defeated, 31-17, the previous week.

"They're going to be one of the best teams we'll face all year," said Quinn, whose team is 2-4 and 1-1. "They can make a solid run at the title. We will have to come with our 'A' game. Northern Illinois was a very good football team, and we didn't do anything to help ourselves. It's not from a lack of effort. Our kids are playing hard. We're just not playing smart."

Like Golden, who earlier this week was undecided whether incumbent Chester Stewart or Mike Gerardi would start for Temple at quarterback, Quinn was undecided about the same position on his team.

Sophomore Jerry Davis and freshman Alex Zordich combined to go 9 for 26 for 120 yards in the Bulls' last outing.

"It's day-to-day, and we'll continue to see how they both progress," Quinn said. "And we'll develop them both."

Golden expressed similar sentiments.

"Until the quarterback position looks the way we want it to look, we're going to keep working and make sure we have the right combination there," Golden said.

Golden said that Buffalo, which defeated Bowling Green on the road, 28-26, on Oct. 2, will come to play.

"Right now, it's Buffalo staring at us, and we'll get their best like we get everybody else's," Golden said. "Every week is a season right now. They have a new coach, and they're playing hard and with energy. This team is completely different from last year, but they always have that physical element. Obviously, they beat the team that almost beat us, so we'll have to get in gear and get going."


Contact staff writer Kevin Tatum at 215-854-2583

or ktatum@phillynews.com.

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