Temple's Matt Brown slowed by injury in Pitt game

Posted: October 28, 2012

PITTSBURGH - Matt Brown was back on the shelf.

Temple coach Steve Addazio said the tailback/return specialist was held out of the second half "because he tweaked his ankle again."

"He wanted to go back in on the kickoff return, and I just wouldn't let him do it," Addazio said after Saturday's 47-17 loss to Pittsburgh at Heinz Field. "It's my job to take care of him."

Brown, who is playing with a sprained left ankle, returned a kickoff 77 yards to the Panthers' 21-yard line in the first quarter, setting up the Owls' first touchdown.

Brown suffered the injury in the fourth quarter against South Florida on Oct. 6, then reinjured the ankle on the Owls' first kickoff return at Connecticut on Oct. 13. Brown was sidelined the rest of that game.

He returned last week against Rutgers, where he had 99 all-purpose yards.

He has not carried the ball on offense since the South Florida game.

"I get angry a lot," Brown said of being limited by the injury. "But I can only do what I'm able to do."

Fitzpatrick's role

Addazio talked all week about getting Jalen Fitzpatrick more involved in the offense.

The sophomore receiver responded with a career-high six receptions for 55 yards. The Harrisburg native also had a carry for zero yards and returned two kickoffs for 29 yards.

If there was a negative to his performance, it was going out of bounds at Temple's 6-yard line after gaining a yard on a kickoff return.

"I felt like there's probably more plays that I could have made," Fitzpatrick said of his receptions. "But it's hard when you lose. It really doesn't mean much when you lose."

More Juice

For the second consecutive week, Juice Granger replaced Chris Coyer at quarterback in the fourth quarter.

The redshirt junior came in during Temple's second possession of the fourth quarter. He completed 2 of 3 passes for 52 yards. The George Washington High product also had seven carries for 35 yards.

Coyer completed 16 of 25 passes for 143 yards and a touchdown. He was sacked three times. The redshirt junior had eight carries for 22 yards.

Unlike last week, Coyer wasn't benched because of a poor performance.

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