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Temple coach: 'We ran out the clock'

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Temple's David Hood runs against East Carolina's Tim Irvin on Saturday at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.

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By RONNIE WOODWARD
The Daily Reflector

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Temple ran away with a 34-10 victory over East Carolina on Saturday, which was largely attributed to a huge second quarter by Temple that ended with the visitors holding a 24-3 lead.

From there, the Owls mainly coasted to the win and, according to first-year head coach Geoff Collins, were intent on not creating a larger margin of victory.

“I think it could have been a bigger score, but out of respect, we just ran out the clock and (I’m) proud of our guys and how they fought the whole game,” he said.

Both coaches discussed the importance of third-down conversions. The Owls (3-3) finished 14-of-20 on third down and ECU (1-5) was 3-of-14.

“Our big emphasis was to start fast, take care of the football and on third down we had to convert and when they were on third down we had to get off the field because (ECU has) an explosive offense,” Collins said. “I thought we did all of those things. We ran the ball well and finished the game.”

Hall of Fame

Rick Kobe retired in June, and he already is in the East Carolina Athletics Hall of Fame.

Kobe, who was ECU’s head swimming and diving coach for 35 seasons and won 11 conference championships, was joined by Andrew Bayes, Derrick Ingram and Meghan McCallion at halftime of Saturday’s football game to be recognized as this year’s four-person class inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame.

Kobe retired at No. 4 on the NCAA swimming all-time wins list with 539 victories, capping his career by leading the Pirates’ men’s squad to the last three American Athletic Conference championships. His former assistant and a swimmer for the Pirates, Matthew Jabs, now is head coach of the team.

Bayes was a punter for coach Steve Logan and ECU football in the 1990s, earning All-American status as a senior in 1999. Ingram was an All-American in track, and he was named to the Colonial Athletic Association silver anniversary team in 2010.

McCallion is the second women’s soccer player to enter East Carolina’s hall. She was a two-time All-Conference USA player.

Shifts, moves

Continuing a season-long theme, ECU put out some different looks on defense to try and produce better results. It mostly was ineffective against an Owls team that came in averaging 295.8 yards per game and totaled 523 against the Pirates.

Pirate leading tackler and senior Jordan Williams is banged up and was benched at mike linebacker in favor of freshman Aaron Ramseur, who snared an interception during the first quarter and finished tied for the team-high with 11 tackles. Usual starter Cannon Gibbs was the other starter at linebacker, but the backups there were Williams and seldom-used senior Anthony Gutierrez.

“Jordan is really beat up, and we are trying to get a lot of guys in there,” Pirate head coach Scottie Montgomery said. “There are a lot of 1-on-1 plays for them, right now, in offense versus our defense. That’s concerning, because we have to continue to go play with the same people.”

On offense, true freshman Darius Pinnix started at running back and had a strong first drive that ended with an East Carolina field goal, but the run game faded from there and Pinnix finished with seven carries for a team-best 30 yards. Usual backfield starter Tyshon Dye didn’t hit the field until late in the second quarter for a lone carry of minus-2 yards, and instead it was Hussein Howe second in the pecking order with four rushes totaling 10 yards.

Quarterback Thomas Sirk was sacked four times, leading to him having a minus-14 rushing total on nine attempts.

Contact Ronnie Woodward at rwoodward@reflector.com, 252-329-9592 and follow @RonnieW11 on Twitter.

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