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Temple sees wheels fall off at Notre Dame in Geoff Collins' debut

Temple sees wheels fall off at Notre Dame in Geoff Collins' debut


SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Logan Marchi took every snap at quarterback for Temple in Saturday’s 49-16 season-opening loss at Notre Dame and ended up one of the brighter spots on a dim day for the Owls, but even those two facts netted the redshirt sophomore no assurances for next week.

And he insists he’s OK with that.

“Yeah, guys compete every day for a spot,” Marchi said. “That’s football and you gotta (stay) ready.”

On an afternoon that was disastrous for the Owls on defense and spotty on offense, Marchi was relatively steady, completing 19 of 35 passes for 245 yards with two touchdowns (see observations). He had attempted just four passes in his collegiate career heading into the day.

“You guys are going to get tired of me saying it, but every single thing we do is evaluated on a week-to-week basis,” first-year Temple coach Geoff Collins said of whether Marchi earned another start in next Saturday’s home opener against Villanova.

“How you practice, how you prepare, how you perform in all your reps throughout the week (go into the decision).”

Temple suffered its most lopsided defeat since a 45-3 loss at Penn State in 2008.

The Owls’ defense was shredded to the tune of 606 yards, or 8.2 per play. The Irish, coming off a 4-8 season, had three players each rush for over 100 yards (including Josh Adams at 161 on 19 carries with two touchdowns), while redshirt sophomore quarterback Brandon Wimbush added another 184 yards and two TDs through the air in his first action since 2015.

On the other side, the Temple offense was far from faultless. It was limited to 330 yards, allowed Marchi to be sacked three times, committed multiple key penalties and coughed up a turnover, but still outshone the team’s defense.

“I think I played all right,” said Marchi, who did badly misfire toward open receivers a few times. “I missed a couple routine throws. … I think we gotta execute a little more on offense and help the defense out, stay on the field, give the defense some rest.”

“Logan was playing good, so we didn’t really talk about it,” Collins said of why he never made a change at QB despite a large deficit and having declared four QBs ready to play.

“He had us under control. He was composed. I thought he was changing the rhythm, the cadence, trying to keep (the defense) off balance. I was happy with that.”

Marchi compiled his numbers despite injured star receiver Ventell Bryant missing the game. Collins said that up until Friday, the Owls were holding out hope the junior might be ready.

“Ventell’s a great player, so any time he’s not on the field, it’s a lost opportunity for him, but I thought the other guys stepped up,” Marchi said. “We have a great receiving corps, got great depth at receiver.”

Sophomore do-it-all wideout Isaiah Wright gathered four catches for 79 yards to lead Temple, while senior receiver Keith Kirkwood had four for 60 and a touchdown.

“It was rewarding, exciting to finally hear the news (after) a long battle,” Marchi said of getting the starting nod over junior Frank Nutile, redshirt freshman Anthony Russo and true freshman Todd Centeio, “but those guys also did a great job and they’re ready to play. We’re all ready to play.”

Collins, meanwhile, thinks his defense is more ready than it showed Saturday.

“The beginning was bad and the wheels fell off at the end,” said Collins, who became recognized as a defensive guru during his more than two decades as a college assistant. “But the in-between was pretty good.”

Collins attributed Saturday’s porous defensive showing to a combination that included Notre Dame’s offensive weaponry, ND’s offensive line and his team’s poor angles, among other things.

“I didn’t think we tackled the way we have all preseason,” Collins said, “but we’ll get it corrected.”

Temple put back on its heels in AAC tourney ouster

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Temple put back on its heels in AAC tourney ouster


ORLANDO, Fla. -- No. 11 Wichita State has advanced to the semifinals of American Athletic Conference tournament.


Landry Shamet scored 24 points, Rashard Kelly had 16 and the Shockers held off pesky Temple for an 89-81 victory on Friday night.

Wichita State (25-6) also got a strong performance from its reserves, including 13 points from Austin Reaves. Next up is the winner of the Houston-Central Florida game.

The Shockers won two of three against the Owls this season, and the outcome was in doubt every time.

"We certainly do bring out the best in them," Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall said. "The bottom line is that they make a lot of shots against us, but we usually do get great contributions from our bench. We go 10 or 11 deep and that's a good thing."

Wichita State led 78-75 with 2:23 left and closed it out with 11 foul shots.

Temple stayed close with its perimeter shooting. The Owls went 11 of 24 from 3-pointg range and shot 50.9 percent from the field overall.

Quinton Rose led Temple (17-15) with 25 points. Shizz Alston and Josh Brown each had 15 points for the Owls, who didn't have enough depth to keep pace with Wichita State in the final minutes.

"I loved our fight, I loved how we were hanging with them each and every moment," Temple coach Fran Dunphy said. "I think late we just needed another basket, another stop, but they're a really good basketball team. They made some veteran plays at the right time."

The Shockers were clinging to a 63-61 lead with eight minutes to play when Reaves, fellow reserve Markis McDuffie and Kelly powered a key 13-3 run. The three combined for 11 points in the surge and helped cool off Rose while leading Wichita State to a 76-64 advantage with just over four minutes remaining.

Shaquille Morris made two foul shots to put the Shockers up 55-45 early in the second half, but the Owls rallied behind Rose. The sophomore guard scored 12 of his team's next 14 points to cut the deficit to 61-59 with 9:10 left.

"Quinton did a great job in that stretch and got us where we needed to be," Dunphy said. "But again, we needed a little better effort at the defensive end and just be a little smarter."

Big picture
Temple: The Owls had some nice early season wins -- Wisconsin, Clemson, Auburn, South Carolina -- but need to take the next step in the conference season. The Owls were only 8-10 in AAC play.

Wichita State: The Shockers are aching for a rematch with top-seeded Cincinnati, but first they'll have to get past the winner of the Houston-UCF game and they've struggled with both. Houston handed Wichita State its worst loss of the season, and UCF took the Shockers to overtime before losing in the second-to-last game of the regular season. Wichita State will need another good night from its reserves to reach the finals.

Temple narrowly avoids disaster

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Temple narrowly avoids disaster


ORLANDO, Fla. -- Shizz Alston Jr. hit three free throws in the final minute and Temple avoided being upset by a lower seed in the first round of the American Athletic Conference Tournament for the second year in a row, holding off Tulane 82-77 Thursday night.

Temple, the No. 7 seed, advances to face second-seeded Wichita State on Friday in the tourney quarterfinals.

Last year the eighth-seeded Owls were upset by No. 9 seed ECU.

Nate Pierre-Louis made a free throw with 1:01 left to give Temple a 77-71 lead, but the 10th-seeded Green Wave roared back behind two Cameron Reynolds 3-pointers sandwiched around an Alston free throw to make it 78-77 with :37 remaining. Alston was fouled with :16 left and hit both free throws to make it 80-77, and Caleb Daniels missed a 3 with :05 left that would have tied the game. Josh Brown added two free throws with a second left to set the final score.

Obi Enechionyia led the Owls (17-14) with 19 points. Alston added 17 points and dished eight assists and Brown added 15 points, six boards, three assists and two steals.

Reynolds hit 3 of 7 from distance and paced Tulane (14-17) with 22 points. Melvin Frazier added 15 points and Samir Sehic and Ray Ona Embo added 11 and 10 points, respectively.