Lincoln Financial Field (68,532/Natural Grass)
Saturday, October 6 • Noon • BIG EAST Network
Television - WATCH LIVE
BIG EAST Network Game of the Week
Eamon McAnaney, David Diaz-Infante and Paul Carcaterra
WFLA-AM 970 (flagship)
Sirius 117; XM 202
WPHT-AM 1210 (flagship)
Saturday’s game will be the first meeting on the gridiron between USF and Temple … USF and Temple are the only current BIG EAST schools that have not faced each other previously … It will be the first BIG EAST game for Temple since the 2004 season.
USF (2-3, 0-1 BIG EAST)
Skip Holtz (Notre Dame ’86)
15-14, third season at USF
87-64, 13th season as collegiate head coach
USF opened its season with back-to-back wins, but the Bulls try to snap a three-game losing streak with the trip to Philadelphia … USF is 1-1 on the road this season with a win at Nevada Sept. 8 (32-31) and a loss to Ball State Sept. 22 (31-27) … USF plays four of its next six games on the road, beginning with Saturday’s game at Temple … The Bulls have dropped their last three BIG EAST games, dating to last season … USF is led offensively by QB B.J. Daniels, who is averaging 257.0 passing yards and 54.2 rushing yards per game … Daniels is third in the BIG EAST in total offense (311.2 yards per game) and has thrown nine touchdowns with seven interceptions … Daniels and RB Demetris Murray have a team-high three rushing touchdowns each … WR Andre Davis is fourth in the BIG EAST in receptions (4.8 per game) and has a team-high three touchdown catches … WR Terrence Mitchell has a team-high 318 receiving yards and is sixth in the BIG EAST at 63.6 yards per game … LB DeDe Lattimore leads a veteran defense with 39 tackles, including 2.5 sacks and 4.5 tackles for loss … LB Sam Barrington has made 32 stops with 3.0 TFL … K Maikon Bonani has gone 5-for-5 on field goal tries this season and has made his last 12 attempts, dating to last year.
Steve Addazio (Central Connecticut ’81)
10-6, second season
Temple looks to bounce back from a two-game losing streak following the Owls’ 24-13 setback at Penn State Sept. 22 … Temple had won five straight, dating to last season, before falling to Maryland Sept. 8 … The Owls rank eighth in the BIG EAST in offense, averaging 276.3 yards per game … Temple is one of two BIG EAST teams (Cincinnati) that has more rushing yards than passing yards … Temple had eight true freshmen and seven redshirt freshmen see action against Penn State … The Owls average 155.3 rushing yards per game, with RB Matt Brown averaging 67.3 yards per game … QB Chris Coyer is the team’s second-leading rusher, at 65.7 yards per game, and has passed for 363 yards and four touchdowns with one interception … The Owls’ top receiver is WR Jalen Fitzpatrick, who has six catches for 128 yards and a touchdown … The defense has been led by LB Nate D. Smith, a redshirt freshman who has a team-high 21 tackles … CB Justin Gildea and LB Anthony Robey have a team-high three pass breakups each … K/P Brandon McManus has made 6-of 7 field goal attempts and is the BIG EAST’s leading scorer at 9.0 points per game … McManus also leads the conference in punting at 47.1 yards per punt.