Oct 102010
Temple RB Matt Brown

Temple RB Matt Brown

October 10 Philadelphia Inquirer:

DEKALB, Ill. – Temple learned the hard way Saturday why Northern Illinois is the dominant offensive team in the Mid-American Conference. The Owls also learned that scoring opportunities cannot be squandered.

The Owls (4-2, 1-1 MAC) could not stop Northern Illinois’ offense on the ground or in the air as the Huskies broke away in the second half to overpower Temple, 31-17, at Huskie Stadium.

“They were better than us, they were tougher,” Owls coach Al Golden said. “They made plays when they had to, they played with more discipline, and they played smarter.”

The game took an ominous turn for the Owls on the first series of the second half with the game tied at 17. The Owls drove to the NIU 25, but the drive stalled and kicker Brandon McManus was wide left on a 42-yard field-goal attempt.

“The momentum shifted,” said quarterback Chester Stewart, who was 13 for 27 for 148 yards and a touchdown with one interception. “Once we didn’t score immediately, the guys kind of panicked. We just didn’t execute.”

The Huskies responded with a 10-play drive that ended when quarterback Chandler Harnish found Nathan Palmer, who beat double coverage, in the end zone on a post pattern.

That play gave Northern Illinois the lead for good, though Temple had a golden opportunity to get back in the game. But some crucial mistakes crept up at the wrong time.

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