October 31, 2020 –
The Temple Owls knew they would be without many players. There is the COVID protocol, but injures also kept key players Anthony Russo and Isaiah Graham-Mobley off the field. The undermanned Owls fell 38 – 3 at Tulane. The circumstances dictated that it was going to be tough going for the Cherry and White.
“It’s a tough minded group,” said Temple Coach Rod Carey. “We going to control the things we can control. That’s what I just told them in the locker room. I haven’t been around a team that is this tough minded. And never had a team that has been through something like this, none of us have. It is a tough minded team.”
But the bottom line was simply the team did not perform well on the field.
Quarterbacks Trad Beatty and Re-al Mitchell had to handle the offense. Temple struggled moving the ball all afternoon getting only 222 total offensive yards and 11 first downs. The Cherry and White could only muster 77 rushing yards as running back Re’Mahn Davis was limited to 15 yards on the ground. Beatty, who threw for 122 yards, felt it was a matter of execution.
“We started off well, then it came down to an execution thing for me,” Beatty said. “We were moving the ball well at the beginning of the game but unfortunately we weren’t able to do that continuously.”
Yet, the Owls were behind 10 – 3 late in the third quarter. Then the Green Wave would score twice late in the third quarter on touchdown passes from Michael Pratt to Duece Watts of 31 and 5 yards. Tulane closed the game with two more fourth quarter scores.
Pratt had 205 yards in the air completing 12 of 21. He gained 56 yards on the ground and crossed the goal line once more. Five of his passes went to Watts who had 5 catches for 114 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Green Wave swept across the field for 504 total yards of offense.
The Owls will need to bounce back from the loss and injury. The next game is a home game against SMU which was moved to Saturday, November 7 at at noon the Linc. The team will need to rely on inner strength and resiliency.
“We have to step up to the plate and accept the challenge,” said defensive back Christian Braswell. “We will do what we have to do.”
Written By: Glenn Papazian