By Michael Bennett

Temple held its annual Cherry and White Game yesterday on campus and 5,000 fans showed up!

The Cherry squad, which was coached by honorary guest and former Eagles offensive lineman Brian Baldinger, beat the White squad coached by former Temple running back Paul Palmer, 28-24.

“It was a very basic game,” coach Geoff Collins said. “We just wanted to see who would run, who would hit, who would tackle and who would block. That’s all I cared about today. And it was a great event in that regard. The kids competed. There was a bunch of different lineups that were involved.”

Collins said the game was “watered down” because he wanted the Owls’ young players to be able to play fast and get a simulated game experience.

Collins said the game intentionally had more pass plays than runs to avoid players getting in pileups near the line of scrimmage. Redshirt senior Frank Nutile completed 11-of-17 attempts for 117 yards. He lofted a 25-yard touchdown pass to junior wideout Randle Jones on the second-to-last play of the game.

For the white squad, redshirt freshman Todd Centeio (above) carried the ball nine times for 16 yards and completed two of his nine passes for 13 yards. Redshirt-sophomore quarterback Anthony Russo went 2-for-11 for 25 yards with a touchdown and an interception for the Cherry squad.