By Mary Cunningham
Stony Brook is no Army, which beat Temple last weekend.
And the Owls are in need of a quick reversal in their fortunes before their 2016 season disappears down the drain:
When: Saturday, September 10 – 1:00 p.m. ET
Where: Lincoln Financial Field
TV Broadcast: ESPN3
Temple’s defense was ran over by the Army rushing attack in its opener, giving up 329 yards in a 28-13 loss to the Black Knights. On the other side, the running game was nowhere to be seen for the Owls, gaining only 83 yards on the ground.
The Seawolves defeated North Dakota 13-9 by using a great defensive effort led by defensive back Jaheem Woods. Woods recorded 11 tackles and a pair of sacks, earning CAA Defensive Player of the Week. Quarterback Joe Carbone will try to revive an offense that mustered only 221 yards in its opener.
The Owls must find a way to put some yards together and points on the board with the offense. Stony Brook’s defense is not that bad, and if Temple wants to avoid going 0-2, quarterback Phillip Walker has to step up after a horrible game where he threw three interceptions compared to zero touchdowns.
Linebacker Jarred Alwan will try to create some noise against Carbone and the offensive backfield while nose tackle Averee Robinson will provide pressure up front.
The same thing can be said about the Seawolves’ offense. It was mediocre in the opener, gaining just 62 yards rushing the ball. Running back Stacey Bedell has to be better for Stony Brook to have a chance at winning its second game ever against a FBS team.
Linebacker Shayne Lawless recorded nine tackles against North Dakota in the opener, including two for a loss. Combined, he and Woods accounted for 20 total tackles.
Matchup To Watch
Shayne Lawless vs. Phillip Walker
Lawless can put pressure on the quarterback, but also play a role at the second level that confuses the passer. If Walker doesn’t pay attention to him, Lawless could have another big game.