- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 29, 2009

TEMPLE (9-3) vs. UCLA (6-6)

4:30 p.m., RFK Stadium, ESPN, AM-1500

STARTERS

TEMPLE

Offense

QB - 7 - Chester Stewart

TB - 30 - Bernard Pierce

WR-X - 23 - James Nixon

WR-Z - 26 - Joe Jones

SLOT - 10 - Delano Green

TE - 86 - Steve Maneri

LT - 73 - Devin Tyler

LG - 76 - Steve Caputo

C - 77 - John Palumbo

RG - 70 - Colin Madison

RT - 71 - Darius Morris

Defense

DE - 43 - Adrian Robinson

DT - 96 - Muhammad Wilkerson

NT - 2 - Andre Neblett

DE - 56 - Amara Kamara

OLB - 46 - John Haley

MLB - 4 - Alex Joseph

OLB - 40 - Jordan Martin

CB - 16 - Maurice Jones

CB - 37 - Kevin Kroboth

SS - 6 - Dominique Harris

FS - 5 - Jaiquawn Jarrett

Special teams

K/KO - 19 - Brandon McManus

P - 49 - Jeff Wathne

KOR - 22 - Matt Brown

PR - 10 - Delano Green

STARTERS

UCLA

Offense

QB - 14 - Kevin Prince

TB - 33 - Derrick Coleman

FB - 42 - Chane Moline

SE - 82 - Taylor Embree

FL - 4 - Terrence Austin

TE - 86 - Logan Paulsen

LT - 56 - Xavier Su’a-Filo

LG - 60 - Jeff Baca

C - 57 - Jake Dean

RG - 75 - Nick Ekbatani

RT - 65 - Mike Harris

Defense

DE - 56 - Datone Jones

DT - 92 - Brian Price

DT - 90 - Jerzy Siewierski

DE - 55 - Korey Bosworth

OLB - 10 - Akeem Ayers

MLB - 51 - Reggie Carter

OLB - 54 - Kyle Bosworth

CB - 22 - Sheldon Price

CB - 1 - Alterraun Verner

SS - 6 - Tony Dye

FS - 3 - Rahim Moore

Special teams

K - 25 - Kai Forbath

P/KO - 18 - Jeff Locke

KR/PR - 4 - Terrence Austin

SCHEDULE

Temple

Sept. 3 - Villanova L, 27-24

Sept. 19 - at Penn State L, 31-6

Sept. 26 - Buffalo W, 37-13

Oct. 3 - at Eastern Michigan W, 24-12

Oct. 10 - Ball State W, 24-19

Oct. 17 - Army W, 27-13

Oct. 24 - at Toledo W, 40-24

Oct. 31 - at Navy W, 27-24

Nov. 5 - Miami (Ohio) W, 34-32

Nov. 13 - at Akron W, 56-17

Nov. 21 - Kent State W, 47-13

Nov. 27 - at Ohio L, 35-17

Dec. 29 - vs. UCLA# 4:30 p.m.

# RFK Stadium

SCHEDULE

UCLA

Sept. 5 - San Diego State W, 33-14

Sept. 12 - at Tennessee W, 19-15

Sept. 19 - Kansas State W, 23-9

Oct. 3 - at Stanford L, 24-16

Oct. 10 - Oregon L, 24-10

Oct. 17 - California L, 45-26

Oct. 24 - at Arizona L, 27-13

Oct. 31 - at Oregon State L, 26-19

Nov. 7 - Washington W, 24-23

Nov. 14 - at Washington State W, 43-7

Nov. 21 - Arizona State W, 23-13

Nov. 28 - at Southern California L, 28-7

Dec. 29 - vs. Temple #4:30 p.m.

# RFK Stadium

LEADERS

Temple

Passing (C-A) Yards TD-INT

Vaughn Charlton (94-190) 1,231 9-9

Chester Stewart (26-65) 514 3-3

Rushing Att.-Yards TD

Bernard Pierce 224-1,308 15

Matt Brown 69-446 4

Receiving Rec.-Yards TD

Michael Campbell 25-404 3

Joe Jones 27-382 1

UCLA

Passing (C-A) Yards TD-INT

Kevin Prince (157-277) 1,829 6-7

Kevin Craft (60-107) 722 2-3

RushingAtt.-Yards TD

Johnathan Franklin 123-560 5

Derrick Coleman 53-241 1

ReceivingRec.-Yards TD

Nelson Rosario 38-657 1

Taylor Embree 43-580 2

MATCHUP TO WATCH

Temple TB Bernard Pierce vs. UCLA DT Brian Price

It doesn’t always occur that a pair of teams that are complete strangers happen to have their marquee players go head-to-head. It does here.

Pierce set a Temple freshman record with 1,308 yards, and his six 100-yard games have him nearly a third of the way to Paul Palmer’s school record of 21 for a career. His signature performance was a 267-yard outburst at Navy to help the Owls clinch bowl eligibility, and it was done behind a burly line featuring five 300-pounders.

Still, Temple hasn’t faced an interior force the likes of Price, the Pac-10’s defensive player of the year. Price has 22.5 tackles for loss this season and 34.5 TFLs in his past 21 games dating back to last season.

If the Owls can generate some push in the middle of the line, their chances of collecting a victory will increase significantly. Otherwise, Pierce probably will be forced to rumble to the outside if he is to inflict as much as damage as usual.

NUGGETS

Temple

*The fifth-year seniors in Temple’s program have been part of a substantial turnaround. Including 2005, 2006 and the first month of the 2007 season, the Owls were a woeful 1-27. Since then, Temple is 18-13, including a nine-game winning streak this season. With a victory Tuesday, the Owls would match the 1979 team with 10 wins, most in school history.

*The Owls do a pair of things that are usually indicative of success - run and stop the run. Temple ranks 23rd nationally in rushing offense, rolling up 192.33 yards a game on the ground. The Owls are even better against the run, holding foes to 108.83 yards a game. Take out games against the option-based offenses of Army and Navy, and the average falls to 89.8 yards.

*Temple is making only its third bowl appearance ever and its first in 30 years. All of the Owls’ bowl appearances were in nascent games. Temple lost in 1935 in the first Sugar Bowl, a 20-14 setback against Tulane. The Owls later beat California 28-17 in the second Garden State Bowl.

UCLA

*After UCLA struggled at quarterback last season, Kevin Prince has at least stabilized the position - particularly for a redshirt freshman. Prince has thrown for 300 yards on three occasions, only the second freshman quarterback in Bruins history to do so. The other was Tommy Maddox, who did it three times in 1990.

*Kicker Kai Forbath is nearly automatic for the Bruins. He has made 35 consecutive attempts inside of 50 yards, and dating to last season he has connected on 39 of 42 attempts overall. The Lou Groza Award winner ranks second in the country in field goals a game (2.17), has a field goal percentage of .897 and has accounted for 39 percent of UCLA’s scoring this season.

*UCLA is 13-15-1 all-time in bowl games and has lost in six of its last eight trips to the postseason. This is the Bruins’ first true East Coast bowl, although they made an appearance on this side of the Mississippi while losing the 1976 Liberty Bowl to Alabama. UCLA has never played a Mid-American Conference opponent in the postseason.

COACHES

Temple

Al Golden, fourth season, 19-29

The 40-year-old Golden is the architect of reviving Temple, a longtime doormat booted from the Big East earlier this decade. After inheriting a winless team, Golden began improving the Owls, moving them from woeful to feisty to dangerous in three seasons. Also Temple’s special teams coordinator, Golden interviewed for the UCLA job when it opened two seasons ago. He’s making his postseason debut as a head coach.

UCLA

Rick Neuheisel, second season, 10-14 (76-44 overall)

Neuheisel, the former coach at Colorado and Washington, returned to his alma mater two years ago after a three-year stint as an assistant with the Baltimore Ravens. With a staff featuring offensive coordinator Norm Chow, Neuheisel’s first season in Westwood finished with a 4-8 record. But after rebounding this year, Neuheisel is looking to improve upon a career 4-3 postseason record.

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