I question once again how much can be taken from the Temple-UConn game in Philadelphia but here is my best impression of how the game broke down.
Offense: The team didn't have the type of flow which they experienced in the Army game. The hurry-up offense which was used in Week 1 was almost completely abandoned partially due to the weather. That aside, running the ball with the tailbacks and not the QB will be necessary to keep defenses honest. Execution must also be improved, example we'll use is the 40yd. pass to Travis Shelton near the end of quarter 3 may have been enough to seal the game had it not been dropped. The weather was not perfect, but the drops turned into interceptions must be corrected.
A balanced attack is the best way to attack Buffalo, so the offense must get up and going immediately Saturday.
Defense: Again, tough to gauge progress when you play in such awful conditions, but what you can take away is that our ability to stop the run must be improved or we risk losing plenty of games. Teams who give up 214yds. rushing to a single tailback don't win at a high percentage. This week's matchup will test the ability of the front 7 to create pressure and fill gaps, while the secondary holds tight coverage.
Special Teams: Seemed to be the one consistent area of the game considering the weather conditions. The punt and kick coverage was acceptable and the return efforts were okay but the lack of fair catch calls in the weather bothered me. The kicking game was great, considering we were in the middle of a tropical storm.
Bottomline: UConn is a much better team than Army was, yet Temple played competitively but also showed some weaknesses that Buffalo will surely try to exploit. Temple is more than capable of winning in week 3, provided they manage to slow down a rushing attack that could be potent.