GREENVILLE - Sticking true to form of the season, another team faced ECU Saturday and put season highs in all offensive categories.

Temple came in 2-3 and averaging 16.2 points per game.

Saturday, the Owls dropped 34 points on the Pirates and amassed 523 yards of total offense, 179 rushing yards and 344 passing yards en route to a 34-10 victory at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.

Post game, ECU coach Scottie Montgomery's biggest beef with his team was their discipline more than schematic defense.

"One thing I was most disappointed with was our discipline," Montgomery said. "When I came here, I came to build a program built on that. I can tell you that the next football team we put on that field will be more disciplined. I don't know who it will be but I know that we'll be more disciplined."

The Temple receivers constantly broke open quickly after the ball was snapped on crossing routes, wheels and fades.

That's where Temple quarterback Logan Marchi did most of his damage, passing for his first career 300-yard plus game.

"They were giving us some things like single coverage matchups and with our receivers, we have to take our chances," Temple coach Geoff Collins said. "I think it could have been a bigger score but out of respect we just ran the clock and I'm proud of our guys and how they fought the whole game."

ECU's defense also didn't do something Saturday that the Owls did well - get off the field on third down.

ECU (1-5, 1-2 American Athletic Conference) converted just three of 14 third downs and Temple was 14-for-20.

"Our performance on third downs today was pitiful," Montgomery said.

"Their defensive line got after our offensive front quite a bit today and our receivers had a lot of drops."

In his first start, redshirt freshman linebacker Aaron Ramseur provided the Pirates' best play on defense, a near goal-line interception of Marchi.

Ramseur, who came from a powerhouse North Carolina high school program in Crest, isn't accustomed to losing.

"I've thought about that a lot honestly," Ramseur said.

"When you go to another level, it's different and all I was ever told was that you can't look at the past, you have to move forward and that's what we'll do."

Temple came into the game a 2.5-point favorite and rides back to Philadelphia with the 24-point victory after handling ECU arguably its worst loss of the season.

ECU will take on a high-powered offense next week on the road at Central Florida.

Jordan Honeycutt can be reached at 252-635-5670 or at jordan.honeycutt@newbernsj.com