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(Saturday, October 13)
Final Score: Temple 17, Connecticut 14 (OT)
East Hartford, CT (Sports Network) - Montel Harris rushed for 142 yards and a touchdown as Temple came from behind for a thrilling 17-14 overtime conference victory over Connecticut at Rentschler Field.
Harris carried the ball 30 times for the Owls(3-2, 2-0 Big East) while Chris Coyer added 51 yards on 17 carries. Coyer was 13-of-26 for 132 yards, a touchdown, and an interception. His lone touchdown pass went to Jalen Fitzpatrick who had three catches for 34 yards.
Chandler Whitmer played well for the Huskies(3-4, 0-2) in their defeat. He was 22-of-39 for 293 yards and two touchdowns. Shakim Phillips had 100 yards receiving on seven receptions. Ryan Griffin and Michael Smith each had a touchdown catch while Griffin had 67 yards on two catches and Smith had 54 yards on five catches. Max DeLorenzo carried the ball 23 times for 91 yards as UConn took a rough loss.
Whitmer got the Huskies going early on with two touchdown passes in the first quarter. He found Smith for a 15-yard touchdown and Griffin for a 42-yard touchdown to give UConn a 14-0 advantage after heading into the second frame.
To help the Owls before the half, Harris rushed for a 24-yard touchdown that finished off a six-play, 80-yard drive and cut Temple's halftime deficit to seven.
In the second half, Temple was forced to punt four times, turned the ball over on downs twice, and gave away an interception while UConn was forced to punt four times, lost the ball on a fumble, and watched Chad Christen miss two field goals.
In a game that was defined by exceptional defense from both sides, the Huskies held their first half lead until the final minute of the fourth quarter when Coyer drove the Owls 72 yards down the field on 12 plays and punctuated the drive with a 14 yard touchdown pass to Fitzpatrick. Following the extra point the game was tied 14-14 and progressed into overtime.
In overtime, the Huskies got the ball first but Temple's defense continued it's great play. The Owls managed to hold UConn to a 28-yard field goal attempt which was missed by Christen.
Temple walked away with the victory as Brandon McManus kicked in a 29-yard field goal to lift the Owls past UConn.
Christen was 0-4 on field goal attempts in the contest. The win snapped a two- game losing streak for the Owls. UConn has now lost two in a row.
10/13 17:41:20 ET
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