Temple at Connecticut

Temple 17, UConn 14, OT


EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Brandon McManus kicked a 29-yard field goal in overtime and Temple, which trailed for most of the game Saturday, came from behind to beat Connecticut 17-14.

Boston College transfer Montel Harris ran 30 times for 142 yards and a touchdown for the Owls (3-2, 2-0 Big East), who held UConn (3-4, 0-2) to two first-quarter touchdowns.

The Huskies' Chad Christen missed four field goal attempts, including a 28-yarder on UConn's overtime possession.

Chandler Whitmer threw for 293 yards and both of UConn's scores, and Max DeLorenzo had 91 yards rushing for the Huskies.

Temple, which has won two consecutive Big East games for the first time in program history, trailed until Jalen Fitzpatrick caught a 14-yard touchdown pass from Chris Coyer with 19 seconds in regulation.

The touchdown was set up by a 33-yard catch on the left sideline by Deon Miller on a third-and-13 from the UConn 47. That followed 13-yard catch by Harris on a fourth down that moved the ball into UConn territory

Temple had failed on fourth down on two other fourth-quarter drives.

Christen had a chance to secure the win for UConn, but his 45-yard field-goal attempt with just under 3 minutes to play was blocked. He had missed earlier from 38 and 42 yards.

Whitmer completed 10 of his first 12 passes, including a 15-yard strike over the middle to Mike Smith for a touchdown that gave the Huskies a 7-0 lead. On his next drive, he found tight end Ryan Griffin over the middle for a 42-yard score.

Whitmer completed 22 of 39 passes for 293 yards and no interceptions. He had thrown four interceptions in a loss to Rutgers last week, and came in with 10 on the season and just four touchdown passes.

Coyer, who threw for just 132 yards, also ran for 51 for the Owls.

The Huskies kept Temple pinned in its own territory for most of the first half. The Owls managed just 8 yards and one first down on their first four possessions. But they had 113 on their next two.

Harris broke a 37-yard run and a 24-yarder for a touchdown to cut the deficit to 14-7 with just over 3 minutes left in the half. The Owls were driving again before Harris was stripped of the ball by linebacker Yawin Smallwood at Connecticut's 26-yard line with 19 seconds before intermission.

Both teams played without their top running backs. Temple's Matt Brown, suffered an ankle injury last week, and UConn's Lyle McCombs sprained his wrist.

Without McCombs, the Huskies managed just 88 rushing yards.

The Huskies came in ranked sixth in the nation in total defense, giving up just over 82 yards per game on the ground. But Temple ran for 202. Harris, who transferred from Boston College, had his second consecutive 100-yard day, after gaining 133 yards in the Owls' win last week over South Florida.

The win gave Temple coach Steve Addazio a victory over his mentor.

UConn's Paul Pasqualoni was the head coach at Western Connecticut and hired Addazio to his first assistant coaching job there in 1985

The win gave Temple its first road win of the season.

Temple improved to 9-4 against UConn and has won two in a row.

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Scoring Summary
UCONNMichael Smith 15 yd pass from Chandler Whitmer (Chad Christen kick)
UCONNRyan Griffin 42 yd pass from Chandler Whitmer (Chad Christen kick)
TEMPLEMontel Harris 24 yd run (Brandon McManus kick)
TEMPLEJalen Fitzpatrick 14 yd pass from Chris Coyer (Brandon McManus kick)
TEMPLEBrandon McManus 29 yd FG
Team Stats
First Downs1720
Third Down Efficiency4-176-18
Fourth Down Efficiency2-40-0
Plays-Net Yards75-33480-381
Passing Yds132293
Kick Return Yds7541
Punt Return Yds21-1
Time of Poss.28:5131:9
Individual Stats
TEMPLE: Montel Harris 30-142, Chris Coyer 17-51, Jalen Fitzpatrick 1-8, Kenneth Harper 1-1
UCONN: Max DeLorenzo 23-91, Scott McCummings 4-6, Joseph Williams 3-6, Martin Hyppolite 2-4, Team 1--2, Chandler Whitmer 8--17
TEMPLE: Chris Coyer 13-26-132-1
UCONN: Chandler Whitmer 22-39-293-0
TEMPLE: Jalen Fitzpatrick 3-34, Cody Booth 3-25, Kenneth Harper 3-9, Deon Miller 1-33, Montel Harris 1-13, John Christopher 1-12, C.J. Hammond 1-6
UCONN: Shakim Phillips 7-100, Michael Smith 5-54, Ryan Griffin 2-67, Geremy Davis 2-24, John Delahunt 2-23, Nick Williams 2-16, Max DeLorenzo 1-14, Reuben Frank 1--5
Temple1st American Athletic East0-00-0
Connecticut1st American Athletic East0-00-0

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