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Temple vs. UConn: Owls win OT thriller

Temple capitalized on UConn's missed field goal in overtime, and kicker Brandon McManus hit one of his own to lead the Owls to a 17-14 victory over the Huskies in East Hartford, Conn.

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Temple Owls high in Big East standings

The Temple Owls are still undefeated in Big East action, along with a few other teams in the league. As the season continues, Temple looks to remain at the top.


Temple vs. UConn final: Owls win 17-14 in OT

The Temple Owls knocked off the Connecticut Huskies in overtime, 17-14, in Big East Conference football action on Saturday afternoon. Temple kicker Brandon McManus hit a 29-yard field goal to win it, after UConn's Chad Christen missed a 28-yard kick to end the Huskies' possession.

Temple running back Montel Harris had a key 10-yard run on the Owls' overtime series to get his team into field goal position. Led by Harris, the Owls racked up 202 rushing yards in the game. Meanwhile, the passing game struggled for the most part, but quarterback Chris Coyer led the Owls on a 12-play, 72-yard drive near the end of regulation, and capped it off with a game-tying 14-yard touchdown pass to Jalen Fitzpatrick.

Connecticut quarterback Chandler Whitmer had a successful day throwing the football, but the Huskies stalled late in the game and allowed the Owls back in it.

Box Score Hero: Temple running back Montel Harris rushed 30 times for 142 yards and a touchdown in leading the Owls to the victory. Connecticut quarterback Chandler Whitmer completed 22 of 39 passes for 293 yards and a couple of scores in a losing effort.

But Did They Cover? The Huskies entered the game as 5-point favorites over the Owls at home, so payouts will go to those who bet on Temple. The two teams fell short of the over/under of 41.

For More On This Game: For more on the Owls, be sure to visit SB Nation Philly and Big East Coast Bias. And, for additional coverage on the Huskies, head over to The UConn Blog and SB Nation Boston.

Next Week's Schedule: Temple: Oct. 20 vs. Rutgers; UConn: Oct. 19 at Syracuse.

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Temple takes momentum in 2nd quarter vs. UConn

The Temple Owls weathered an early assault by UConn on Saturday and trail 14-7 after one half at Rentschler Field. UConn jumped all over Temple early, scoring two touchdowns on back-to-back possessions in the first quarter. A missed 36-yard field goal on the Huskies opening possession prevented it from being even worse for the Owls.

On UConn's second possession, quarterback Chandler Whitmer moved the offense 66 yards in less than four minutes, capping it off with a 15-yard touchdown pass to Michael Smith. The Huskies briskly marched down the field on their next possession, with a big-play strike resulting in a quick 14-0 lead. This time, Whitmer hit Ryan Griffin for a 42-yard touchdown as time expired in the first.

UConn had all the momentum, but the Owls turned things around in the second quarter. Montel Harris nearly single-handedly ended the shutout, leading the offense on a six-play, 80-yard touchdown drive that took up only three minutes. Four of the six plays on the drive were Harris rushes, and the transfer from Boston College broke off runs of 33 and 24 yards. The 24-yarder provided Temple its first touchdown of the day, slicing the UConn lead in half. Harris had 12 carries for 74 yards in the first 30 minutes.

It looked like the Owls would cut the deficit even further on their next possession, but Harris coughed it up on the Connecticut 26-yard line. The Huskies were content to take a knee and end the half there, but the Owls take momentum into the locker room and will receive the kick to start the second half.


Owls seek to take bite out of Huskies

The Temple Owls will look to stay undefeated in the Big East against the UConn Huskies on Saturday afternoon.


Homecoming for Owl's Tyler Matakevich

Temple University freshman Tyler Matakevich was born in Connecticut but was not considered good enough to be recruited by UConn. He will have a chance to prove them wrong on Saturday.


Addazio says 'no social trip' in return to Conn.

Temple coach Steve Addazio returns home to Connecticut this weekend, but it's "no social trip."


Harris, Temple to be tested against UConn defense

Temple will be tested against the Huskies' highly ranked defensive attack.

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