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Temple vs. Pitt: Owls get blasted on the road by Panthers

Temple head coach Steve Addazio wanted his team to take it one game at a time, but that one game Saturday was a 47-17 loss to the Pittsburgh Panthers at Heinz Field.

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Temple crushed by Pitt, 47-17

Pitt running back Ray Graham rushed for 109 yards and two touchdowns, as the Pittsburgh Panthers cruised to a 47-17 win over the Temple Owls.

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Owls trail Panthers, 34-17

After a brutal second quarter, the Temple Owls needed a big third quarter to get back into Saturday's game against the Pittsburgh Panthers. Unfortunately for Temple, the Owls still trail the Panthers by three scores after three quarters, as Pitt leads, 34-17.

The Owls have at least cut into Pitt's lead. Pitt entered the third quarter leading 31-7, but the Owls managed to hold Pitt to a field goal in the third quarter.

Montel Harris was responsible for Temple's third quarter touchdown. Harris rattled off a 14-yard touchdown rush, cutting Pitt's lead down to 31-14.

Since then, the two schools have exchanged field goals.

Even though the Owls cut into the lead, they still have a lot of work to do if they're going to legitimately challenge Pitt on Saturday. Pitt has outgained 368-229 in total yards, and still lead by two touchdowns.

Temple will open the fourth quarter with possession of the ball, as the Owls look to make the game a two-possession game.

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Temple trails Pitt at half, 31-7

The Temple Owls have been dominated so far against the Pitt Panthers. Through the first half of play, Pitt leads Temple, 31-7.

Temple cut Pitt's lead down to 14-7 at the end of the first quarter, but the second quarter has been all Panthers. Kevin Harper added a 32-yard field goal for Pitt early in the second quarter, extending Pitt's lead to 17-7. Ray Graham added to the lead with 3:08 left to go, when he rushed for a 1-yard touchdown, giving the Panthers a commanding 24-7 lead.

Pitt added another touchdown with just one second left in the half, when Tino Sunseri hooked up with Graham on a 4-yard touchdown pass.

The 31-7 score accurately reflects how the game has been played so far. Pitt has dominated the game, out gaining Temple in total net yards, 334-92.

Temple's running game has been non-existent so far as well. Montel Harris has just 16 yards on 10 carries, while quarterback Chris Coyer has 15 yards on five carries.

Temple's defense, meanwhile, hasn't been able to stop Graham. Graham has 12 carries for 50 yards and a touchdown, and has added four receptions for 71 yards and a touchdown.

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Pitt leads Temple, 14-7

Through the first quarter of play, the Pittsburgh Panthers lead the Temple Owls, 14-7, in the Big East clash.

Pittsburgh got the scoring started early in the game, when Rushel Shell rushed for a one-yard touchdown run, less than five minutes into the game to give the Panthers an early 7-0 lead.

Temple was unable to respond early, failing to convert a third-down play during the entire first quarter.

Consequently, Pitt was able to add to its lead. Tino Sunseri hooked up with J.P. Holtz for an 18-yard touchdown, giving the Panthers a 14-0 lead.

Temple, though, would respond this time.

After a 77-yard kickoff return by Matt Brown gave the Owls excellent field position, Chris Coyer found Cody Booth in the end zone, for a nine-yard touchdown strike.

Still, the Owls need to play better if they're going to hang with the Panthers. Pitt has outgained Temple, 145 yards to just 54 through the first quarter of play.

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