Sep 192010
Temple football

Temple football

September 19 Philadelphia Inquirer:

The Owls capped a 30-16 win over the Huskies with two more scores in the final five minutes, 54 seconds to raise their record to 3-0. Connecticut, of the Big East Conference, fell to 1-2.

Next week, Temple, the favorite for the Mid-American Conference championship, plays 2-1 Penn State at State College.

Yesterday’s win was the third time Temple had played UConn since coach Al Golden took over the Owls in 2006. Both previous encounters went down to the wire and ended in Temple losses.

“We’re a Division I team now,” said Golden, whose team was in rebuilding mode the last two times it met the Huskies. “We lost a lot of close games as we were growing up, and that was because of a lot of things. But also because we were tired. I don’t know the final count [on Saturday], but I bet you we played 56 people in the game.”

On Saturday, the Huskies wiped out a one-point halftime deficit with a 59-yard touchdown run by Jordan Todman (192 yards on 26 carries) at the beginning of the third quarter. The 5-9, 193-pound Todman, who used the right sideline to make his getaway, ran through at least five tackle attempts to give UConn a 13-7 advantage.

However, it would be Todman who wound up losing the fourth-quarter fumble that Robinson, the MAC defensive player of the year last fall, returned for a TD.

Temple’s Bernard Pierce, a sophomore who started for the first time this season after leading the MAC in rushing in 2009, put his team ahead again, 14-13, when he scored for the second time on a one-yard run with 5:21 to go in the third period.

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