Temple Hosts Connecticut on Saturday
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Temple Hosts Connecticut on Saturday

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Temple concludes its three-game homestand with Connecticut on Saturday, Sept. 18. Kickoff is set for Noon at Lincoln Financial Field.

ESPN Plus/ESPN Game Plan (shown locally on 6ABC) will broadcast the game live regionally with Michael Reghi calling the action and Doug Graber providing color commentary. The Owls' radio broadcast will air on WHAT 1340 AM with Harry Donahue calling the play-by-play and Steve Joachim providing color analysis.

Under the direction of fifth-year head coach Al Golden, Temple stands 2-0 overall and 1-0 in Mid-American Conference play after a 13-10 overtime win over Central Michigan in the MAC opener. Sophomore kicker Brandon McManus (Hatfield, Pa.) nailed a 30-yard field goal in overtime to give the Owls their first-ever overtime victory.

The 2010 squad returns 21 starters to 16 positions. The Owls utilize an East Coast offense and 4-3 defense.

Sophomore RB and Heisman Trophy candidate Bernard Pierce (Ardmore, Pa.) leads all rushers with 135 yards and a touchdown on 30 carries. Senior WR Michael Campbell (Edison, N.J.) is the top receiver with 136 yards and a touchdown on nine receptions. R-junior QB Chester Stewart (Hanover, Md.) went 32-of-49 for 351 yards and a touchdown. R-junior LB Stephen Johnson (Norristown, Pa.) leads the defense with 12 tackles, an interception, and a forced fumble.

In the national rankings, Temple ranks No. 23 in turnover margin (1.00), No. 26 in rushing defense (91.00), No. 34 in tackles for loss (7.00), and No. 35 in punt returns (11.2). Individually, sophomore PK Brandon McManus (Hatfield, Pa.) leads the nation in field goals (3.00). Senior DB Marquise Liverpool (Ramsey, N.J.), junior DB Kee-ayre Griffin (East Orange,?N.J.), and senior LB Stephen Johnson are tied at No. 26 in interceptions (0.50).

The Huskies, under 12th-year head coach Randy Edsall, stand 1-1 after a 62-3 win over Texas Southern. Connecticut returns 17 starters to its multiple offense and 4-3 defense.

Junior TB Jordan Todman is the Huskies' top rusher with 256 yards and four touchdowns on 25 carries. Junior WR Michael Smith has five receptions for 101 yards and a touchdown. R-senior QB Zach Frazer is 24-of-46 for 309 yards and two touchdowns. R-senior Lawrence Wilson leads all defenders with 19 tackles.

Golden and Edsall have only met twice— in 2007 and 2008. The coaching duo has taken similar paths along the coaching lines. Both served as defensive assistant coaches at Boston College, and both have coached at ACC schools; Golden at Virginia and Edsall at Georgia Tech.

Temple has three players on its roster from the state of Connecticut— senior LB Elijah ”Peanut” Joseph (Hartford, Conn. / Hartford Public HS), senior DT Elisha “Eli” Joseph (Hartford, Conn. / Hartford Public HS), and junior DB James Nixon (New Haven, Conn. / Hyde Leadership HS).

Connecticut has 14 players from Pennsylvania but none from Philadelphia.

UConn r-senior QB Zach Frazer's younger sister Emily is a freshman outside hitter on the Temple volleyball team. They hail from Mechanicsburg, Pa.

Temple r-freshman LB Michael Doty's (Chalfont, Pa.) older sister Caroline is a junior guard for the UConn women's basketball team.

Saturday's game will mark the 12th meeting between the Owls and Huskies. Temple holds a 7-4 advantage in the series which began in 1963. Since UConn has moved into the Football Bowl Subdivision (Division IA), the Huskies lead in series action, 3-1.

On Sept. 15, 2007, at Rentschler Field, Connecticut escaped with a 22-17 win after a controversial ending. A 4th-and-11 pass from WR Dy'Onne Crudup to WR Bruce Francis with 40 seconds remaining was called incomplete and was not reversed on replay, thwarting Temple's upset bid of the host Huskies. Connecticut ran the clock out on the ensuing play to hold on for the 22-17 win.

In the teams' last meeting on Sept. 6, 2008, at Lincoln Financial Field, fans endured over three hours of rain and wind as the remnants of Hurricane Hanna pelted Philadelphia. UConn's Donald Brown, who rushed for a career-high 214 yards, found the end zone from seven yards out in overtime to lead the Huskies to a 12-9 victory over the Cherry and White.

Temple all-time vs. Connecticut: 7-4
Temple in games at Temple: 4-1
Temple in games at Connecticut: 3-3
First meeting in series: 1963 at Temple Stadium; W, 9-7
Last meeting in series: 2008 at Lincoln Financial Field; L, 12-9 (ot)

Temple Owls
Rushing: Mac DeVito 13-18-202, 4 TD (2001)
Passing: Walter Washington 21-44-276,2 TD (2004)
Receiving: Sean Dillard 9-148, 2 TD (2001)

Connecticut Huskies
Rushing: Rick Robustelli 17-39-281, 2 TD?(1970)
Passing:  Terry Caulley 20-79, 1 TD (2002)
Receiving: Keith Kraham 6-155, 1 TD (1970)

Year Site Results TU Coach UConn Coach
1963 Temple Stadium W, 9-7 George Makris Robert Ingalls
1964 Memorial Stadium L, 25-7 George Makris Richard Forzano
1965 Memorial Stadium W, 12-11 George Makris Richard Forzano
1966 Temple Stadium W, 35-25 George Makris John L. Toner
1970 Temple Stadium W, 41-23 Wayne Hardin John L. Toner
1971 Memorial Stadium W, 38-0 Wayne Hardin Robert Casciola
2001 Franklin Field W, 56-7 Bobby Wallace Randy Edsall
2002 Memorial Stadium W, 38-24 Bobby Wallace Randy Edsall
2004 Rentschler Field L, 45-31 Bobby Wallace Randy Edsall
2007 Rentschler Field L, 22-17 Al Golden Randy Edsall
2008 Lincoln Financial Field L, 12-9 (ot) Al Golden Randy Edsall


• Seven of Temple's 2010 opponents— Villanova (FCS national champion), Central Michigan (GMAC Bowl), Connecticut (Papajohns.com Bowl), Penn State (Capital One Bowl), Northern Illinois (International Bowl), Bowling Green (Humanitarian Bowl), and Ohio (Little Caesar's Pizza Bowl)— participated in postseason play.

• The Owls current seven-game home win streak (overall games) at Lincoln Financial Field is the longest since the stadium opened in 2003 and ties the longest home win streak in school history of seven games from the 1940-41 seasons at Temple Stadium.

• Temple has won eight consecutive MAC games at home at Lincoln?Financial Field.

• Since joining the MAC in 2007, the Owls own the league's best home record for MAC games at 11-2.

• “We're staying together and finding a way to win. We're staying together, and that's hard to get a team to do.”
— Al Golden after the win over Central Michigan

After opening the season with three consecutive home games, the Owls hit the road for three straight games. The first stop is Happy Valley to take on nationally ranked Penn State on Sept. 25 at Beaver Stadium. Kickoff time is set for 3:30 p.m. on the Big Ten Network.

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