The Temple Owls are back on the road for the final regular season game of the year. The Owls head up to Hartford to take on the UConn Huskies. Kickoff is set for Saturday, November 24, at 3:30 p.m. ET and will air on ESPNU and WTEL 610 ESPN.
Temple and UConn first squared off in October, 1963. The game took place at Temple Stadium and resulted in a 9-7 win for the Owls. Temple and UConn have played 12 times since the turn of the century. Since 2000, the Owls are 7-5 against the Huskies and haven't lost at Rentschler Field since 2007.
Temple is flying high after a second half-comeback against USF on Senior Day. The Owls scored 27 unanswered points and shutout USF in the second half on the way to victory in the final home game of the season. In the first half, USF put up 17 points and led at halftime 17-0. The defense was playing well and forced the Bulls to punt four times in the first half, but wasn't at its best. The offense couldn't get the ball rolling against the big and athletic USF defensive line and was forced to punt five times in the first 30 minutes. After forcing USF to punt on its first drive of the second half, the Owls offense scored their only touchdown of the game after driving 69 yards on 10 plays. It took a few tries but RB Ryquell Armstead found the endzone on a one-yard run. It was the third game in a row Armstead had run for a touchdown and his 12th touchdown of the season. The rest of the game the offense was tasked with extending drives and bleeding the clock as the special teams and defense shut down and scored all over the Bulls. The Owls execution on defense and special teams paved the way for the comeback victory. Will Mobley hit two field goals and executed an onside kick to help propel the team to a victory. Down 17-13, Temple's defense forced USF to punt once again. WR Isaiah Wright made the Bulls pay by returning the punt 73-yards for a touchdown and the lead 20-17 with 10:05 left to play in the game. Mobley's onside kick was recovered by NKL DaeSean Winston and all the momentum was completed titled in favor of the Owls. A good punt after a short drive set up USF at its own 10 yard-line looking to make a late game comeback. On the first play of the drive, DE Dana Levine strip sacked the USF QB and Chapelle Russell recovered the ball in the endzone to put the game out of reach 27-17. CB Linwood Crump intercepted a ball on the next drive to seal the victory.
DE Quincy Roche had nine tackles, a sack, two TFLs, and a fumble recovery. Geoff Collins became the winningest head coach in their first two seasons as the Temple head coach with 14 wins. WR Ventell Bryant broke the Temple all-time receptions record and now is the all-time receptions and yards leader. RB Ryquell Armstead broke the 1,000 yard mark for the first time in his career. Temple scored in all three phases of the game: offense, defense, and special teams.
LAST TIME vs. UCONN
The last time Temple and UConn played was on October 14, 2017, at Lincoln Financial Field on homecoming. The game resulted in a 28-24 win for UConn. The Owls got out to an early 7-0 lead but UConn countered with 21 unanswered points. The Owls had a great day in the air as four Owls had 50 yards or more. LB Chapelle Russell forced two fumbles and CB Delvon Randall had an interception despite the loss.
LAST TIME @ RENTSCHLER FIELD
The last time Temple and UConn played at Rentschler Field was on November 4, 2016. The Owls suffocated the Huskies and shut them out in a 21-0 victory. The Owls only allowed 160 total yards and eight first downs. It was the first time the Owls had shutout an FBS opponent since 2011. Temple played an even game on offense, throwing for 215 yards and rushing for 216 on the way to the win.
Following UConn, Temple awaits bowl selection day. The Owls are bowl eligible for the fifth straight season and will find out their bowl game fate on Sunday December 2nd.