EAST HARTFORD, Conn.- In front of 18,203 fans at Pratt and Whitney Stadium, the Temple Owls beat the UConn Huskies 57-7 in the final regular season game of the season. The Owls end their regular season 8-4 and 7-1 in the American Athletic Conference. Temple's 7-1 conference record is its best since 2016.
The Owls dominated every facet of the game and scored 50 unanswered points after both teams traded touchdowns to begin the game. Temple scored a season-high 40 points in the first half despite only running 26 total plays. The Owls capitalized on stellar field position throughout the game and scored on all seven of their redzone possessions. The Owls forced four turnovers in the game, which helped set up the excellent field position. Temple scored in all three phases of the game for the third time this season and the second game in a row. The Owls' stingy defense allowed 213 total yards and the offense amassed 516 yards, 223 in the air and 293 on the ground. Temple only ran 52 plays compared to the Huskies' 81. Nine different Owls rushed the ball and nine TU players caught a pass.
This game marked the highest point differential this season in an American Athletic Conference Game. It is also the third highest point differential ever in an American Athletic Conference Game. This was also the highest point differential against an FBS school in Temple Football history.
How it Happened
>The Owls started the game and struck first in the contest. Temple drove down the field on the first drive and scored, and didn't look back from there. QB Todd Centeio
pitched the ball to WR Isaiah Wright
who ran it in for an 18-yard touchdown. UConn countered and tied the game 7-7 on its first drive.
>Temple wouldn't allow another scoring play for UConn the rest of the half, meanwhile the Owls scored 31 unanswered before the half ended. Following the UConn score, Wright received the kickoff from the one-yard line and returned it 99-yards untouched for a touchdown. It was his first kickoff return of the season for a touchdown.
>After forcing the Huskies to turn the ball over on downs, the Owls drove 92 yards on six plays to score another touchdown. A three-yard run by Centeio stretched the lead to 20-7 Temple with 14:24 left in the second quarter.
>The Owls and Huskies traded interceptions on the next two drives and Temple would take over on the UConn 36 yardline after an interception by LB Todd Jones
. With prime field position the Owls would capitalize on the turnover and score on a five-yard touchdown reception by TE Chris Myarick
>Temple recovered an errant snap by UConn on the first play of the next drive and took over on the UConn four yardline. The Owls turned the excellent field position into an 18-yard field goal by kicker Will Mobley
to make the score 30-7 Temple.
>The Owls forced a third turnover in a row on the ensuing UConn drive. After inside pressure forced the UConn QB to flush the pocket, CB Christian Braswell
picked off a lofted pass and returned it eight yards for a touchdown to make it 37-7 Temple with 2:38 left to play in the half.
>With 50 seconds left in the half, QB Frank Nutile
and the offense drove down the field 54-yards and set Mobley up for an 18-yard field goal to extend the lead to 40-7.
>The onslaught continued in the second half on Temple's first possession. RB Jager Gardner
took a 26-yard rush up the middle of the defense to the house to make it 47-7 in favor of the Owls. SAF Benny Walls
also had an interception in the third that took some offensive momentum away from the Huskies.
>In the Owls first possession of the fourth quarter, the Owls platooned rushing between Centeio, RB Jonny Forrest
, and WR Travon Williams
. The Owls drove 70-yards and Williams finished off the drive with a 10-yard touchdown run. The Owls continued to pour it on, 54-7. The Owls finished the game with another Mobley field goal to finish the game at 57-7.
>Four Owls rushed for more than 40 yards. None had more than six carries.
has caught a pass in every game he has played in, 47 straight games.
>WR Isaiah Wright
has three returns for touchdowns this season.
>The Owls scored in all three phases of the game for the third time this season.
>The Owls only punted twice compared to the Huskies six times. When Temple punted UConn started at its own 10 and 20-yardline.
>Time of possession Temple 21:47, UConn 38:13.
>SAF Delvon Randall
led the Owls with eleven tackles and a PBU.
>DE Zack Mesday
had eight tackles, a sack, and three TFLs.