EAST HARTFORD, Conn. - Senior wide receiver Geremy Davis (Lawrenceville, Ga.) led had 80 yards of receiving with eight catches, but the University of Connecticut committed two key turnovers as Temple posted a 36-10 college football victory over the the Huskies on Saturday by a 36-10 score before a crowd of 27,755 at Rentschler Field. UConn falls to 1-4 on the season and 0-2 in American Athletic Conference play while the Owls are 3-1 overall and 1-0 in the league. Turnovers hurt the Huskies, as Temple scored on a 93-yard interception return on the opening drive of the game for the Owls only points of the first half as they led 7-3 at intermission. Temple opened the second half with three touchdowns in the span of 7:26 to take control of the game with a 28-3 lead. The Owls scored on an 11-yard fumble recovery for the third touchdown.
Freshman Arkeel Newsome (Ansonia, Conn.) had a 74-yard touchdown catch from redshirt senior Chandler Whitmer (Newnan, Ga.), who threw for 163 yards and a touchdown. The touchdown pulled the Huskies to within 28-10, but Temple added a safety and two fourth quarter field goals for the win.
"We've got to eliminate game-changing turnovers," UConn head coach Bob Diaco said. "Sixteen uncontested points. Impossible to win, a pick-six, fumble recovery for a touchdown and safety."
The Huskies seemingly had a touchdown out of halftime when redshirt junior Wilbert Lee (Brooklyn, N.Y.) recovered a muffed kickoff in the end zone, but a UConn offsides on the kickoff negated the play. Temple responded with quarterback P.J. Walker ultimately finding Jalen Fitzpatrick, who finished with 108 yards receiving, for a 42-yard pass play and a 14-3 lead.
UConn controlled the Temple offense well in the first half. The Owls managed only 31 total yards in the first half on 21 plays and had one first down., but the Huskies couldn't capitalize. Redshirt sophomore Bobby Puyol (North Palm Beach, Fla.) hit a 30-yard field goal in the final moments of the first half to trim the lead to 7-3 going into the half.
The Huskies now have a bye week and return to action on October 11 when they travel to Tulane. Gametime and television plans for that game will be announced on Monday.