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UConn Falls to Temple, 21-0

Nov. 04, 2016

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EAST HAFTORD, Conn. -- UConn freshman quarterback Donovan Williams (Dumfries, Va.), playing in his first collegiate game, completed 12 of 21 passes for 69 yards and ran for 66 as Temple defeated the Huskies by a 21-0 score on Friday night before a crowd of 22,316 at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field.

The loss drops UConn to 3-7 on the season and 1-6 in American Athletic Conference play while the Owls are 7-3 overall and 5-1 in the league.

Temple quarterback Philip Walker threw for 215 yards and three touchdowns while running back Jahad Thomas caught two of those touchdowns and had 73 receiving yards to go with 83 yards rushing. The Owls other running back, Ryquell Armstead, ran 20 times for 133 yards and Temple put up 431 yards of offense.

Walker completed his first eight passes and Temple scored all of the game's points on its first three drives. The senior hit Thomas on scoring strikes of 23 and 10-yards and found Romond Deloatch from 18-yards out.

After giving up touchdowns on the first three drives, the Huskies shutout the Owls on its next eight, which included two interceptions and a fumble return.

His ninth pass was intercepted in the end zone by UConn redshirt senior safety Obi Melifonwu (South Grafton, Mass.), who picked off another in the end zone in the fourth quarter to end a 13-play, 87-yard Temple drive. Melifonwu now has four interceptions on the season and eight in his career.

Temple limited the Huskies to 160 yards of total offense. Williams had a 43-yard first-quarter run set up UConn's best scoring chance, but Temple's Michael Dogbe blocked a 35-yard field goal attempt.

UConn now has a bye week and return to action on November 19 when it travels to Boston College. Kickoff and television plans for that game will be announced on Monday.