PHILADELPHIA - Temple quarterback P.J. Walker passed for 160 yards and Jahed Thomas rushed for another 119 as the Owls defeated the UConn football team by a 27-3 score Saturday night before a Lincoln Financial Field crowd of 28.236.
The Huskies finish the regular season with a bowl-eligible record of 6-6 and had a final record of 4-4 in the American Athletic Conference. UConn now awaits a bowl invitation, which will come next Sunday, December 6. Temple improves to 9-2 overall and win the American Eastern Division title at 7-1. Temple plays at Houston next Saturday in the first-ever American championship game.
The Temple defense held the Huskies in check all night long as UConn could only manage 138 yards of total offense and just nine yards on the ground.
The UConn defense was also effective most of the night as Temple only had 231 total yards through three quarters.
Temple led 10-0 at the half as it scored a touchdown on a nine-yard run by Thomas with 7:59 left in the first quarter. That run capped a four play-49 yard drive that saw Thomas carry the ball three times to go with a 16-yard pass completion from Walker to Romond Deloatch.
The Owls added a 20-yard field goal by Austin Jones with 6:18 left in the half for the 10-0 halftime lead. The UConn defense held Temple on first-and-ten from the Husky 11 to force the field goal that ended an 11 play-59 yard drive.
The Huskies were limited to 61 yards of total offense in the first half, but the UConn defense was tough as well as the Owls could only manage 132.
Temple took control of the game with ten points in the third quarter - a 37-yard field goal by Jones and a six-yard pass play from Walker to Deloatch. Thomas capped off the Temple scoring with a 60-yard fourth quarter TD run.
UConn redshirt junior Bobby Puyol (North Palm Beach, Fla.) had the only Husky score of the game - a 45-yard field goal with 5:51 to go.