Harris leads Temple to 17-14 OT win over UConn

Associated Press Modified: October 13, 2012 at 7:17 pm •  Published: October 13, 2012
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EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Brandon McManus kicked a 29-yard field goal in overtime and Temple, which trailed for most of the game Saturday, came from behind to beat Connecticut 17-14.

Boston College transfer Montel Harris ran 30 times for 142 yards and a touchdown for the Owls (3-2, 2-0 Big East), who held UConn (3-4, 0-2) to two first-quarter touchdowns.

The Huskies' Chad Christen missed four field goal attempts, including a 28-yarder on UConn's overtime possession.

Chandler Whitmer threw for 293 yards and both of UConn's scores, and Max DeLorenzo had 91 yards rushing for the Huskies.

Temple, which has won two consecutive Big East games for the first time in program history, trailed until Jalen Fitzpatrick caught a 14-yard touchdown pass from Chris Coyer with 19 seconds in regulation.

The touchdown was set up by a 33-yard catch on the left sideline by Deon Miller on a third-and-13 from the UConn 47. That followed 13-yard catch by Harris on a fourth down that moved the ball into UConn territory

Temple had failed on fourth down on two other fourth-quarter drives.

Christen had a chance to secure the win for UConn, but his 45-yard field-goal attempt with just under 3 minutes to play was blocked. He had missed earlier from 38 and 42 yards.

Whitmer completed 10 of his first 12 passes, including a 15-yard strike over the middle to Mike Smith for a touchdown that gave the Huskies a 7-0 lead. On his next drive, he found tight end Ryan Griffin over the middle for a 42-yard score.

Whitmer completed 22 of 39 passes for 293 yards and no interceptions. He had thrown four interceptions in a loss to Rutgers last week, and came in with 10 on the season and just four touchdown passes.

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