Missed kicks hurt UConn in 17-14 OT loss to Temple

Associated Press Modified: October 13, 2012 at 7:17 pm •  Published: October 13, 2012
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EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut kicker Chad Christen made no excuses Saturday, saying he just didn't do his job.

Christen missed four field goals, including a 28-yarder in overtime, and the Huskies lost 17-14 to Temple.

"Chad had a tough day," said UConn coach Paul Pasqualoni. "Sometimes in the world, the life of a kicker, it's a lonely position, a tough position."

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.

"Our defense is tough; we're really tough, said freshman linebacker Tyler Matakavich, who is from nearby Stratford and led Temple with 19 tackles. "We're going to battle till the end of the game."

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

Connecticut led for most of the game, until Jalen Fitzpatrick caught a 14-yard touchdown pass from Chris Coyer with 19 seconds in regulation to tie it at 14.

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, which followed 13-yard catch by Harris on a fourth down that moved the ball into UConn territory.

"Obviously, that drive was inexcusable," said defensive tackle Ryan Wirth. "That's not a part of who we are."

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 by Miller. He had missed earlier from 38 and 42 yards.

"Field goals aren't automatic," he said. "I did my best and missed it."

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.

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