Temple welcomed #17 UCF to Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday and gave the Knights quite the scare before falling in the waning seconds 39-36.
UCF held a 5-0 lead after one quarter of play thanks to a safety and a 20-yard field goal. Temple would find the end zone when P.J. Walker connected with Jamie Gilmore for a 32-yard touchdown to put the Owls up 7-5. The second quarter would be back and forth from there, as the two teams traded leads. Temple found the end zone two more times in the quarter on a Walker 3-yard run and Robbie Anderson 30-yard receiving touchdown. The Anderson touchdown would put the Owls ahead 21-19 with about two minutes remaining in the half before a UCF field goal with time expiring sent the Knights to the locker room with a 22-21 lead.
Temple would regain the lead in the third, as Walker connected with Anderson for a 75-yard score, putting the Owls up 28-22. The Knights would find the end zone in the fourth quarter to regain a one-point lead, but Temple would respond with a Chris Parthemore 7-yard receiving touchdown and a two-point conversion with two minutes remaining to take a 36-29 lead. It wasn't meant to be for the Owls however, as UCF found the end zone with just over a minute remaining to tie the game and kicked a 23-yard field goal as time expired to escape with the win.
While losing is never fun, the now 1-9 Owls showed just some of the potential the team has. Temple may not have much to show for this season, but the program continues to build and by next season should field a solid team.
Temple will be back in action on November 23, as they welcome the Connecticut Huskies to Lincoln Financial Field.
Penn 30 Harvard 38
The Quakers stormed back against the Crimson in the second half, but their comeback efforts fell short as they lost 38-30.
Penn was held scoreless in the first half, as they surrendered 31 points to Harvard. The Crimson would score early in the third to open their lead to 38-0 and the Quakers would seem all but finished. That's when Penn made a run. Scoring four straight touchdowns, including two-point conversions on the last two, Penn narrowed the gap to 38-30.
With under four minutes remaining, the Quakers would begin a 50 yard drive, but were stopped on the Harvard 20, as their comeback fell short in the 38-30 loss.
The 4-5 Quakers will next welcome Cornell to Franklin Field on November 23.
By: Kyle Babcock
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