Wrapping up the American Week 5: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

 Temple Owls wide receiver John Christopher (7) celebrates during the second half of a game against the Connecticut Huskies at Rentschler Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Temple Owls wide receiver John Christopher (7) celebrates during the second half of a game against the Connecticut Huskies at Rentschler Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

John F. Silver

Temple is 3-1. The Owls, 2-10 a year ago are averaging 35 points per game an allowing only 12 points per game. The Owls have blown out Vanderbilt, Delaware State and of course UConn, 36-10 on Saturday. We saw Saturday how Temple does it — converting turnovers into score. The Owls have had a defensive touchdown in every game this season and scored 16 points on defense Saturday, while surrendering 10. Other notable games were Cincinnati losing to Ohio State, 50-28. Now, every team in the American has a loss. That keeps the American out of the college football playoff almost assuredly as Cincinnati was perhaps the only team with a schedule that could break through if things went right. Right now, I like East Carolina to win the American.  

PrintOther notables, Memphis fell 24-3 to Ole Miss, which isn’t a terrible outcome considering Ole Miss is Top 10. Tulane lost 31-6 to Rutgers. 

It was another tough week for the American elsewhere. Texas State beat Tulsa 37-34 in 3OT, Wisconsin beat a game South Florida team 27-10 and TCU annihilated SMU  56-0. 

Here’s The Good, The Bad and a lot of Ugly from Week 5.

The Good

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GEICO SportsNite: UConn falls to Temple

The UConn football team dropped to 0-2 in the AAC, and 1-4 overall, after a 36-10 loss to Temple on Saturday.

Postgame news and notes: Same old story

 Temple Owls quarterback P.J. Walker (11) scores a touchdown against the Connecticut Huskies during the second half at Rentschler Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Temple Owls quarterback P.J. Walker (11) scores a touchdown against the Connecticut Huskies during the second half at Rentschler Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

John F. Silver

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. — It couldn’t happen for the fifth straight game. Could it?

Just when you think that things are going well for the UConn football team, and a 15-play drive to open up Saturday’s game against Temple is going good, it happened again.

A turnover. A catastrophic turnover. This one an interception by Chandler Whitmer that he threw after he was hit. The result, on the opening drive of the game for the fourth time this season, resulted in a turnover.

The Huskies have given up five first quarter turnovers that went for scores. Four on the first drive, and have had four defensive touchdowns returned against them this year.

Yup. It happened again on Saturday when Whitmer’s pass was returned 93-yards for a touchdown by Tavon Young of Temple.

“It got us again,” wide receiver Deshon Foxx said. “We got to stop doing it. It’s non ones fault but ours. we got to stop doing it.”


That was only a taste of frustration. The Huskies held Temple to 31 yards of offense in the first half, but trailed 7-3.  They opened the second half with Wilbert Lee recovering a muffed kickoff for a touchdown. But, true freshman Vonta Diggs was offside on the kickoff. Offside on the kickoff?

Just like that, things went bad.

P.J. Walker, who had 231 yards passing, hit Jalen Fitzpatrick on a 42-yard touchdown throw. Then, next  drive for Temple, Walker walks in for a 1-yard touchdown. 21-3 Temple.

Then, of course, there was a strip-sack fumble on the next UConn possession and Prince Martin-Oguike  scooped of for an 11-yard touchdown.

28-3, 4:54 into the third quarter.

Game over.

“You can’t believe it. Every game so far, it’s rough,” Foxx added. “We are going to stick in there though.”

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Recap: Temple 36, UConn 10

Result: Temple won its AAC opener as it used two defensive scores to beat the Huskies 36-10 at Rentschler Field on Saturday.

Need to Know: The Huskies were their own worst enemy, again. Temple’s defense forced three turnovers and scored 16 points. The Huskies saw a 93-yard interception return for a touchdown on their first play series of the game as Tavon Young picked off Chandler Whitmer and went up the gut for a 7-0 score. UConn has had a turnover early in all five games this year, and have had a turnover turn into a touchdown on four of five games this season. UConn trailed 7-3 at the half, holding Temple to 31 yards, before it spiraled out of control in the third.  An apparent touchdown on a muffed kickoff to begin the half was negated by an offsides by UConn. temple scored a touchdown on a 42-yard pass from P.J. Walker to Jalen Fizpatrick and the rout was on. Walker added a 1-yard run and then a strip-sack and 11-yard fumble return for a touchdown by Praise martin-Oguike gave the Owls a 28-3 lead. Temple also had a safety.  There was nothing good for the Huskies. UConn managed 307 yards of offense and is now 1-4 on the year, with three losses at home.

Links:  Recap |  Box Score

Next up: UConn has a bye week before heading on the road to play at Tulane on October 11 in New Orleans.

Gameday Preview: Temple at UConn, 4 p.m. ESPN News

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John Silver previews UConn vs. Temple

Saturday: 4 p.m.

TV: ESPN News

Place:  Rentschler Field

Line: UConn +6

In the Spotlight: Temple’s Tyler Matakevic

 

The skinny: Tyler Matakevic wanted to play for UConn, but was passed over twice by both Randy Edsall and Paul Pasqualoni. What has he done? Become one of the best linebackers in the American.

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