Saturday, November 08, 2014

Owls falter again, lose on last-second FG to Memphis


Philadelphia, PA -- So close, yet so far away. Both victory and bowl eligibility.

Jake Elliott just barely nailed a 31-yard field goal as time expired to lift the Memphis Tigers to a 16-13 victory over the Temple Owls in American Athletic Conference action at Lincoln Financial Field on Friday night.


A 27-yard field goal near the end of the third quarter by Elliott finally gave the Tigers, who trailed 10-0 in the early stages, the lead for the first time all game. 

Points continued to be hard to come by in the final quarter, with Temple eventually tying the score on  a 46-yard field goal from Austin Jones with 2:46 remaining.

However, the Tigers effortlessly moved the ball on the final drive of the contest, pulling off a 12-play, 66-yard drive to set up Elliott's game-winner. 

The Owls failed to score on both of their red zone trips, while the Tigers scored on all three of theirs. 

Temple now has the unenviable task of having to face Penn State in Happy Valley next Saturday, with that elusive sixth win most likely out of reach for another week. 
  
Paxton Lynch completed 21-of-28 pass attempts for 230 yards and a touchdown to lead Memphis (6-3, 4-1 AAC), which has won four of its last five. Brandon Hayes fought his way to 75 yards on 26 carries and Mose Frazier tallied 110 yards on eight receptions.

Kenneth Harper rushed for 116 yards and a touchdown on 17 attempts and Jalen Fitzpatrick picked up 64 yards on five catches for Temple (5-4, 3-3). P.J. Walker finished with only 145 yards and a touchdown on 17-of-39 passing.

Temple led, 10-0, at the end of the first quarter thanks to a 43-yard field goal from Jones and a 75-yard touchdown run from Harper.

Memphis scored its first points of the game midway through the second quarter when Elliott was successful on a 42-yard field goal attempt.

The Tigers then evened the score less than three minutes later on a 17-yard touchdown pass from Lynch to Hayes.
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