Preview: Connecticut at Temple

When: 7:00 PM ET, Saturday, November 28, 2015
Where: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


After a week's hiatus, Temple vaulted back into the Top 25 as it hones in on a berth in the American Athletic Conference title game. The No. 24 Owls can't afford a letup when they host streaking Connecticut in the final regular-season game for both teams on Saturday.

Temple posted a huge 31-12 win over visiting Memphis last week and can clinch the AAC East title with a win or a loss by USF on Thursday. The Owls' defense has allowed just five touchdowns in five home games, with three of them coming in a loss to Notre Dame. The Huskies hope to avoid a letdown after shocking previously undefeated Houston last week. UConn fans stormed the field after the 20-17 victory, which made them bowl-eligible.

TV: 7 p.m. ET, ESPNU. LINE: Temple -12

ABOUT UCONN (6-5, 4-3 AAC): After dropping five of six, the Huskies have won their last three games - allowing an average of 11 points. Noel Thomas caught two touchdown passes, including a 45-yarder on a trick play in the fourth quarter, as UConn held Houston's high-powered offense to 318 total yards - nearly 200 under its season average. The Huskies lost starting quarterback Bryant Shirreffs early in the game to a head injury, and he is questionable for Saturday.

ABOUT TEMPLE (9-2, 6-1): Temple beat a ranked team for the fourth time ever and the first time in consecutive seasons when it held Memphis without a touchdown last week. Junior quarterback P.J. Walker threw two TD passes against Memphis and now has 50 for his career, the most in school history. Linebacker Tyler Matakevich once again led the Owls in tackles - his 11 stops marked the fourth time he reached double digits this season and he is the only player in FBS to lead his team in every game this year.

EXTRA POINTS

1. UConn RB Arkeel Newsome topped the 100-yard rushing mark for the second time in three games last week with 114 on 32 carries.

2. Temple lost to No. 4 Notre Dame 24-20.

3. Redshirt freshman RB David Hood made his first start and led the Owls with 14 carries, 61 yards and his first career rushing TD.

PREDICTION: Temple 27, UConn 17

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Connecticut 6-5 W3 19.1 19.1 4-2 2-3 5-3 0-0 4-3
Temple 9-2 W1 32.7 20.2 4-1 5-1 5-2 1-0 6-1

Last Meeting

Connecticut Temple
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
9/27/14 TEM 36 CONN 10 307 133 174 272 41 231

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
CONN C. Whitmer 54.5 163 1 1
TEM P. Walker 69.0 231 1 0
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
CONN M. DeLorenzo 18 55 3.1 0
TEM J. Gilmore 7 18 2.6 0
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
CONN G. Davis 8 80 10.0 0
TEM J. Fitzpatrick 6 108 18.0 1
TDs Player TD
CONN A. Newsome 1
TEM J. Fitzpatrick 1
Season
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
CONN B. Shirreffs 60.3 1992 9 7
TEM P. Walker 55.8 2289 17 6
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
CONN A. Newsome 160 755 4.7 6
TEM J. Thomas 229 1069 4.7 15
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
CONN N. Thomas 49 656 13.4 3
TEM R. Anderson 46 681 14.8 6
TDs Player TD
CONN A. Newsome 8
TEM J. Thomas 16

Quickchart Matchup

Connecticut Off vs  Temple Def
334.8 yards
345.7 yards
3.6 yards/rush
3.8 yards/rush
7.2 yards/attempt
6.1 yards/attempt
Temple Off vs  Connecticut Def
372.1 yards
355.1 yards
4.2 yards/rush
4.5 yards/rush
7.3 yards/attempt
6.2 yards/attempt

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Connecticut Overall Temple
6-5-0 W/L 9-2-0
5-6-0 ATS 8-3-0
2-9-0 O/U 5-6-0
19.1 Pts For 32.7
19.1 Pts Against 20.2
Connecticut A/H Temple
2-3 W/L 4-1
2-3-0 ATS 4-1-0
1-4-0 O/U 2-3-0
15.8 Pts For 31.4
18.4 Pts Against 14.4
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