Temple wraps up regular season Saturday at UConn

Matt Leon
November 19, 2018 - 4:17 pm
Nov 1, 2018; Orlando, FL, USA; Temple Owls running back Ryquell Armstead (7) runs the ball on a fake field goal during the second quarter against the UCF Knights at Spectrum Stadium.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Temple University Owls will look to finish out the regular season strong on Saturday when they visit the University of Connecticut in an American Athletic Conference battle on Saturday.

The Owls are 7-4 (6-1 AAC) on the season after beating South Florida at the Lincoln Financial Field this past Saturday, 27-17. Temple actually trailed 17-0 at halftime before outscoring the Bulls 27-0 over the final 30 minutes, scoring touchdowns on offense, defense and special teams. 

Head coach Geoff Collins talks about what was said to the team in the locker room at the break.

"When we got in there we said, 'We're not playing our brand of football,'" he said. "We've got to play one play at a time, with relentless effort, accountability and toughness and all those things. We started the game kind of feeling it out, trying to feel what the game was going to be instead of us going out and dictating what the game was going to be. I think once we got into the right mindset to dictate the game, we're going to attack, you saw the difference."

There is little doubt the Owls are headed to a bowl game, but first they want to finish the regular season up strong against a UConn team that is just 1-10 (0-7 AAC). 

"You turn on the film of UConn, they are very well coached," Collins said. "They play really, really hard."

The Huskies' big problems have been on defense where they allow nearly 50 points per game. But they can move the ball and score on offense, as they averaged more than 23 points a contest.

"They are very, very multiple," Collins said. "A lot of formations, a lot of shifts and they've got an elite player that touches the ball on every single play in their quarterback (senior David Pindell). He can really hurt you with his feet but he's a very good thrower as well."

Pindell has thrown for 1,873 yards and 18 touchdowns and he leads the Huskies with 1,115 rushing yards and 10 scores on the ground.

Last season, the Owls lost to UConn at the Linc, 28-24.

Saturday's game in Hartford will get underway at 3:30 pm.

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