Temple wraps up regular season Saturday vs. UConn

Matt Leon
November 26, 2019 - 10:38 am
Desmond Ridder #9 of the Cincinnati Bearcats avoids a tackle from Benny Walls #32 of the Temple Owls during the second quarter at Nippert Stadium on November 23, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Temple Owls play their final game of the regular season on Saturday as they welcome UConn to the Linc.

The Owls are 7-4 on the season (4-3 American Athletic Conference) and coming off an incredibly frustrating 15-13 road loss to No. 18 Cincinnati this past Saturday.

"Certainly just felt like there were a lot of plays that we left out on the field that if we could've executed any one of them, probably get the outcome that we want. But we didn't," Temple head coach Rod Carey told KYW Newsradio. "So (Sunday) we had to get in here. It's always hard to learn from a loss, but we had to look at it and be real critical of ourselves and then got back to work (Monday)."

The final home game of the regular season means Senior Day. Carey has only spent one season with this senior class, but they have certainly made an impression on him.

"I just think what they've been through," Carey said, "with all the different turnover that they've had here and what a strong group, what good players, but what unbelievable people they are. The way they accepted us and me, they've made the transition what it has been, which has been really, really good."

2019 has been a struggle for UConn. The Huskies are coming off a 24-17 home loss to East Carolina which dropped their record to 2-9 and 0-7 in the AAC. But Carey thinks the arrow is pointing up for them.

"I see a team that's really improving," he said. "I know they don't have a conference win yet, but they've gotten better as the year has gone on. That's what you want to see every team do, and every team that we coach to do. Been impressed with them, they have our full attention. It's not going to be something that we take lightly because of their record, because we watch the film."

Last year these two teams met up in Hartford, with the Owls blasting the Huskies 57-7.

Saturday's game at the Linc kicks off at 3:30 p.m.

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