Temple 44

(1-4, 1-3 away)

Middle Tennessee 36

(0-5, 0-2 home)

7:00 PM ET, October 4, 2003

Floyd Stadium, Murfreesboro, TN

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TEM 0 24 17 344
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MURFREESBORO, Tennessee (Ticker) -- Temple recorded its first win of the season but not before nearly squandering a 27-point lead.

Mike McGann ran for a pair of touchdowns and threw for another as the Owls made a late defensive stand for a 44-36 victory over Middle Tennessee State in a battle of winless teams.

After Middle Tennessee State (0-5) took an early 14-point lead, Temple scored the next 41 points. Umar Ferguson's two-yard TD run gave the Owls a 41-14 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

The Blue Raiders came alive with a 22-point final period and Clint Marks' one-yard TD plunge and the ensuing two-point conversion to Kerry Wright cut the deficit to 44-36 with 4:21 left to play.

After recovering the ensuing onside kick, Middle Tennessee State appeared headed for the go-ahead score as Marks hit Jerrin Holt for a seven-yard completion that resulted in a 1st-and-goal at the Owls' eight-yard line.

But Temple (1-4) tackled Kevin Davis for an eight-yard loss on second down and Marks followed with a pair of incompletions. The Owls ran out the final 50 seconds.

McGann completed 16-of-34 passes for 186 yards and also rushed for 45 yards. Zamir Cobb had nine catches for 99 yards.

Marks completed 10-of-14 passes for 150 yards while Davis rushed for 91 yards on 16 carries.