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