7:00 PM ET, October 4, 2003
Floyd Stadium, MURFREESBORO, TN
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.
|3rd Down Conversions||3-13||8-17|
|4th Down Conversions||1-1||0-1|
|TD||1:43||KERRY WRIGHT 71 YD PASS FROM CLINT MARKS (BRIAN KELLY KICK)|
Drive info: 2 plays, 72 yards.
|TD||14:52||EUGENE GROSS 24 YD RUN (BRIAN KELLY KICK)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 30 yards.
|TD||9:28||MIKE MCGANN 1 YD RUN (ROGER PRICE II KICK)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 37 yards.
|FG||6:35||JARED DAVIS 35 YD FG|
Drive info: 4 plays, 6 yards.
|TD||3:54||UMAR FERGUSON 2 YD RUN (JARED DAVIS KICK)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 18 yards.
|TD||0:04||MIKE MCGANN 13 YD RUN (JARED DAVIS KICK)|
Drive info: 2 plays, 13 yards.
|TD||9:34||PHIL GOODMAN 2 YD PASS FROM MIKE MCGANN (JARED DAVIS KICK)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 54 yards.
|FG||5:40||JARED DAVIS 27 YD FG|
Drive info: 9 plays, 43 yards.
|TD||1:31||UMAR FERGUSON 2 YD RUN (JARED DAVIS KICK)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 84 yards.
|TD||10:12||EUGENE GROSS 4 YD RUN (BRIAN KELLY KICK)|
Drive info: 11 plays, 65 yards.
|TD||7:36||JERRIN HOLT 36 YD PASS FROM CLINT MARKS (BRIAN KELLY KICK)|
Drive info: 2 plays, 50 yards.
|FG||6:05||JARED DAVIS 42 YD FG|
Drive info: 4 plays, 3 yards.
|TD||4:21||CLINT MARKS 1 YD RUN (KERRY WRIGHT 2PT PASS FROM CLINT MARKS)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 65 yards.