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.
Steve Spurrier, the visor-slinging, slick-talking "Head Ball Coach" who is the second-winningest coach in Southeastern Conference history, announced his resignation on Tuesday.
USC athletic director Pat Haden spoke Tuesday about the decision to fire head coach Steve Sarkisian, calling it "very difficult," while also defending his handling of the situation.
Steve Sarkisian has been plagued of late by apparent substance-related circumstances, including arriving to team facilities appearing intoxicated Sunday, according to sources.
Florida Gators quarterback Will Grier has been suspended for the year after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance found in a supplement, coach Jim McElwain announced Monday.
A former Texas A&M football recruit randomly attacked a jogger, using a "large-bladed knife" to repeatedly strike the man and lodging the weapon in his head, according to police documents.
Tennessee defensive tackle Shy Tuttle will miss the rest of the season with a broken fibula and torn ankle ligament.