Pittsburgh 27

(3-2, 1-1 away)

Temple 22

(1-5, 1-3 home)

12:00 PM ET, October 9, 2004

Franklin Field, Philadelphia, PA

1 2 3 4 T
PITT 3 3 0 2127
TEM 7 9 0 622

Top Performers

Passing: W. Washington (TEM) - 314 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: R. Kirkley Jr. (PITT) - 21 CAR, 86 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: G. Lee (PITT) - 8 REC, 159 YDS, 1 TD

Pittsburgh 27, Temple 22

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Raymond Kirkley scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns and Tyler Palko threw for another score, and Pittsburgh rallied from a 13-point deficit to beat Temple 27-22 on Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field.

Pittsburgh (3-2, 1-1 Big East), which trailed 16-3 before Josh Cummings' field goal late in the second quarter cut the Owls' lead to 10 at halftime, rebounded from a loss to Connecticut in its Big East opener last week.

After a scoreless third quarter, Palko found Greg Lee alone behind the Temple defense off a flea flicker pitch from Kirkley for a 50-yard scoring play that pulled the Panthers within three, 16-13. The Pitt defense forced the Owls (1-5, 0-1) to punt after just three plays on the ensuing possession and Palko guided the offense to the Temple 1. Kirkley powered his way into the end zone from there to put the Panthers in front 20-16.

Temple, which accumulated 356 yards through three quarters, failed to move the ball again and Kirkley muscled his way into the end zone from the five to give Pittsburgh a 27-16 advantage.

Palko finished 13-of-18 for 191 yards, and Lee had eight catches for 159 yards.

Walter Washington threw a career-high three touchdown passes, but Temple dropped its final Big East opener and lost in conference play for the ninth straight time.

Washington, who also posted career highs in completions (30) and yards (314), ran for 82 yards on 23 carries. Washington threw a touchdown pass to Phil Goodman in the final minute, but the Owls failed on the 2-point conversion attempt.

Temple has not beaten a conference opponent since knocking off Rutgers near the end of the 2002 season. The Owls, who were 0-7 in Big East play last season, have not beaten Pittsburgh since a 34-33 victory at Pitt Stadium in 1998 and fell to 8-26-1 against the Panthers.

The Temple defense, which allowed opponents to average over 40 points over the first five games, held the Panthers to just a pair of first-half field goals despite playing without one of their leading tacklers, linebacker Rian Wallace. The junior was suspended for the contest for a violation of team rules.

The already injury-plagued defense sacked Palko in the end zone and Washington threw TD passes to Tim Brown and Ikey Chuku to give Temple a 16-6 halftime lead.

Temple scored on its first possession of the game, moving 79 yards on nine plays to take a 7-0 lead on 8-yard pass from Washington to Brown. Pitt responded immediately, using a 52-yard return by Marcus Furman on the ensuing kickoff to setup a 45-yard field goal by Cummings.

The Owls recorded their first safety since the 2000 season when Palko was pulled down in the end zone by Eric Carpenter less than a minute into the second quarter to increase the Temple lead to 9-3. Midway through the second quarter, Washington rolled right and found Chuku behind the defense at the Pitt 5. Chuku, who adjusted nicely to get under the pass, crashed into the end zone to give the Owls a 16-3 advantage with 6:53 remaining before halftime.