By Annie Ross
What had been high hopes for Temple’s football team disappeared yesterday into early season failure.
Tyree Jackson passed for 275 yards and three touchdowns, and Kevin Marks ran for 138 yards and two scores as visiting Buffalo scored a 36-29 victory.
It gave the Bulls their first 2-0 start since 1983 and their first as an FBS member.
Jackson dumped a pass off to Anthony Johnson (above), who broke a pair of tackles for a 29-yard TD with 59 seconds left. Temple moved to midfield but Buffalo wrapped up the victory on a strip-sack.
Temple trailed at halftime but opened the second half by going 74 yards in six plays, scoring on Frank Nutile’s 44-yard hookup with Randle Jones to take a 14-12 lead.
The Bulls (2-0) regained the lead after Cameron Lewis picked off Nutile and Marks later scored on a 1-yard plunge for a 19-14 lead. Adam Mitcheson’s 46-yard field goal made it 22-14.
Temple pulled even when Ty Mason blocked a Buffalo punt and recovered the ball in the end zone, and Nutile connected with Ventell Bryant for a 2-point conversion to make it 22-all. The Bulls scored on Jackson’s 5-yard strike to Antonio Nunn for a 29-22 lead.
The Owls (0-2) pulled even at 29 on a 50-yard run by Ryquell Armstead that set up Nutile’s 3-yard scoring lob to Mack with 4:53 left.