TEMPLE LOSES A HEARTBREAKER TO MEMPHIS 16-13

By Peter Gleason

The night started with Temple hoping to take advantage of last Saturday’s upset of nationally ranked East Carolina, and it ended with the Owls getting their chances for a post-season bowl game kicked away.

Jake Elliott hit a 31-yard field goal as time expired to give Memphis a 16-13 victory over Temple on Friday night at Lincoln Financial Field.

Paxton Lynch was 21 of 28 for 230 yards for the Tigers (6-3, 4-1 American Athletic). Mose Frazier had eight catches for 110 yards, and Brandon Hayes ran for 75 yards on 26 carries and had two catches for 24 yards.

Temple (5-4, 3-3), coming off a 20-10 home victory over then-No. 21 East Carolina, tied it at 13 on Austin Jones’ 46-yard field goal with 2:46 left.

Memphis took a 13-10 lead on Elliott’s 27-yard field goal with 1:39 left in the third quarter.

Temple opened a 10-0 lead in the first quarter on Jones’ 43-yard field goal and Kenneth Harper’s 75-yard run. Memphis tied it in the second on Elliott’s 42-yard field goal and Lynch’s 17-yard pass to Hayes.

P.J. Walker (photo above) was 17 of 39 for 145 yards for the Owls, and Harper finished with 116 yards on 17 carries.

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