Temple quarterback Chris Coyer comes through in the clutch

Posted: October 15, 2012

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. - Chris Coyer's performance was in no way beautiful.

On at least five occasions, the Temple quarterback missed wide-open receivers in Saturday's 17-14 Big East overtime victory against Connecticut at Rentschler Field.

However, the 6-foot-3, 230-pounder more than made up for the miscues on the Owls' final drive of regulation.

That's when Coyer completed 4 of 9 passes for 69 yards. His last two passes were by far his best completions of the game.

On third and 13 at the Huskies' 47-yard line, Coyer connected with Deon Miller for 33 yards. On the ensuing play, he drilled a 14-yard touchdown pass to Jalen Fitzpatrick with 19 seconds left. With Brandon McManus' extra point, the Owls knotted the score at 14 to force overtime.

"We knew we were going to need to win or tie the game in two minutes," Coyer said. "That was just the focus. The focus was just on making plays.

"Your mind-set doesn't really change too much other than the fact of moving the chains."

For the game, Coyer completed 13 of 26 passes for 132 yards, a touchdown, and an interception.

Happy homecoming

Temple coach Steve Addazio, a native of nearby Farmington, Conn., had more than 60 family members and friends at the game.

The 53-year-old had two of his Farmington High School coaches, Paul Maskery and Bruce Wearne, on the sideline.

Addazio also played on the offensive and defensive lines at Central Connecticut State.

UConn coach Paul Pasqualoni gave Addazio his first coaching job as an assistant at Western Connecticut State in 1985. Addazio later coached under Pasqualoni from 1995 to '98 at Syracuse after turning Pasqualoni's high school, Cheshire (Conn.), into a national powerhouse.

Addazio embraced Temple tight ends coach Frank Leonard, a native of Wethersfield, Conn, while exiting the field.

Leonard played with Addazio at Central Connecticut State. He worked with his former teammate on Pasqualoni's Western Connecticut State staff in 1987, and he served as UConn's outside-linebackers coach from 1990 to '93.

Sean McGowan, who coaches inside linebackers and special teams at Temple, is from Cheshire, Conn., and played at Cheshire for Addazio. And Owls freshman linebacker Tyler Matakevich is from Stratford, Conn.


Contact Keith Pompey at kpompey@phillynews.com or follow on Twitter @pompeysgridlock. Read his blog, "Owls Inq," at www.philly.com/owlsinq

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