Once again, Temple has a lousy ending

Posted: November 19, 2013

Players of the weekend

National - Andre Heidari, who nearly lost his job a few weeks ago, made a 47-yard field goal with 19 seconds left to give USC a 20-17 win over fifth-ranked Stanford.

Local - Senior Kyle Schuberth rushed for a career-best 235 yards and three touchdowns as Delaware Valley scored 33 unanswered second-half points to beat Widener, 50-28.

Around town

Central Florida 39, Temple 36

Does any team have more of these kind of losses than the Owls?

For the second straight game, and third time this year, they lost at the end.

They still haven't beaten a ranked team since 1998.

They went in front 36-29 with 2 minutes to go, on a short TD pass and two-point conversion. Didn't matter.

It obviously would have been national news. Instead they're 1-9 (1-6 AAC) for first-year coach Matt Rhule.

The No. 17 Knights (8-1, 5-0) came from behind for the fourth time. First, with 1:06 remaining, a wide-open J.J. Worton made a diving, one-handed highlight-reel catch at the back of the end zone. After Temple went three-and-out and punted, UCF took over on its 30 at 0:19 with no timeouts. Blake Bortles hit Rannell Hall streaking down the middle, and he took it to the Owl 6. And why is it that Temple's secondary always seems to get burned when it counts most? Anyway, the clocked stopped at 0:09 as the officials moved the chains. Bortles spiked it at 0:02, and Shawn Moffitt kicked a 24-yard field goal as time expired.

It's the fifth time Temple has failed to hold a second-half lead, and third time it has blown a fourth-quarter lead.

True freshman P.J. Walker, in his fifth start, passed for a career-high 382 yards and four scores. He also ran for another. The only Owl who's ever thrown for more was Henry Burris, who did so twice in the mid 1990s.

On Saturday night the Owls host Connecticut, one of five winless FBS teams, in their final home game.

Harvard 38, Penn 30

Now it's official. The Quakers (4-5, 3-3) aren't winning the Ivy League title for the second straight year, and fourth time in 5. Harvard (8-1, 5-1) still can tie, if it wins at Yale and Princeton (8-1, 6-0) loses at Dartmouth (5-4, 4-2).

It was 38-zip with 25 minutes left. The Quakers, who've lost four of their last five games at Harvard, then got four TDs (and a pair of two-point conversions on the last two) on five possessions (while holding Harvard to five straight three-and-outs) to move within eight with 4:30 showing. They got the ball back 33 seconds later and drove 50 yards to the Harvard 20 before turning it over on downs at 0:15.

Ryan Becker came in for fellow fifth-year senior Billy Ragone, who was still slowed by an ankle injury, and went 19-for-32 for 182 yards and two scores. On the last drive he completed seven of nine before missing on his final three.

It's the first time since 2006 that the Quakers, who've been hit hard by injuries, have lost three in a row in the Ivies. They close with Cornell (2-7, 1-5), which just beat winless Columbia, this week at Franklin Field.

Are you kidding me?

Auburn led Georgia by 20 at home early in the fourth quarter.

With 1:49 to go, Georgia went in front.

The Tigers then faced a fourth-and-17 at their 27. Nick Marshall threw it long down the middle. Two Georgia players were right there. All they had to do was knock the pass down. Instead they tipped the ball into the air, where it dropped into the hands of Auburn wideout Ricardo Lewis, who took it the remaining 10 yards into the end zone at 0:25.

It couldn't happen, yet it did.

Georgia's Aaron Murray actually moved his team to the Auburn 25 with completions of 22 and 28 yards. But his last pass - from the 20 following an offsides penalty - failed to connect as the clock finally ran out.

The once-beaten Tigers now get a bye before hosting unbeaten Alabama on the 30th. They've lost four of their last five to the Tide. They'd lost six of their previous seven against Georgia.

Break up the Devils

Duke, which went 6-7 last season, was picked to finish last in the ACC Coastal. Well, if it wins at Wake Forest (4-6) and North Carolina (5-5), it'll play Florida State in the ACC title game.

The Blue Devils won their sixth straight, 48-30 over visiting Miami, which has gone from unbeaten and No. 7 to out of the rankings in 3 weeks.

Their losses were to Georgia Tech (by 24) and Pitt (by three), at home. Since they'd already beaten Virginia Tech, it's the first time since 1971 that they've got wins over two Top 25 teams.

They did go to a bowl last year (48-34 loss to Cincinnati), but this is the first time since 1994 that they'll finish with a winning record. Sixth-year coach David Cutcliffe was the offensive coordinator at Tennessee with Peyton Manning.

Did you notice? * 

Redshirt freshman Skyler Mornhinweg (St. Joseph's Prep), son of the former Eagles offensive coordinator, played for the first time at Florida. He started for injured junior Tyler Murphy and went 10-for-13 for 107 yards (with an interception) in a 19-14 loss at South Carolina. The Gators have lost five in a row for the first time since 1979.

* Boston College and first-year coach Steve Addazio, who was with Temple the last two seasons, became bowl eligible after winning twice in 2012. Andre Williams, the nation's top rusher, had a school- and ACC-record 339 in a win over North Carolina State, and set a new BC season record (1,726).

The Wolfpack is 0-7 in the ACC for the first time ever.

* In his last game, Jerry Rahill became the all-time leader in receptions (187) at Ursinus.

* Bob Stoops tied Barry Switzer's Oklahoma record with his 157th victory.

* Cartel Brooks of Division III Heidelberg (Tiffin, Ohio) set an all-division NCAA record by rushing for 465 yards (on 38 carries) in a 42-14 win over Baldwin Wallace. Western Connecticut's Octavias McKoy ran for 441 last month.

* Tusculum's (Tenn.) Bo Cordell set the Division II record for career total offense in his final game, a 49-42 win over Mars Hill. He finished with 16,432. Jimmy Terwilliger of East Stroudsburg had 16,064 from 2003-06. Houston's Case Keenum holds the overall mark (20,114).