EAST HARTFORD, Conn. – Temple finished the regular season with a victory during the game, while sending UConn in the NCAA history book for all the wrong reasons.
Owls receiver Isaiah Wright, a native of Connecticut who played high school ball in nearby West Hartford, ran for a touchdown and a kickoff came for another as the temple ruled Huskies 57-7 on Saturday.
Owls (8-4, 7-1 American), who started the year 0-2, finished the regular season with three wins and victories in six of the last seven matches.
He took Temple just two minutes to reach 71 meters for the first score of the game, a 18-meter race from Wright, who took a field on a game option. After UConn linked the game to 7 minutes a few minutes later, Wright grabbed the kickoff on the 1-yard line and went 99 meters straight in the middle of the pitch for a touchdown.
"Before playing UConn, I never did what I felt I should do," said junior. "So, coming in this game, I just wanted to be sure I did not feel the same way as before."
Owls scored seven out of the eight possession of the first half and led 40-7 after two quarters. They never took the foot off the gas pedal and finished 516 meters.
"Continue to play," said coach Temple, Geoff Collins. "If we are on a break or if we are at 33 points at half time, we just want to play football." It's a pretty good brand. "
UConn, on the other hand, has something to do for his football reputation.
Huskies (1-11, 0-8) dropped this season to most courts (7409), yard on play (617.4), points (605) and points on play (50.41) of any major college football team in NCAA history.
At one point during the second quarter, UConn threw an intercept and fled three consecutive offensive games. Huskies recovered the last two fumbles, but he threw another intercept on the next track, which was led by Christian Braswell from Temple for a touchdown.
"2018 is over, 2019 starts tomorrow," said UConn coach Randy Edsall. "And boys must have a determination to work and become bigger, faster and stronger, because it's the only way you can compete."
Kevin Mensah hurried 24 times for 94 meters for UConn, giving him 1,045 meters for the season.
UConn: Huskies did not beat the opponent this season. The Huskies also won the conference for the first time ever since it went 0-4 at the Yankee Conference in 1954.
Temple: Wright now has three results for scores this season. He also had a 73-meter turn against the USF and 59 meters towards East Carolina this season. Temple defense equipment or special teams scored in nine of the 12 Owl matches.
"(Wright) is just as dynamic as kicking and kicking as it is in college football," Collins said. "I am very proud of who he is and the type of competitor and playmaker he represents."
NO RUSSO, NO PROBLEM
Defender Temple Anthony Russo did not dress and was on the sidelines with a right-hand cast. Backing Frank Nutile, who started the first two games of the season, finished 9 of 12 passes for 184 meters and an interception. Redshirt barber Todd Centeio went 3 on 3 for 39 meters and a touchdown. He also ran six times for 32 meters and a score.
Rear Temple of Ryquell Armstead (five-foot, 56 meters) stood up after a 31-meter race in the second quarter, which set a touch. He's not back. Collins refused to say whether he or Russo would be ready for the bowl.
The UConn season is over.
The Temple is waiting for a bowl offer.
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