Heartbreaker

Rutgers had the chance to break its 20 game Big East losing streak and put up a win against a Temple team that has opened some eyes this season. For the third time this year RU jumped out ahead of a team that they weren't supposed to beat. For the third time this season they lost the lead and the game late in the contest. This time with only 29 seconds left in the game.

In one of the most heartbreaking games in recent years Rutgers dropped a 20-17 Big East game to the Temple Owls. For the third time this season RU jumped out ahead of a team that they were not supposed to beat.

Two Ryan Hart passes yielded 14 points and a Ryan Sands field goal gave RU 17 first half points to only 3 for the Owls. It looked like RU was going to pull out its first Big East win in 20 games.

It didn't happen.

The Owls came back relentlessly in the second half. The Temple defense ground Ryan Hart's passing attack to a halt. Then with a combination of the running of Tanardo Sharps and the passing of Mike McGann, the Owls strung together drive after drive after drive culminating in 17 second half points capped off by a 21 yard Cap Poklemba field goal with 29 seconds left which sealed the Temple win.

The first half however belonged to Rutgers. The Knights jumped out to the lead on a 34 yard touchdown pass from Ryan Hart to Aaron Martin. RU upped the half time lead to 14-3 when Hart, reading a blitz perfectly, hit LJ Smith for 65 yards touchdown strike. Ryan Sands' field goal put RU up 17-3 at halftime.

Gary Brackett takes down Tanardo Sharps.

 

But that advantage wasn't enough. RU was unable to move the ball on the ground in the second half and Hart found himself under continual pressure from the Dan Klecko led Temple defensive line. Hart was sacked 8 times in the game, most of them coming in the second half.

 

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) _ Tanardo Sharps carried a Big East Conference record 48 times for 215 yards and set up Cap Poklemba's game-winning 22-yard field goal with 39 seconds to play to rally Temple to a 20-17 victory over Rutgers on Saturday.

Sharps also scored on a 4-yard run and quarterback Mike McGann threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Zamir Cobb and a two-point conversion to tight end Eric Carpenter as Temple (4-7, 2-4) rallied from a 14-point halftime deficit.
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