(Tuesday, October 21st)
Final Score: Temple 14, Ohio University 10
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Adam DiMichele made a successful return to the field, connecting with Steve Maneri on a five-yard touchdown pass with 1:51 remaining in the fourth quarter to lift Temple to a comeback 14-10 win over Ohio University in a Mid-American Conference clash.
DiMichele, who completed 9-of-22 passes for 79 yards, played for the first time in a month after suffering an injury to his right shoulder in a 45-3 loss at Penn State on September 20.
The Owls, who scored both their touchdowns in the fourth quarter, got a crucial call reversal in the final minute, as Brandon Peterson's first down catch was overturned, giving the ball back to Temple.
Kee-ayre Griffin rushed 22 times for 85 yards with a score for the Owls (3-5, 2-3 MAC), who pulled within a half-game of Akron for first place in the East Division. The Owls won despite 143 yards of total offense.
Boo Jackson connected on 23-of-40 passes for 220 yards for the Bobcats (2-6, 1-3), who were coming off a win over Kent State. Chris Garrett gained 48 yards on 14 carries with a TD in the loss.
In the start of a wild final quarter, the Owls -- trailing 10-7 -- drove from the Ohio 46 to the two, but despite having a 1st-and-goal, they were forced to try to settle for a 25-yard field goal from Anthony Perlozzo, but the kick was wide left with 4:43 remaining.
The Bobcats gave the ball back to the Owls on the ensuing play as Jackson's handoff to Garrett was botched, and Terrance Knighton fell on the ball for Temple at the 18.
DiMichele converted a 3rd-and-10 with a 17-yard pass to Bruce Francis. Two plays later, DiMichele scrambled before firing the ball to a diving Maneri in the back of the end zone. Jake Brownell came in to kick the extra point, barely getting the ball inside the right upright for a 14-10 lead.
Jackson tried to rally the Bobcats, converting a 4th-and-5 with a 31-yard connection to Garrett to the Owls 37. Then, facing a 4th-and-17, Jackson scrambled to his right and threw across his body to Peterson, who dove to seemingly make a catch just past the first-down marker. After a replay, officials concluded the ball hit the ground, albeit barely, and the Owls were given possession with 20 seconds left, and ran out the clock.
Barrett Way kicked a 25-yard field goal with 8:15 left in the first quarter, and Ohio expanded that lead to 10-0 with 7:19 remaining in the second thanks to Garrett's two-yard TD run to the right side. The Bobcats moved the ball 14 plays from their own seven to the end zone, consuming nearly eight minutes.
Ohio was threatening for more points later in the second, but Jackson was sacked for a 15-yard loss, and the Bobcats punted despite being at the Owls 31.
The Bobcats botched a field goal attempt early in the third quarter, and the Owls finally got on the scoreboard with 10:53 remaining in the fourth on Griffin's one-yard TD run to the left side.
10/22 00:08:07 ET