(Wednesday, November 2nd)
Final Score: Ohio 35, Temple 31
Athens, OH (Sports Network) - Tyler Tettleton threw a five-yard touchdown pass to Donte Foster with 1:41 remaining to lift the Ohio Bobcats over the Temple Owls, 35-31.
Tettleton threw for 258 yards and three touchdowns for the Bobcats (6-3, 3-2 MAC), while Donte Harden rushed for 184 yards and a score and had a 25- yard touchdown reception.
"I think it's good for our program and our university and I'm certainly proud of our players for hanging in there and winning the game in the manner that they did," said Bobcats coach Frank Solich.
Chester Stewart started under center for the Owls (5-4, 3-3), but Chris Coyer took the majority of the snaps, throwing for 123 yards and three touchdowns and rushing for 184 yards.
Bernard Pierce ran for 84 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries, but was assisted off the field in the closing minutes after a helmet-to-helmet tackle.
Rod Streater caught three passes for 82 yards and a score for Temple, which has lost two straight.
The Owls took their first lead early in the fourth quarter, when Brandon McManus' 27-yard field goal made it a 24-21 contest.
The Bobcats quickly jumped back on top, however, as Tettleton found Jordan Thompson in the back of the end zone for a two-yard touchdown. The score was set up the previous play on LaVon Brazill's diving 28-yard reception.
Brazill finished with 165 yards on seven receptions.
Coyer rushed for 31 yards on the opening play of the Owls' next drive. He also hit Streater for a 27-yard reception before finding Deon Miller in the end zone on 3rd-and-goal with 4:46 remaining.
This time it was Tettleton's turn to come through on third down. He marched the Bobcats to the Temple eight-yard line. After Harden's short rush and an incomplete pass, Tettleton scrambled from the pocket and found Foster for the game-winning touchdown.
Coyer was incomplete on 4th-and-4 from his own 33 on Temple's next drive, effectively ending the contest.
"I thought that kid did a marvelous job," Owls coach Steve Addazio said of Coyer. "We wanted to be a spread offense team with a power run game and I think you saw tonight where we might be headed."
The lone score of the first quarter came on Ohio's opening drive, which was capped by Harden's 25-yard touchdown reception for a 7-0 Bobcats lead.
Early in the second, Foster fumbled in his own territory. Temple's John Youboty recovered the loose ball and the Owls capitalized, moving to the Bobcats' five-yard line and tying the game on Evan Rodriguez's touchdown grab out of the backfield.
Ohio, though, regained the lead on its next drive. The 78-yard march was highlighted by Phil Bates' 23-yard pass to Tettleton on a fake reverse and capped by Tettleton's five-yard touchdown plunge.
Matt Weller missed a 48-yard field goal on Ohio's next possession -- his second miss of the half -- and Temple took advantage of the good field position, as Coyer reeled off a 35-yard run and followed with a 34-yard touchdown pass to Streater to make it a 14-14 game at the break.
Midway through the third quarter, a Coyer fumble was recovered by the Bobcats' Alphonso Lewis and Harden broke free for an 81-yard touchdown run two plays later to give Ohio a 21-14 lead.
Again, though, Temple answered.
Pierce carried the ball five times during an eight-play drive. The junior's last run went for 20 yards and a score, tying the game, 21-21.
11/03 01:22:29 ET