KICKOFF: 3:30 p.m Eastern
TV: ESPNU, WatchESPN.com
ANNOUNCERS: Bill Roth (play-by-play), Mike Golic Jr. (color analyst)
ANNOUNCERS: Mike Crispino (play-by-play), Wayne Norman (color analyst), Adam Giardino (sideline)
RECORDS: Temple (7-4, 6-1 AAC); UConn (1-10, 0-7 AAC)
POINT SPREAD: Temple -31
LAST MEETING: Bryant Shirreffs threw for three touchdowns as the Huskies beat Temple, 28-24 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia last October.
Fun with Numbers:
49 - Yards needed by running back Kevin Mensah to join David Pindell in the 1000 yard club
7 - Touchdowns allowed by the UConn defense in the final two minutes of the first half
441 - Net yards of total offense needed by David Pindell to pass Dan Orlovsky for the most in UConn history
1118 - Rushing yards by David Pindell which is tops in FBS for quarterbacks and ninth overall
41 - Rushing touchdowns allowed by UConn
13 - Rushing touchdowns by Temple running back Ryquell Armstead
What to Watch For
Running back Kevin Mensah is averaging roughly 86 yards per game this season, and a performance in line with that will help Mensah make some UConn history. The sophomore needs 49 yards to reach 1,000 rushing yards for the season and would join quarterback David Pindell; (1,118 rushing yards) in the 1,000 yard club this season, marking the first time UConn has two 1,000 rushers since Andre Dixon and Jordan Todman did so in 2009.
Historically Bad Defense
By any realistic scenario, UConn will finish the season with the worst defense in the history of collegiate football. So far, the Huskies have allowed 6,893 yards of offense, already the most in NCAA history, with four quarters left to play against the Owls. Here’s hoping things are better next year.
According to NCAA record book, 2015 Kansas set all-time mark for yards allowed at 6,730 (560.83 average) in 12 games. That would mean UConn defense (6,893 in 11, 626.6 average) would have to hold Temple to minus-163 yards in finale to avoid history.— Jeff Jacobs (@jeffjacobs123) November 19, 2018
Snap The Streak
A win over the Owls would snap a 400-day winless streak against FBS teams. If the Huskies can’t take down Temple, they’ll have another chance on Sept. 7, 2019 when they take on Illinois, which would be 687 days since their last FBS win. Since moving to the FBS level as a transitional program in 2000, the Huskies have never gone a season without at least one FBS win.