PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Nate Meyer kicked a 33-yard field goal as
time expired to give Western Michigan a 19-16 win over winless
Temple on Saturday.
The Broncos (2-2) stormed the field as they celebrated their
first two-game winning streak since late in the 2003 season.
Several Owls lay stunned, their best real chance at a victory gone
and another horrible ending added to one of the worst programs in
The Owls (0-4) had plenty of chances to win -- a botched extra
point attempt cost them two points that came back to haunt them.
The Broncos also let several scoring opportunities slip away in a
game that lasted nearly four hours.
It took Western Michigan backup quarterback Robbie Haas to lead
the winning drive. Haas had the pass of the game, connecting with
Tony Scheffler on a nice sideline route that allowed the tight end
to get out of bounds at the 20 with about 30 seconds left.
Mark Bonds had a couple of short runs to make it a chip shot for
Meyer, who is 8-for-10 this year.
Trovon Riley ran for 91 yards for Western Michigan and Tony
Scheffler caught seven passes for 118 yards. Temple's Umar Ferguson
rushed for 110 yards.
Haas was needed after Ryan Cubit's solid game came to a horrible
end when he was seriously hurt when he was hit on a completed pass
late in the third quarter. Cubit, son of Western Michigan coach
Bill Cubit, did not get up and was wheeled off the field. He went
18-for-29 for 191 yards and two touchdowns.
Haas took over and promptly had a pass intercepted by Adam
Fichter, but in a typical Temple setback, Fichter was penalized for
spiking the ball.
Western Michigan has plenty to celebrate. The Broncos overcame
an 11-point deficit last week and beat Division I-AA Southern
Illinois 34-28 for their first win since Sept. 2, 2004.
The Owls haven't won since beating Syracuse 34-24 on Nov. 13 and
were outscored 170-33 to teams with a combined 8-1 record in their
first three losses to Arizona State, Wisconsin and Toledo.
A sparse crowd turned out at Lincoln Financial Field, with maybe
1,500 fans in the stands for kickoff. On the visitor's side of the
stadium, the second level and upper deck were empty. Only a few
fans were in the end zone seats and the biggest cheers came at
halftime for a kid's football game.
Temple got a 2-yard TD run from Josh Bundy and a 2-yard run from
Ferguson to take a 13-2 lead in the first quarter. After Bundy's
run, the Owls' extra point attempt was blocked and returned by
Ameer Ismail for two points.
Cubit's 8-yard touchdown pass to Joe Gardner made it 13-9.
Temple's kicking woes struck again, this time when Jake Hendy's
punt was blocked by Seth Quivey and recovered by Cornelius
Western Michigan converted the turnover into a touchdown when
Cubit connected with Ryan Jennings for a 17-yard TD pass and a
16-13 lead. Jennings became the school's career leader in
touchdowns with 28 and has caught a pass in 27 straight games.
Bruce Gordon's 22-yard reception set up a 26-yard tying field
goal from Ryan Lux with 1:38 left in the half.