PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Julian Edelman passed for one touchdown and
ran for another to lead Kent State to its first non-conference win
over a Division I-A opponent in nearly two decades, a 28-17 victory
over Temple on Saturday.
Jon Drager scored twice and Najah Pruden also scored for the
Golden Flashes (4-2), who won their fourth straight. Kent State's
last non-conference, Division I-A win came against Akron in 1988,
before the Zips joined the Mid-American Conference.
Edelman threw for 211 yards and added 78 yards rushing to deal
the Owls (0-6) their 18th consecutive loss -- the longest streak in
the nation. Drager added 84 yards rushing to lead the Flashes, who
outgained the Owls 209-58 on the ground.
Kent State came into the game ranked eighth in the nation
against the pass and held Temple to 144 yards through the air.
Temple scored on its first possession on a 31-yard touchdown run
by Tim Brown to give the Owls' their first lead of the season. The
last time Temple had a lead was a 7-0 advantage against Maryland on
Oct. 8, 2005.
The Flashes responded quickly to tie the game with an 11-play,
68-yard drive, capped by Edelman's 8-yard TD scramble.
Temple took a 10-7 lead on a 32-yard field goal by Jake Brownell
late in the first.
Edelman's touchdown pass to Pruden gave the Flashes a 14-10 lead
and Drager's 3-yard run pushed the lead to 21-10 with 3:24 left in
Drager scored again in the fourth and Temple capped the scoring
with a 33-yard touchdown pass from Adam DiMichele to Bruce Francis
with 1:37 left in the game.
The Golden Flashes lead the East Division of the Mid-American
Conference and played the Owls for the first time ever. Temple will
become a member of the conference in 2007.