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Connecticut Huskies wide receiver Hergy Mayala (1) celebrates with wide receiver Keyion Dixon (23) after Mayala scored a touchdown during the second quarter against the Temple Owls at Lincoln Financial Field. (Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports)
Connecticut Huskies wide receiver Hergy Mayala (1) celebrates with wide receiver Keyion Dixon (23) after Mayala scored a touchdown during the second quarter against the Temple Owls at Lincoln Financial Field. (Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports)

Bryant Shirreffs threw for three touchdowns, Tyler Cole had a pick-six, and Connecticut held off Temple 28-24 on Saturday to end an eight-game skid in conference play.

The Huskies defense forced two turnovers and stopped Temple on downs three times, including the Owls' final drive, which ended in an incomplete Hail Mary pass with seconds left.

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GEICO SportsNite: Huskies lose 00:00:57
The UConn Huskies football team dropped to 3-7 on the season after Friday night's loss to the Temple Owls.

Philip Walker threw for 215 yards and three touchdowns Friday night to lead Temple to its fourth consecutive win, a 21-0 shutout of UConn.

Running back Jahad Thomas caught two of those touchdowns and had 73 receiving yards to go with 83 yards rushing. The Owls other running back, Ryquell Armstead, ran 20 times for 133 yards and Temple (7-3, 5-1 American) put up 431 yards of offense.

UConn freshman quarterback Don Williams, playing in his first game, completed 12 of 21 passes for 69 yards and ran for 66. The Huskies (3-7, 1-5) have lost four straight.

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 (James Guillory)
(James Guillory)

UConn, losers of three straight games, will look to get back into the win column in a Friday night matchup with Temple. 

After a third consecutive loss, head coach Bob Diaco made the decisions to make a change in his staff, promoting David Corley to offensive coordinator. UConn ranked 106th in the nation in total offense after a loss at East Carolina last week. The Huskies have been held under 20 points the last two games and have scored fewer than 30 in all nine contests.

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Temple University is going to be a linchpin team in the American Athletic Conference...eventually.?

The Owls, one of the better basketball programs in the Northeast and an NCAA tournament team a year ago, have had a rough go of it this season at 5-11 including an 0-5 start in the AAC.

The game will be televised on CBS Sports Network. which has sub-leased some AAC games from ESPN this season.

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