PHILADELPHIA -- Western Michigan got a 30-yard touchdown pass from Tim Hiller and then relied on its defense to hold on to a 7-3 victory over Temple on Saturday.
Hiller completed 26 of 42 passes for 252 yards, including a scoring pass to Juan Nunez with 2:16 remaining in the third quarter, as the Broncos (4-1, 2-0 Mid-American Conference) won their fourth straight game after losing their opener at Nebraska.
Western Michigan running back Brandon West -- who had rushed for 432 yards and three touchdowns in its first four games -- was held to 35 yards on 15 carries by the Owl defense.
Temple (1-4, 0-2) dropped its fourth in a row after winning its opener at Army, 35-7.
In two home losses to Connecticut and Western Michigan, the Owls have yet to score a touchdown, managing a total of 12 points on four field goals.
Freshman quarterback Chester Stewart made his first career start in place of Adam DiMichele, who sat out with an injured shoulder. Stewart was 10-of-20 for 60 yards and struggled to throw the ball downfield.
The Owls led 3-0 at halftime on a 45-yard field goal by Jake Brownell early in the first quarter. But Brownell missed two other kicks -- a 39-yarder in the first quarter and a 28-yarder off the right upright in the fourth quarter.
It was the latest frustrating loss for Temple, which also fell in difficult fashion to Connecticut, 12-9, in overtime and 30-28 at Buffalo on a touchdown pass with no time remaining. The Owls were hurt Saturday by 10 costly penalties for 76 yards.
Western Michigan defeated Temple 16-3 last year and now leads the all-time series 7-0.
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