Scores

Final

Fordham 30

(3-0, 1-0 away)

Temple 29

(0-3, 0-2 home)

1:00 PM ET, September 14, 2013

Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA

1 2 3 4 T
FOR 3 10 7 1030
TEM 0 7 7 1529

Top Performers

Passing: M. Nebrich (FOR) - 320 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: C. Koonce (FOR) - 27 CAR, 168 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: S. Ajala (FOR) - 7 REC, 134 YDS, 1 TD

Fordham holds off late rally to beat Temple 30-29

Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA -- Michael Nebrich found Sam Ajala in the end zone for a 29-yard touchdown with four seconds remaining to give Fordham a 30-29 win over Temple at Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday.

The win is Fordham's first over an FBS opponent since it reinstated its football program in 1970 and advances the Rams to 3-0 this season. Temple, meanwhile, is 0-3 for the first time since 2007. This is the Owls' 11th all-time loss to an FCS team.

Nebrich completed 23 of 36 attempts for 320 yards and two touchdowns. His final pass, the game-winner, was reviewed when Temple challenged that Ajala was an ineligible receiver after he went out of bounds.

The touchdown was upheld when the referees ruled that Ajala was forced out and legally re-entered the field.

Temple nearly rallied in the second half behind emergency quarterback Connor Reilly, who started Temple's first two games but injured his right knee in the fourth quarter last week.

Temple trailed 20-7 in the third quarter but Reilly led the offense to three touchdowns on his first three drives, twice giving Temple the lead in the second half.

But on his final play of the game, Reilly engaged in a prolonged scrambled before he was finally sacked. He finished the game 7-for-8 passing for 69 yards with two touchdowns, after appearing in relief of senior backup Clinton Granger and freshman P.J. Walker.

Reilly said after the game that his injury is officially a bone bruise and a sprained ACL.

For Fordham, Ajala finished as Nebrich's leading receiver, with seven receptions and 134 yards. Carlton Koonce amassed 194 total yards and a touchdown on 26 rushes and four receptions.

Temple linebacker Tyler Matakevich recorded a game-high 14 tackles. Matakevich has led Temple in tackles in 10 of the 11 games he's started, dating back to last season.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
FOR
TEM
1st Downs2627
Total Yards520385
Passing320140
Rushing200245
Penalties8-705-34
3rd Down Conversions6-168-13
4th Down Conversions3-50-1
Turnovers02
Possession34:4325:17

Passing Leaders

FordhamC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Nebrich23/363208.920
TempleC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Reilly7/8698.610

Rushing Leaders

FordhamCARYDSAVGTDLG
Koonce271686.2148
Nebrich17291.708
TempleCARYDSAVGTDLG
Harper161056.6118
Williams14815.8022

Receiving Leaders

FordhamRECYDSAVGTDLG
Ajala713419.1152
Jones710915.6040
TempleRECYDSAVGTDLG
Coyer55010.0114
Christopher33712.3016

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERFORTEM
FG00:49Michael Marando 44 Yd 30
SECOND QUARTERFORTEM
TD10:27Clinton Granger 1 Yd Run (Jim Cooper Jr. Kick) 37
TD09:05Carlton Koonce 16 Yd Run (Michael Marando Kick) 107
FG00:00Michael Marando 47 Yd 137
THIRD QUARTERFORTEM
TD06:21Brian Wetzel 18 Yd Pass From Michael Nebrich (Michael Marando Kick) 207
TD03:10Kenneth Harper 4 Yd Run (Nick Visco Kick) 2014
FOURTH QUARTERFORTEM
TD12:41Connor Reilly 15 Yd Run (Nick Visco Kick) 2021
FG07:03Michael Marando 24 Yd 2321
TD04:34Chris Coyer 7 Yd Pass From Connor Reilly (Clinton Granger Run For Two-Point Conversion) 2329
TD00:04Sam Ajala 29 Yd Pass From Michael Nebrich (Michael Marando Kick) 3029

Research Notes

Temple lost at home to Fordham today, 30-29. It is the 3rd loss for an American Athletic Conference team to an FCS opponent this year. In the opening week of the season, Connecticut lost to Towson and South Florida lost to McNeese State. In addition, in Week 2, SMU had to rally to beat Montana State by a point.
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