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Ohio outscores Temple, 35-31

Ohio running back Donte Harden (8) follows the blocking of Joe Fading (78) as he gains some of his 184 yards in the Bobcats 35-31 Mid-American Conference win over Temple on Wednesday. (The Ironton Tribune / Kent Sanborn of Southern Ohio Sports Photos.com)

ATHENS (AP) — Tyler Tettleton threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Donte Foster with 1:41 left, and Donte Harden ran for 184 yards and scored twice in Ohio’s 35-31 victory over Temple on Wednesday night.

Ohio (6-3, 3-2 Mid-American) took the lead from Temple (5-4, 3-3) in the conference East Division standings and became bowl eligible for the third straight year.

Tettleton was 15 of 24 for 258 yards and three touchdowns and scored on a 5-yard run. LaVon Brazill had seven catches for 165 yards, and Harden had two receptions for 75 yards.

Temple quarterback Chris Coyer ran for 184 yards on 17 carries and completed 8 of 14 passes for 123 yards and three touchdowns.

Temple tied it at 21 late in the third quarter on Bernard Pierce’s 20-yard run, and took the lead on Brandon McManus’ 27-yard field goal with 10:57 left.

Tettleton put the Bobcats back in front with a 2-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Thompson with 7:51 to play, but the Owls regained the lead at 31-28 on Coyer’s 9-yard scoring pass to Deon Miller with 4:46 to go.

Harden gave the Bobcats a 21-14 lead with an 81-yard run midway through the third quarter. He also had two big plays in a row on Ohio’s opening possession of the game, running for 33 yards and catching a 25-yard touchdown pass.

Temple tied it at 7 early in the second quarter on Coyer’s 5-yard pass to Evan Rodriguez.

Tettleton countered with his 5-yard TD run, and Coyer pulled the Owls even again with two straight big plays, running for 35 yards and throwing a 34-yard touchdown pass to Rod Streater with 2:07 left in the half.

Temple 0 14 7 10 — 31

Ohio 7 7 7 14 — 35

First Quarter

SF—Gore 4 run (Akers kick), 12:44.

Ohio—Harden 25 pass from Tettleton (Weller kick), 12:55.

Second Quarter

Tem—Rodriguez 5 pass from Coyer (McManus kick), 11:49.

Ohio—Tettleton 5 run (Weller kick), 6:54.

Tem—Streater 34 pass from Coyer (McManus kick), 2:07.

Third Quarter

Ohio—Harden 81 run (Weller kick), 6:37.

Tem—Be.Pierce 20 run (McManus kick), 2:43.

Fourth Quarter

Tem—FG McManus 27, 10:57.

Ohio—Thompson 2 pass from Tettleton (Weller kick), 7:51.

Tem—Miller 9 pass from Coyer (McManus kick), 4:46.

Ohio—Foster 5 pass from Tettleton (Weller kick), 1:41.

A—17,490.

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Tem Ohio

First downs 18 22

Rushes-yards 45-308 42-240

Passing 129 281

Comp-Att-Int 9-17-0 16-25-0

Return Yards (-4) 1

Punts-Avg. 5-43.0 3-53.3

Fumbles-Lost 2-1 2-1

Penalties-Yards 6-53 4-58

Time of Possession 31:47 28:13

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING—Temple, Coyer 17-184, Be.Pierce 22-84, McManus 1-23, Ma.Brown 5-17. Ohio, Harden 20-184, Blankenship 6-37, Tettleton 11-29, Boykin 2-(minus 3), Team 3-(minus 7).

PASSING—Temple, Coyer 8-14-0-123, Stewart 1-3-0-6. Ohio, Tettleton 15-24-0-258, Bates 1-1-0-23.

RECEIVING—Temple, Streater 3-82, Rodriguez 3-26, Miller 1-9, Alderman 1-6, J.Jones 1-6. Ohio, Brazill 7-165, Harden 2-75, Foster 2-7, Tettleton 1-23, Dunlop 1-9, Dovell 1-3, Thompson 1-2, Bates 1-(minus 3).

MISSED FIELD GOALS—None.