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Eaglebank Bowl

December 30, 2009 by USA Post 

6a00d8341c630a53ef0128768e5471970c-500wiEaglebank Bowl:Nothing much happens the rest of the way, and UCLA wins the EagleBank Bowl, 30-21, to finish the season 7-6. Temple drops to 9-4.

UCLA 30, Temple 21 (4:30 remaining in fourth quarter)

A woeful possession for Temple, which lost six yards in three plays and, facing fourth and 16 from its own 17, had to punt. The snap went way over the punter’s head and out of the end zone for a safety.

UCLA 28, Temple 21 (6:00 remaining in fourth quarter)

After a punt, Temple took possession on its 18. Two sacks and penalty later, it was third and 20 from the 8. Owls quarterback Vaughn Charlton dropped back to pass, and found a wide open Akeem Ayers. Unfortunately for Owls fans, Ayers plays for UCLA, and he strolled into the end zone for the easiest interception return you’ll ever see. The Bruins then converted the two-point try to take a seven-point lead.

Temple 21, UCLA 20 (12:31 remaining in fourth quarter)

UCLA gets a little closer with a 42-yard field goal by Kai Forbath, his 37th consecutive from within 50 yards. But the Bruins could have had much more. With a first down at the Temple 23-yard line, tailback Johnathan Franklin slipped on a draw play. He gained four yards, but had a huge hole. Guard Nick Ekbatani was then called for a false start. The pass protection broke down on second down. Tight end Logan Paulsen then had the ball go off his finger tips in the end zone.

Temple 21, UCLA 17 (end of third quarter)

UCLA is hanging close through three quarters because of big plays by its defense. Reggie Carter stopped Temple on a fourth down at the Bruins’ nine-yard line and safety Rahim Moore intercepted a deep pass on the UCLA seven.

The Bruins trail, 21-17, heading into the fourth quarter.

Temple 21, UCLA 17 (6:43 remaining, third quarter)

UCLA stops Temple on a fourth-and-one play at the Bruins’ nine-yard line. Linebacker Reggie Carter plugs the hole and stops Matt Brown for no gain.

Temple 21, UCLA 17 (11:59 remaining, third quarter)

UCLA brought something with it out of the locker room for the second half … some consistency on offense.

On fourth-and-one at the Temple 32, quarterback Kevin Prince found Terrence Austin in the flat. A crushing block by wide receiver Taylor Embree set Austin loose on the sidelines for the score.

Temple 21, UCLA 10 (halftime)

Temple mismanaged the its last possession, giving the ball back to UCLA with 17 seconds left. Kevin Prince completed two passes for 33 yards to set up kicker Kai Forbath, who hits a 40-yard field goal with one second to send UCLA into the locker room with some momentum, trailing 21-10.

Temple 21, UCLA 7

Temple put together an impressive 85-yard drive, mixing passes and runs, to take the lead. Quarterback Vaughn Charlton completed three of four passes for 42 yards, including a 21-yard completion to Delano Green on third down to put the Owls on the UCLA 11-yared line. Tailback Bernard Pierce scored on the next play, picking his way through the UCLA defense. Pierce had 24 yards rushing on the drive.

UCLA quarterback Kevin Prince, who was shaken up on the Bruins’ last possession, remains in the game. Prince’s second pass is intercepted by Marquise Liverpool. Temple has ball on the 15-yard line.

UCLA quarterback Kevin Craft is loosening up after Kevin Prince was leveled on a third-down pass play. Trainers are working on Prince’s chin and administering smelling salt.

UCLA 7, Temple 7, end of first quarter

Quarterbacks have had the big moments in the first quarter, which ended tied, 7-7. Temple’s Vaughn Charlton has completed seven of eight passes for 100 yards, including a 26-yard touchdown pass to Steve Marneri. UCLA’s Kevin Prince has completed three of five passes for 48 yards, including a 46-yard touchdown pass to Nelson Rosario.

UCLA 7, Temple 7

Two big plays get the Bruins even. Terrence Austin returns a punt 47 yards. On the first play, Kevin Prince hits Nelson Rosario, who makes a juggling catch, before loping into the end zone on a 46-yard touchdown play.

Temple 7, UCLA 0

Temple takes the opening kickoff and drives 80 yards in six plays. The Bruins were expecting the Owls to grind out. Instead two big pass plays got Temple on the board.

Quarterback Vaughn Charlton connected with James Nixon, who split defensive backs Alterraun Verner and Sheldon Price, for a 43-yard game. Vanughn then found tight end Steve Maneri at the eight-yard line. Marneri brushed off safety Tony Dye and dragged Price into the end for a 26-yard touchdown pass.

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