W. Virginia 24, Temple 13
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) _ Rahsaan Vanterpool caught six passes for 135 yards and West Virginia overcame a sloppy start Saturday for a 24-13 victory over Temple.
Aaron Beasley, who led the nation in interceptions last season, added his first of the season to stop a drive by the Owls (0-2, 0-1 Big East), who are 0-26 against conference teams since the league formed in 1991.
The victory was costly for West Virginia (1-1, 1-0). Junior cornerback and kick returner Mike Logan, who Mountaineers coach Don Nehlen has called the best athlete on his team, broke his right arm.
West Virginia moved the ball early but stopped itself with mistakes.
Robert Walker fumbled at the Temple 10 to stop one drive. West Virginia blew another scoring opportunity when Bryan Baumann’s 28-yard field goal attempt was blocked by Robert McWilliams.
The latter set up Temple’s first score, a 1-yard run by Ramod Lee to give the Owls a 7-0 lead.
Vanterpool took over just before the half, though, catching three passes for 78 yards as West Virginia marched for its first score, a 2-yard run by Jimmy Gary with 54 seconds left in the half to make it 7-7.
West Virginia scored 17 unanswered points at the start of the second half to put the game away. Baumann kicked a 36-yard field goal, Kantroy Barber ran for a TD and Chad Johnston threw a 30-yard pass to tight end Lovett Purnell on third-and-23.
Owls quarterback Henry Burris, the fourth-ranked passer in school history, was just 13 of 36 for 153 yards, including the interception on first-and-goal from the 4. Burris tried to force the ball to Troy Kersey with three defensive backs in the area, and Beasley came away with the ball.
Johnston was 13 of 19 for 210 yards and a touchdown.
Walker finished with 16 carries for 96 yards, but spent the final quarter on the sideline while trainers iced his ankle. Temple’s starting tailback, Juan Gaddy, bruised his right thigh fielding the opening kickoff and didn’t play again.
Logan, injured in the second quarter, previously broke the arm at the beginning of last season and missed most of the year. He also broke his right wrist last March and missed spring drills. It was not immediately clear how long he will be out.