EMU Falls to Temple 49-40

Updated 9/23/2000
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    PHILADELPHIA (AP) (September 23, 2000) -- Walter Church completed 34 of 50 passes for 364 yards and three touchdowns for Eastern Michigan and helped lead a 21-point fourth quarter, but the Eagles fell to Temple, 49-40, on Sept. 23.

    Tanardo Sharps rushed for a career-high 203 yards and two long touchdowns and Devin Scott threw three scoring passes to lead Temple.

    The Owls moved to 3-1 for the first time since 1987 and are looking for their first winning season since 1990.

    Sharps came up with two 65-yard touchdown runs, the second coming with 1:50 left in the third quarter to put Temple ahead 42-19. Sharps cut left, then to the middle as he outraced the Eastern Michigan secondary to the goal line.

    Sharps' 203 yards were the most by a Temple running back since Todd McNair ran for 213 yards against Pittsburgh in 1987.

    Scott completed 10 of 16 passes for 163 yards and two first-half touchdowns. Scott hit Greg Muckerson on a 36-yard scoring strike early in the first quarter. He later connected with tight end Tyrone Ditzel on a 6-yard pass with 13 seconds left that gave Temple a 28-12 halftime lead.

    John White, who finished the game with 111 yards on 24 carries, brought Eastern Michigan back to 28-19 on a 2-yard run with 9:10 left in the third quarter.

    But Temple extended its lead again when Scott found Ikey Chuku for a 39-yard scoring strike.

    Eastern Michigan (1-3) took a 3-0 lead on Toller Starnes' 30-yard field. Temple then scored three TDs, including a 1-yard keeper by Scott that gave the Owls a 21-3 lead.

    Walter Church completed 34 of 50 passes for 364 yards and three touchdowns for Eastern Michigan and helped lead a 21-point fourth quarter.

    Ken Christian set an Eastern Michigan record with 20 catches for 198 yards.

    Temple's 49 points were the most scored by the Owls since they routed Rutgers 56-28 last season.