PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- Tanardo Sharps lived up to his name, rushing for a career-high 203 yards and a touchdown as Temple closed a disappointing season with a 56-7 rout of Connecticut at Franklin Field.
The junior rushed for 375 yards in the final two games of the season. He ran for 172 in last week's 17-14 victory at West Virginia.
Temple (4-7) won its final game for the first time since 1990, but fell short of its preseason goal of a winning season.
The Owls took out their frustrations on Connecticut (2-9), which becomes a member of the Big East Conference in 2005 and in effect takes the place of Temple.
Big East officials voted Temple out of the conference, citing poor attendance, and the Owls will leave after the 2004 campaign.
Temple scored early and often, racing to a 28-0 lead after the first quarter. It took the Owls only 16 seconds to get on the board as Makonne Fenton returned the opening kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown.
Mac Devito completed 13-of-18 passes for 202 yards and four touchdowns for Temple.
Sharps ripped off a 58-yard TD run to make it 14-0 just over four minutes later. Devito tossed TD passes of four yards to Harold Jackson and 14 yards to Gerald Butler to give the Owls their 28-point lead.
Lester Trammer banged in from a yard out with 2:09 left in the second period to make it 35-0 at the half.
The Owls poured it on with three more touchdowns in the third quarter, including TD passes of 46 and 10 yards to Sean Dillard.
The Huskies, who completed their second year in Division I-A, avoided a shutout on Evan Benson's two-yard TD run with 3:37 to play.
Connecticut's wins came against Rutgers and Eastern Michigan. The Huskies were 1-2 against the Big East, also suffering a 52-10 season-opening loss to Virginia Tech.