PISCATAWAY, New Jersey (Ticker) -- Cap Poklema kicked a 22-yard field goal with 39 seconds remaining as Temple erased a 14-point second-half deficit to defeat Rutgers, 20-17, in a matchup of Big East Conference lightweights.
Tanardo Sharps scored on a four-yard run 2:43 into the second half to get the Owls within 17-9, but punter Mik McLaughlin's two-point conversion rush failed.
But the Owls shut down the Scarlet Knights' offense, and with 3:17 remaining, Mike McGann tossed a 17-yard touchdown to Zamir Cobb, and the quarterback was successful on a two-point conversion pass to Eric Carpenter to tie the score.
The Owls then stopped the Scarlet Knights and drove 34 yards on seven plays to set up Poklemba's field goal.
Sharps rushed for 215 yards on a Big East-record 48 carries as Temple outgained Rutgers on the ground, 271 to minus 13.
The Owls (4-7, 2-4 Big East) outgained the Scarlet Knights (1-9, 0-6), 400-142, en route to snapping a three-game losing streak. Rutgers has lost its last seven contests.
McGann was 12-of-28 for 129 yards and one interception for Temple, which overcame five turnovers in the rainy conditions. Ryan Hart was 14-of-27 for 155 yards, two TDs and one interception for Rutgers, which committed four turnovers.
Hart threw first-half touchdowns of 35 yards to Aaron Martin and 53 yards to L.J. Smith before Ryan Sands gave the Scarlet Knights a 17-3 advantage with a 31-yard field goal just before the break.