Snead helps East Carolina knock off Temple

Tyler Snead scored on a 95-yard kickoff return and a 46-yard reception, leading East Carolina to a 28-3 win over the host Temple in an American Athletic Conference game on Saturday in Philadelphia.Kickoff was delayed 50 minutes due to COVID-19 protocol issues. According to reports, a non-playing close personal contact of a Temple player tested positive for COVID-19.The Pirates (2-6, 2-5 AAC) snapped a four-game losing streak, and they did it against a team that had beaten them in each of the past six years.Temple (1-6, 1-6) has lost five straight games.Snead, a sophomore who entered the game with 12 career touchdowns, had 244 all-purpose yards against Temple. On his kickoff return, he broke through three weak attempts at tackles and escaped injury despite diving into some empty end-zone seats.Pirates quarterback Holton Ahlers completed 11 of 22 passes for 182 yards and two touchdowns, with one interception. He also ran for 70 yards and one score.Kamal Gray, a true freshman walk-on, started at quarterback for the Owls, who have lost their top three passers due to injury or illness. He completed 10 of 18 passes for 95 yards and was intercepted once.Gray was benched in the third quarter and replaced with wide receiver Branden Mack.On a day in which the depleted Owls had just 51 scholarship players — and 26 of those were freshmen — defensive end Evan Boozer was a rare Temple standout, blocking a field goal and recovering a fumble.East Carolina scored first, taking a 7-0 lead on Ahlers’ 60-yard pass to C.J. Johnson with 33 seconds remaining in the opening quarter. Prior to that, Pirates kicker Jake Verity missed a field goal from 35 yards and had a 42-yarder blocked by Boozer.