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Giant Killers: Temple 1998

Mitch Wilson@sportschatplaceSenior Writer IMay 17, 2009

PHILADELPHIA - NOVEMBER 10:  Wide receiver Ernest Wilford #19 of the Virginia Tech Hokies makes a catch in front of cornerback Yazid Jackson #26 of the Temple Owls during the Big East Conference football game on November 10, 2001 at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Virginia Tech defeated Temple 35-0 . (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

There are games which are upsets and games which nothing seems to make sense, I would say that this installment in the Giant Killers series fits comfortably in both.

On October 17, 1998, Virginia Tech was thinking National Championship. They were 5-0 going into this game and were a 35 point favorite.

Temple entered the contest 0-26 all time in Big East road games and had lost 26 in a row to ranked opponents, most people simply gave the Owls no chance and the game was an afterthought.

The Owls played 20 freshmen in this game and were winless coming in as Virginia Tech was ranked 14th and were 5-0 sporting the 4th ranked defense in the country.

With the Hokies leading 17-0 near halftime, the game looked over as the Hokies had allowed just 30 points in their previous five games combined.

Temple third string QB, Freshman Devon Scott, making his first start, raliied the troops and before the game was over hit for two long TD's of 67 and 80 yards to bring the Owls close with the game winding down.

With 6:04 remaining, the unthinkable happened, Scott found the endzone once again, this time running to give Temple the lead 28-24.

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Virginia Tech wasn't done yet. The Hokies mounted a furious charge and as the game wound down to it's final 19 seconds Virginia Tech had the ball on the Temple two yard line with a fourth down play.

The Hokies chance of a comeback and a National Title died as Tailback Lamont Pegues, who ended the day with 166 yards rushing, was stopped for a three yard loss.

To this day, this game is the biggest win in the history of Temple football and is always mentioned in college football's biggest upsets.

On October 17, 1998, if even for just that day, the Temple Owls were truly Giant Killers.

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