AUSTIN — One year after Temple outdueled Austin Westlake in a wild 49-42 shootout, the Chaparrals returned the favor on their home turf – and in heartbreaking fashion for the Wildcats.
Temple seemingly was in total control as it led 35-17 only 4 minutes into the second half Friday night at Chaparral Stadium. But Westlake took advantage of a pair of Wildcat fumbles and outscored penalty-plagued Temple 28-6 the rest of the way, with Jordan Severt’s 10-yard touchdown pass to Patrick Elliott with a minute left, lifting the Chaps to a dramatic 45-41 victory.
A week after its 48-42 home win over Round Rock, Temple (1-1) fell despite racking up 597 yards total offense. The Wildcats committed 18 penalties for 131 yards, with 14 infractions for 108 yards in the second half.
After Westlake’s go-ahead touchdown with a minute left, the Wildcats had a final opportunity to win. Junior quarterback Chad President drove Temple inside the Chaps’ 20-yard line, but his scrambling pass to the right side of the end zone was broken up as time expired.
President was 20-for-28 passing for 242 yards, with two interceptions — Rhodes Legg returned one for a 65-yard touchdown in the first half — and no touchdowns after he threw four in the season opener. The Baylor commitment ran for 120 yards and three TDs against Westlake. Temple junior Jeff Carr rushed 29 times for 197 yards and a touchdown, but he lost two fumbles on consecutive third-quarter possessions and Westlake (1-1) made the Wildcats pay.
Severt, a Southern Methodist commitment, hit Brian Keeney for a 5-yard touchdown pass and fired a 38-yard scoring strike to Elliott as Westlake scored two TDs in 38 seconds to cut Temple’s lead to 35-30 with 3:12 left in the third quarter. Severt passed for 406 yards, hitting Elliott 12 times for 179 yards.