Owls lose two starters to injury during loss

Temple's running back Kenneth Harper gets pulled down abruptly by Connecticut's Tim Willman and Taylor Mack short gain. (Michael Bryant/Staff Photographer)

Coach Matt Rhule announced two starters were injured in the Owls’ 28-21 loss to Connecticut on Saturday night.

Junior wide receiver Jalen Fitzpatrick suffered a broken hand. The injury occurred early in the game, Rhule said. He didn't know whether it was Fitzpatrick's right or left hand.

Fitzpatrick caught one pass for 7 yards on the Owls' first drive of the game. Fitzpatrick was the Owls' leading receiver going into the game, with 34 catches for 410 yards and three touchdowns.

Senior tight end Chris Parthemore suffered a separated shoulder. He left the game early in the first half and didn't return. Rhule didn't know whether it was his right or left shoulder.

Senior tight end Chris Coyer, who was questionable for the game with an ankle injury, played in Parthemore's place. Entering the game, Parthemore had six catches for 51 yards and a touchdown.