David McCluskey scored twice on short runs and sixth-ranked Georgia, a 24-point favorite, rallied from a 7-7 halftime tie to defeat Temple, 31-14, yesterday for its 24th straight victory at home.
After McCluskey scored from three yards out in the second period, Temple tied later in the quarter on an 11-yard pass from quarterback Tim Riordan (18 of 36, 215 yards) to Paul Palmer.
But Tron Jackson, who rushed for 105 yards on seven carries, started the Bulldogs' second-half rally with a 72-yard touchdown run on the first series. Temple (2-6) came back on Riordan's five-yard touchdown pass to Russell Carter, but Kevin Butler kicked a 27-yard field goal in the period for Georgia and McCluskey and Barry Young each scored on one-yard runs in the fourth quarter.
Georgia (7-0-1), which will play No. 5 Florida Saturday in Jacksonville, lost all-America defensive back Terry Hoage in the second quarter when he suffered a severe knee sprain while making a tackle.
"They played well enough to win for three quarters," Coach Bruce Arians said of the Owls. "We competed to the point where we could have won and then we didn't win."