Cincinnati, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Brendon Kay tossed two touchdown passes
and ran for a score as the Cincinnati Bearcats routed the Temple Owls, 38-20,
in AAC action.
Kay carved up the Owls' defense, completing 31-of-37 passes for 270 yards in
the triumph. Tion Green carried 18 times for 91 yards and a pair of touchdowns
for Cincinnati (4-2, 1-1 AAC), which bounced back after a disappointing 26-20
loss at South Florida a week ago.
Shaq Washington matched a career-high with 11 catches for 72 yards while
Anthony McClung reeled in seven passes, including both of Kay's touchdowns.
True freshman P.J. Walker threw two touchdown passes in his first career start
for Temple (0-6, 0-3). Walker also lost a fumble and was picked off once while
running for 48 yards on nine carries.
Jalen Fitzpatrick and Clinton Granger each caught a touchdown pass, and
Kenneth Harper gained 72 yards on the ground.
Cincinnati, aided by a holding penalty that negated Harper's 12-yard run on
the first play from scrimmage, forced a quick three-and-out before Kay led a
10-play scoring drive. The senior quarterback, who took over for injured
starter Munchie Legaux in Week 2, completed all five passes on the series
which Green capped with a 24-yard touchdown run.
Later in the first, Walker rolled out to his right and found Jalen Fitzpatrick
open in the corner of the end zone. The 35-yard touchdown tied the score at
On the ensuing kickoff, Will Hayes of the Owls jarred the ball loose from
return man Ralph Abernathy. Temple recovered and Zaire Williams took it in
from a yard out to put the visitors ahead. Nick Visco's extra point was off
The back-and-forth affair continued when the Bearcats jumped back in front
early in the second period. Kay faked a bubble screen to his left, leaving the
defense off-balance when he threw deep for McClung, who made the catch at the
Temple 1 and was tackled into the end zone.
Walker's first real mistake came midway through the second, when he threw the
ball up for grabs out of his own end zone. Zach Edwards easily intercepted the
floater in Temple territory, which led to Kay's 4-yard touchdown plunge.
The freshman had a short memory however on the next Owls' possession. Walker
scampered 31 yards on the first play to the 50-yard line. He then found Harper
out of the backfield for 16 yards before connecting with Granger for a 30-yard
Green's second touchdown run late in the half capped a 71-yard scoring march
for Cincy. Green kept the drive going at the Temple 35 when he rushed for
three yards on 4th-and-2, and a pass-interference penalty on Abdul Smith set
up his 2-yard score.
Temple had an opportunity to add points before halftime, but a mental mistake
by the offensive line ultimately left them trailing 28-20 heading into the
locker rooms. The Owls took over with 1:00 left and traveled 47 yards in four
plays to the Cincinnati 28 before the line got into a scuffle with the
Bearcats' defensive line as the seconds ticked off. By the time Walker
called hike and spiked the ball, the clock had hit zero.
Cincinnati carried the momentum back onto the field after intermission,
scoring a touchdown on its opening drive. Kay was a perfect 7-for-7, including
his 4-yard touchdown pass to McClung.
Tony Miliano's 44-yard field goal was pure late in the third period to put the
Bearcats in front, 38-20.
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