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CINCINNATI: The Bearcats shook off a sluggish start and ended up rolling to a
38-20 win over Temple last Friday night. The win was the first in league play
this season for the Bearcats, who are now 4-2 overall and 1-2 in the AAC.
Cincinnati finished with 475 total yards marking the 19th straight game the
team has had at least 340 yards in a game. Brendon Kay had a strong day
through the air, completing a career-high 31-of-37 pass attempts for 270 yards
and two touchdowns. Kay also rushed for a touchdown and had a pair of punts
that pinned Temple within its own 20-yard line. Tion Green rushed for a
career-high 91 yards and two scores on 18 carries. Shaq Washington (11
receptions, 72 yards) led the team in catches while Anthony McClung brought in
seven passes for 86 yards and two scores. Greg Blair had a team-high nine
tackles for the Bearcats, who held the Owls to a 4-of-11 conversion rate on
third down. Cincinnati will be at home again next Saturday against
CONNECTICUT: In the Huskies' AAC opener they were unable to get a win as they
fell 13-10 to South Florida at Rentschler Field. The loss also came in the
first game for the Huskies under interim head coach T.J. Weist, who took over
after Paul Pasqualoni was let get go following the team's 0-4 start. UConn
lost despite out-gaining USF (356-228), while earning eight more first downs
(21-13). The Huskies also failed to get into the red zone in the contest,
scoring their lone touchdown on a 52-yard run from Lyle McCombs. Freshman
quarterback Tim Boyle got his first start under center and completed only 15-
of-43 pass attempts for 149 yards and was sacked three times. Geremy Davis
tied for a team-high with six receptions, while totaling a team-best 80 yards.
McCombs rushed for a career-high 164 yards and the score on 20 carries. The
Huskies had 207 yards on the ground overall. Jeff Ashiru had a team-high 10
tackles, while Shamar Stephen had eight stops and one of two sacks by UConn.
The Huskies start a two-game road trip next week against Cincinnati.
HOUSTON: The Cougars are still undefeated following a 25-15 win over former
Conference USA rival Memphis this past weekend. Houston (5-0, 2-0 AAC) and
Louisville are the only teams remaining in the conference that have yet to
lose a game. Houston has opened a season at 5-0 for just the fifth time in
school history. The Cougars put up points in each quarter of the contest and
have now done so in 27 straight periods dating back to last season. The
Cougars did not allow a touchdown in the contest, the first time that has
happened since 2011. Freshman quarterback John O'Korn improved to 3-0 as
starter for the Cougars, despite completing just 13-of-30 pass attempts for
198 yards. Deontay Greenberry had a team-best 76 yards on four receptions as
the Cougars failed to have a 100-yard receiver for the first time this year.
Kenneth Farrow scored a pair of touchdowns in the contest but had just 33
yards on 15 carries. As a team Houston was out-gained in total offense
349-247) by more than 100 yards. The defense did not allow a touchdown to
Memphis in three red zone trips. Efrem Oliphant had a game-high 13 tackles.
Houston takes a break from league play when it hosts BYU this Saturday.
LOUISVILLE: In perhaps its biggest test of the season, eight-ranked Louisville
was able to pull out a 24-10 victory over conference rival Rutgers. The
Cardinals improved to 6-0 overall with the victory, to become bowl eligible
for the fourth straight season. The Cardinals had more than 400 yards of total
offense for the sixth time this season, while holding Rutgers to just 240. The
Scarlet Knights were also the third straight opponent to have fewer than 55
yards rushing against the Cardinals with just 12. In the win, Teddy
Bridgewater was solid, completing 21-of-31 pass attempts for 310 yards and two
scores, though he was intercepted for just the second time this season.
Bridgewater set a program record by throwing for a touchdown for the 18th
straight game. Damian Copeland collected eight passes for 115 yards. Kai De La
Cruz (three receptions, 56 yards, TD) got the start in place of the injured
DeVante Parker, who was sidelined with a shoulder injury. Senorise Perry
rushed for 104 yards and a score on 13 carries. He is the first player this
season to rush for 100 yards against Rutgers. Calvin Pryor had a game-high 14
tackles and one of three interceptions, while Marcus Smith recorded three of
eight sacks. Another big test awaits Louisville, which faces UCF next week.
MEMPHIS: For the second straight week the Tigers failed to get enough going
offensively as they fell 25-15 to Houston. With the loss the Tigers are just
1-4 overall, while winless in two chances against league foes. The Tigers held
the Cougars to a season-low 247 yards of total offense, including just 38 on
the ground. Memphis also won the time of possession battle (35:56 to 24:04)
and limited the Cougars to a 4-of-14 success rate on third down. However
Memphis failed to get in the end zone all game, despite making three trips to
the red zone. Jake Elliott accounted for all of scoring with a 5-of-5 effort
on field goals, including a career-long 50-yarder. Paxton Lynch completed 21-
of-41 pass attempts for 222 yards and Brandon Hayes rushed for 72 yards on 12
carries. Hayes was one of seven players to have a carry in the contest. Mose
Frazier caught five passes for 81 yards as one of nine players to record a
reception. Tank Jakes led the Tigers in both tackles (nine) and tackles for
loss (2.5), while Martin Ifedi had a sack. He now has 6.5 this season. Memphis
will be at home in its next three games beginning against SMU next week.
RUTGERS: The Scarlet Knights fought admirably but came up short in an upset
bid against No. 8 Louisville by taking a 24-10 loss. Rutgers limited
Louisville to a season-low in points in the contest, while forcing a season-
high three turnovers from the Cardinals. However, Rutgers also had a season-
low in points, while totaling just 240 yards of total offense. The Scarlet
Knights also had 10 fewer first downs than Louisville (25-15), converting on
just 3-of-13 third down chances. Gary Nova completed 19-of-36 pass attempts
for 202 yards and a score but was also intercepted four times, while being
sacked eight times. Justin Goodwin, a week after rushing for a career-high 149
yards, had just 38 yards on 11 carries as the leading rusher. Brandon Coleman
(66 yards) and Ruhann Peele (58 yards) each tied for a team-high five
receptions, while Tyler Kroft had four receptions for 44 yards and the lone
Rutgers touchdown. Steve Longa had a team-high 11 tackles, including two for
loss. Rutgers will have a week to dwell on the tough loss as it is idle next
week before a three-game homestand.
SMU: Following a 55-52 loss in triple overtime to Rutgers in its league
opener, SMU was off this past weekend. The Mustangs get back to work on the
road this Saturday against Memphis.
SOUTH FLORIDA: After dropping their first four non-conference games, the Bulls
are suddenly a perfect 2-0 in league play after handing UConn a 13-10 loss.
The win was the second straight for the Bulls, who are now 2-4 overall and
tied with Houston and Louisville atop the AAC standings. In the win the Bulls
had only 228 yards of total offense and 13 first downs, compared to 356 yards
and 21 from the Huskies. Marvin Kloss nailed two field goals in as many
attempts and Aaron Lynch returned a fumble 44 yards for a touchdown to account
for the Bulls' scoring. Kloss has made nine straight field goals and the Bulls
have had a defensive touchdown in three straight games. Bobby Eveld got the
start at quarterback and completed just 8-of-28 attempts for 106 yards and an
interception. Darius Tice, who got the start with Marcus Shaw out with a
hamstring injury, had a team-high 69 yards on 11 carries. DeDe Lattimore
tallied a game-high 11 tackles. USF will be idle next weekend as it gets ready
to host Louisville the following Saturday.
TEMPLE: Despite holding a lead after the first quarter, Temple fell yet again
on Friday night with a 38-20 setback against Cincinnati. The loss was the
seventh straight for the Owls dating back to last season as they continue to
look for their first win under head coach Matt Rhule. In his first career
start freshman P.J. Walker threw for 200 yards and two touchdowns on 12-of-22
passing but was also intercepted once. Kenneth Harper rushed for a team-high
72 yards on 19 carries, Harper also tied for a team-high with three receptions
for 40 yards. Zaire Williams (three receptions, 51 yards) also had three
catches for the Owls. Jalen Fitzpatrick caught a 35-yard touchdown pass and
Clinton Granger brought one in from 30 yards out on their only receptions.
Temple let up 475 yards of total offense to the Bearcats and also had 10 fewer
first downs (27-17). Temple also allowed Cincinnati to score touchdowns on
three of its red zone trips, after allowing only eight touchdowns in their
previous 26 chances. Tyler Matakevich, who leads the nation in solo tackles,
had a game-high 15 stops. Temple will try to get that first win next Saturday
in a non-conference bout with Army.
UCF: The Black Knights got an extra week to prepare for their huge battle with
No. 8 Louisville this Friday, as they had last weekend off.
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