Tion Green had his breakout performance with 18 carries for 91 yards and 2 TDs as Cincinnati's offense put Temple in the grinder with a 38-20 win Friday night. Those were career bests in carries and yards for the sophomore back. Brendon Kay and the receivers utilized the screen game all night long, picking Temple apart. Kay went 31-37 for 270 yards and 2 scores. The completions and attempts are both career highs. Shaq Washington continued his emergence with 10 catches for 72 yards. Anthony McClung had 7 catches for 86 yards and 2 TDs. 6 other players caught passes. The offense finally got rolling. It was against an awful, awful defense, but it got rolling.
The defense was not as great. Sure, Zach Edwards had a big INT to set up a TD, but UC was gashed. Temple put up nearly 400 yards on the Bearcats. The Owls made plays when they had to for the most part. PJ Walker looked very good, minus a bad fumble when Temple was in the UC red zone. The Owls didn't score in the second half, so the defense did improve.
The officials were awful all night long. They misidentified players, they made bad calls, they were the worst crew we've seen all year by far. This is what we have to look forward to.
Also, Temple linebacker Tyler Matakevich is really damn good.
The important thing is that Cincinnati won. They have the highest home winning percentage in the history of the American. They got win number 4. This isn't the best of recaps, but it's midnight on Friday night, what do you really expect. More on Monday.
Box score and photo via ESPN.
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