Green, Kay and the Offense Shine in 38-20 Win over Temple

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.

Team Stat Comparison

  TEM CIN
1st Downs 17 27
3rd down efficiency
4-11 11-17
4th down efficiency
1-1 1-1
Total Yards 377 475
Passing 200 270
Comp-Att
12-25 31-37
Yards per pass
8.0 7.3
Rushing 177 205
Rushing Attempts
31 42
Yards per rush
5.7 4.9
Penalties 8-90 11-105
Turnovers 2 1
Fumbles lost
1 1
Interceptions thrown
1 0
Possession 23:00 37:00
Temple Passing
  C/ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Team 12/25 200 8.0 2 1
P.J. Walker 12/22 200 9.1 2 1
Connor Reilly 0/2 0 0.0 0 0
Cincinnati Passing
  C/ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Team 31/37 270 7.3 2 0
Brendon Kay 31/37 270 7.3 2 0

Temple Rushing
  CAR YDS AVG TD LG
Team 31 177 5.7 1 31
Kenneth Harper 10 72 7.2 0 29
P.J. Walker 9 48 5.3 0 31
Zaire Williams 7 42 6.0 1 24
Jamie Gilmore 3 19 6.3 0 9
Robbie Anderson 2 -4 -2.0 0 0

Cincinnati Rushing
  CAR YDS AVG TD LG
Team 42 205 4.9 3 37
Tion Green 18 91 5.1 2 24
Jordan Luallen 6 59 9.8 0 37
Chris Moore 1 20 20.0 0 20
Brendon Kay 6 18 3.0 1 11
Ralph Abernathy 10 18 1.8 0 9

Temple Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD LG
Team 12 200 16.7 2 35
Zaire Williams 3 51 17.0 0 29
Kenneth Harper 3 40 13.3 0 19
Jalen Fitzpatrick 1 35 35.0 1 35
Clinton Granger 1 30 30.0 1 30
Ryan Alderman 1 23 23.0 0 23
Robbie Anderson 1 13 13.0 0 13
Chris Coyer 1 5 5.0 0 5
Chris Parthemore 1 3 3.0 0 3

Cincinnati Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD LG
Team 31 270 8.7 2 25
Anthony McClung 7 86 12.3 2 25
Shaq Washington 11 72 6.5 0 14
Chris Moore 4 40 10.0 0 16
Max Morrison 3 37 12.3 0 15
Nate Cole 1 12 12.0 0 12
Ralph Abernathy 2 10 5.0 0 5
Jeremy Graves 2 8 4.0 0 4
Tion Green 1 5 5.0 0 5

 

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