Bearcats Claw Owls

On Saturday night, the Temple Owls made the trek to Nippert Stadium to do battle with the 19th ranked Cincinnati Bearcats.

Temple was looking to defeat a ranked team for the third time in the 2019 season.

Both teams traversed the turf several times but were unable to put points on the board and the first quarter came to a conclusion with a scoreless tie.

At the 13:14 mark of the second, the Bearcats finally put points on the board when Sam Crosa hit a 36-yard field goal.

Cincinnati ate up nearly seven minutes on the 16 play, 53-yard drive.

Temple were recipients of a turn over when Harrison Hand deflected a ball that Benny Walls hauled in. The Owls were unable to take advantage and punted away. The Bearcats had the same fate.

This is where things got interesting. The Owls were unable to do much on the ensuing drive and were, once again, in punt formation.

The snap was low and the punter, Adam Barry has to scoop the ball. One major issue, his knee touched down and he caught the ball and Cincinnati was awarded the ball at the Temple 6 yard line.

With a chance to put an exclamation point on the first half, Cincinnati came under tremendous pressure from the Owls defense.

Sam Franklin chased down Bearcats QB, Desmond Ridder and sacked him at the twenty-yard line. Crosa nailed a 37-yard field goal and with :30 left in the half, Cincinnati doubled its lead, 6-0.

With five minutes played, Michael Warren capped off a 9 play, 65-yard drive with a nice 13-yard run and the extra point gave Temple a 13 point deficit for the fourth quarter.

At the 11:19 mark, things became surreal. After Temple put up an impressive 10 play 73-yard drive with the final 7 yards supplied by Re ‘Mohn Davis to bring The Owls back in the game.

A routine extra point would be blocked and picked up by Coby Bryant who scampered 98 yards for a Cincinnati safety.

Temple showed no quit and tried for a comeback capped off by QB Anthony Russo connecting with Kenny Yeboah on a 16-yard touchdown pass. This time, Will Mobley connected on the PAT to close the gap to 15-13 at the 6:39 mark.

Temple saw its defense tighten once again and forced Cincinnati to punt. The Owls had one final shot and started with the ball on their own 23 with just over three minutes to play.

The comeback would be thwarted when Russo was picked off Cincinnati ran the clock down to all zeros.

Notes from the Game:

Russo went 23 of 43 for 228 yards with a TD and a pick.

Jadan Blue turned in a 13 catch 120-yard performance

Offensively, Temple had the edge, 310- 210

Blue set the Temple All-Time Single Season receiving record with his 80th catch.

Blue shatters the record set back in 2003 by Zamir Cobb who snagged 73.

by: Kevin M. Neibauer
Edge of Philly Sports
Writer

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