All was well for the Bearcats when they went to Philadelphia, Gunner Kiel had the offense rolling after gaining their first win in the conference, the defense was still ball hawking and the fans scaled back on their Tommy Tuberville talk, but the Temple Owls wasn’t hearing what the Bearcats were talking about. The Owls just knocked off the Bulls a team that handled the Bearcats at home.
In the first half the Owls had a lead of 17-13 going into the half, but the Bearcats showed they could move the ball on one of the best defenses in the country. Kiel connected with Devin Gray twice for touchdowns and the reason the score was off was because Josh Pasley missed an extra point (We call that the Gantz effect).
It looked like they had hope in the first half, but in the second half they didn’t score a single point. This was the Phillip Walker, Jahad Thomas, Ryquell Armstead and the whole defense game. The offense only tallied 186 yards total, no that isn’t a typo the unit as a whole didn’t have 200 yards for the whole game kudos to the Owls defense they did what they were billed to do. If you look at the time of possession you will see why the game was so lopsided. They only had the ball 19:37 the whole game in Temple ran the ball 60 times to only 19 passes. Three and outs led to a ball control offense to have the ball a lot longer than the Bearcats wanted them to have.
Another scoreless second half has the Bearcats scratching their heads and licking their wounds. They were handed a 34-13 loss and now are 4-4 overall and 1-4 in the AAC. This wasn’t what they wanted from Philly, maybe a cheesesteak, but not another loss in the conference. They have to find a way to fix their second half woes if they are going to make themselves bowl eligible the conference has gotten a lot better, so you have to take advantage of your opportunities.
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