Cincinnati at Temple

Cincinnati 34, Temple 10

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Cincinnati scored on four of its last five first-half possessions and rode that momentum to a 34-10 Big East victory over Temple on Saturday.

Senior quarterback Brendon Kay, making his first career start for the Bearcats (7-2, 3-1), was an efficient 13-for-21 for 244 yards, including a pair of touchdown passes of 75 and 65 yards. But Kay did a little of everything, rushing for 71 yards on seven carries and also making a 5-yard reception, when he caught his own deflected pass.

Kay replaced starter Munchie Legaux, who had been ineffective for the Bearcats, throwing nine interceptions, including six in the Bearcats' last three games.

Temple (3-6, 2-4), in its first Big East season since 2004, lost for the fourth straight time.

Kay didn't turn the ball over in directing the Bearcats on scoring drives of 74, 75, 80, 94 and 71 yards.

The Bearcats were in firm control by halftime. A 29-yard Kay completion to Anthony McClung, along with a Temple personal foul penalty, in the first quarter helped set up the first of George Winn's two 1-yard touchdown runs. Kay's 40-yard run on a third-and-12 play in the second quarter set up Winn's second score.

Temple, which has been outscored 86-27 in the first half the last three weeks, was able to do little against Cincinnati. The Owls' leading rusher, Montel Harris, injured his left knee after losing 3 yards on a screen pass with 12:38 left in the second quarter and never returned.

Temple starting quarterback Chris Coyer was replaced by Clinton Granger in the second half. Granger promptly guided the Owls to their only touchdown, ending an eight-play, 75-yard scoring drive with a 4-yard touchdown pass to Cody Booth with 8:55 left in the third quarter.

It was Granger's first career touchdown pass. He finished 7-of-15 for 86 yards.

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Scoring Summary
CINCYGeorge Winn 1 yd run (Tony Miliano kick)
TEMPLEBrandon McManus 20 yd FG
CINCYKenbrell Thompkins 75 yd pass from Brendon Kay (Tony Miliano kick)
CINCYGeorge Winn 1 yd run (Tony Miliano kick)
CINCYTony Miliano 22 yd FG
TEMPLECody Booth 4 yd pass from Clinton Granger (Brandon McManus kick)
CINCYChris Moore 65 yd pass from Brendon Kay (Tony Miliano kick)
CINCYTony Miliano 23 yd FG
 
Team Stats
 CINCYTEMPLE
First Downs1815
Third Down Efficiency5-137-17
Fourth Down Efficiency1-10-1
Plays-Net Yards61-47267-267
Rushes-Yds40-22835-125
Passing Yds244142
Kick Return Yds0105
Punt Return Yds1528
Passes13-21-012-32-1
Punts5-2087-342
Fumbles-Lost0-00-0
Penalties-Yds2-154-45
Time of Poss.29:3530:25
 
Individual Stats
RUSHING
CINCY: George Winn 20-83, Brendon Kay 7-71, Ralph Abernathy 6-40, Jameel Poteat 5-29, Tion Green 2-5
TEMPLE: Matt Brown 9-35, Chris Coyer 6-34, Montel Harris 8-19, Jalen Fitzpatrick 5-15, Jamie Gilmore 1-10, Kevin Newsome 2-5, Kenneth Harper 1-5, Clinton Granger 2-4, Team 1--2
PASSING
CINCY: Brendon Kay 13-21-244-0
TEMPLE: Clinton Granger 7-16-86-0, Chris Coyer 5-16-56-1
RECEIVING
CINCY: Travis Kelce 4-37, Kenbrell Thompkins 2-79, Ralph Abernathy 2--2, Chris Moore 1-65, Anthony McClung 1-29, Alex Chisum 1-29, Brendon Kay 1-5, Blake Annen 1-2
TEMPLE: Romond Deloatch 4-42, Cody Booth 4-23, Jalen Fitzpatrick 2-31, John Christopher 1-33, Samuel Benjamin 1-13
 
Standings
TeamStandingsConferenceOverall
Cincinnati1st American Athletic 0-00-0
Temple1st American Athletic 0-00-0