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Cincinnati 23, Temple 3

(AP Photo/Laurence Kesterson)

By KEVIN COONEY
Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA - Jacob Dingel and Bryon Threats intercepted passes, Noah Potter and Dontay Corleone recovered fumbles and No. 22 Cincinnati beat Temple 23-3 to move closer to the American Athletic Conference championship game.

Cincinnati (9-2, 6-1) can guarantee a berth in its fourth straight conference title game and earn home-field advantage in the Dec. 3 contest with a win in its regular-season finale Friday against Tulane, with whom it is presently tied atop the standings.

The Bearcats could also gain entry into the title game depending on how Central Florida - which was upset by Navy on Saturday - fares against South Florida. This is the final year in the AAC for Cincinnati, with the Bearcats moving to the Big 12.

"The game is all about November," Cincinnati coach Luke Fickell said. "We've been talking about getting to November and playing well. It's always tough when you go on the road, but these guys came out tongiht and didn't worry about what happened earlier (with the UCF loss) or what the opportunities were for next week. They were up for the challenge."

A week after quarterback E.J. Warner - the son of Pro Football Hall of Famer Kurt Warner - set a school record for passing yards with 486 yards and had three TD passes for Temple (3-8, 1-6) in a 43-36 loss at Houston, Cincinnati got the four turnovers and held the rushing attack to 35 yards.

"We were able to put more linebackers on the field and putting in a package that Coach (Fickell) had put in through the week helped us out a lot," sophomore linebacker Jaheim Thomas said.

The Bearcats turned those four turnovers into 10 points. "We were able to tip balls and it was big for us tonight," Fickell said.

The turnovers were enough to give the offense enough of a lift to overcome a first-half foot injury to starting quarterback Ben Bryant, who was 9 for 18 for 130 yards. Fickell had no update on Bryant's status after the game.

"At first, they had said that they would tape him up and he would go back in," Fickell said. "Then, they said they would hold on and take a look at him at halftime. And at halftime, we felt this was a opportunity to get a good look at what was wrong with him."

Bryant was replaced by sophomore quarterback Evan Prater, who could not get Cincinnati into the end zone but didn't commit a turnover.

"Getting warmed up and getting a feel for the game, I started to feel real good out there," said Prader, who finished 12 for 17 with 127 yards.

Before he departed, Bryant connected on a 42-yard touchdown pass to Tre Tucker. Ryan Montgomery had a 14-yard touchdown run to begin the second quarter after a fumble by Temple running back Edward Saydee. Montgomery rushed 14 times for 61 yards.

Warner was 21 for 36 for 167 yards with two interceptions.

"We just struggled to find some sort of rhythm," Warner said. "When we would drive down, we would make a mistake. Three and out, whatever it was. We just struggled on offense, for sure."

TAKEAWAYS

Cincinnati: The Bearcats not only remained alive for the American championship game, they kept their hopes of another spot in a New Year's Six bowl game alive as the highest-ranked non-power 5 team. Cincinnati will likely move up in the polls thanks to the UCF loss.

Temple: After flying high offensively under the freshman quarterback in Warner, the Owls struggled with Cincinnati's varied looks. It also suffered from not generating a running game, which has been one of its biggest issues this season.

November 19, 2022


Scoring Summary
First Quarter CinTemple
Cin TD 1:19 Tre Tucker 42 yd pass from Ben Bryant (Ryan Coe kick) 7 0
Second Quarter CinTemple
Cin TD 14:54 Ryan Montgomery 14 yd run (Ryan Coe kick) 14 0
Cin FG 9:55 Ryan Coe 28 yd FG 17 0
Temple FG 8:24 Camden Price 43 yd FG 17 3
Third Quarter CinTemple
Cin FG 7:22 Ryan Coe 37 yd FG 20 3
Fourth Quarter CinTemple
Cin FG 14:40 Ryan Coe 24 yd FG 23 3
Team Stats
  Cincinnati Temple
First downs 22 13
  Rushing 10 2
  Passing 12 9
  Penalty 0 2
3rd Down Efficiency 7-18, 39% 1-11, 9%
4th down efficiency 1-2, 50% 2-2, 100%
Rushes-Yards 43-131 19-35
Passing Yards 257 167
Return Yards 60 106
Completions-Attempts-Int 21-35-0 21-36-2
Sacks-Yards Lost 5--21 1--2
Punts 5 7
Punts-Average 41.2 35.3
Fumbles Lost 0-0 4-2
Penalties - Yards 7-55 4-35
Time of Possession 36:51 23:09
Cincinnati Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
B. Bryant 9 18 130 1 0
E. Prater 12 17 127 0 0
Temple Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
E. Warner 21 36 167 0 2
Cincinnati Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
R. Montgomery 14 58 4.1 1
C. Kiner 8 36 4.5 0
E. Prater 9 24 2.7 0
C. McClelland 8 11 1.4 0
N. Mardner 1 3 3.0 0
B. Bryant 2 1 0.5 0
Temple Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
D. Hubbard 7 30 4.3 0
E. Saydee 9 19 2.1 0
E. Warner 3 -14 -4.7 0
Cincinnati Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
T. Tucker 4 78 19.5 1
J. Whyle 7 70 10.0 0
T. Scott 4 62 15.5 0
N. Mardner 2 22 11.0 0
R. Montgomery 1 13 13.0 0
W. Pauling 2 8 4.0 0
J. Thompson 1 4 4.0 0
Temple Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Smith 5 40 8.0 0
J. Barbon 5 31 6.2 0
D. Mathis 2 27 13.5 0
Z. Baines 3 26 8.7 0
D. Martin-Robinson 2 24 12.0 0
E. Saydee 2 20 10.0 0
D. Hubbard 2 -1 -.5 0
Cincinnati Interceptions
Player Int Yards
B. Threats 1 0
J. Dingle 1 0
Temple Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Cincinnati Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
M. Fletcher 5 206 41.2
Temple Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
M. Morgan 7 247 35.3
Cincinnati Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
R. Montgomery 2 11 5.5
T. Tucker 1 9 9.0
Temple Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Barbon 1 0 0
Cincinnati Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
T. Tucker 2 40 20.0
Temple Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
C. Cuascut-Palmer 3 55 18.3
S. Martin 2 51 25.5
Cincinnati Missed FG
Player Length
Temple Missed FG
Player Length




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