GAMEDAY College Football

Temple 45, Akron 24

Associated Press

AKRON, Ohio - Justin Lynch threw two touchdown passes - including a 70-yarder to Randle Jones - and ran for a score and the Temple defense notched a pair of TD returns to power the Owls to a 45-24 victory over Akron.

Temple (1-1) spotted the Zips a 14-0 lead before Lynch got the Owls on the scoreboard with his bomb to Jones - cutting the deficit in half with 2:26 left in the first quarter. Lynch's pass to Jones was on the first play after Akron's Kato Nelson connected with Tony Grimes Jr. from 17 yards out to put the Zips (0-2) up two scores.

Cory Smigel's 39-yard field goal stretched Akron's lead to 17-7 early in the second quarter before the Owls' defense delivered. Layton Jordan forced a Nelson fumble that was scooped up by William Kwenkue and returned 38 yards for a TD to pull Temple within three points. Manny Walker's pick-6 on a DJ Irons pass on the Zips' ensuing possession gave Temple the lead for good.

Lynch hit Jones for a 27-yard score and added a 1-yard TD run to extend the Owls' lead to 38-17 after three quarters. Lynch completed 19 of 23 passes for 245 yards. Jones finished with seven catches for 170 yards. Ra'Von Bonner added a short TD run.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter TempleAkron
Akron TD 10:19 Dj Irons 9 yard TD run (Cory Smigel Extra Point) 0 7
Akron TD 2:43 Tony Grimes, Jr. 17 yard TD pass from Kato Nelson (Cory Smigel Extra Point) 0 14
Temple TD 2:26 Randle Jones 70 yard TD pass from Justin Lynch (Rory Bell Extra Point) 7 14
Second Quarter TempleAkron
Akron FG 11:46 Cory Smigel 39 yard field goal 7 17
Temple TD 5:24 William Kwenkeu 38 yard fumble return for TD (Rory Bell Extra Point) 14 17
Temple TD 5:12 Manny Walker 7 yard interception return for TD (Rory Bell Extra Point) 21 17
Temple FG 0:37 Rory Bell 26 yard field goal 24 17
Third Quarter TempleAkron
Temple TD 9:34 Randle Jones 27 yard TD pass from Justin Lynch (Rory Bell Extra Point) 31 17
Temple TD 0:24 Justin Lynch 1 yard TD run (Rory Bell Extra Point) 38 17
Fourth Quarter TempleAkron
Temple TD 6:06 Ra'Von Bonner 1 yard TD run (Rory Bell Extra Point) 45 17
Akron TD 2:47 Konata Mumpfield 3 yard TD pass from Dj Irons (Cory Smigel Extra Point) 45 24
Team Stats
  Temple Akron
First downs 19 26
  Rushing 8 11
  Passing 10 12
  Penalty 1 3
3rd Down Efficiency 5-12, 42% 3-12, 25%
4th down efficiency 1-1, 100% 2-4, 50%
Rushes-Yards 34-177 44-175
Passing Yards 245 191
Return Yards 119 71
Completions-Attempts-Int 19-23-0 19-34-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 0-0 2-16
Punts 3 3
Fumbles Lost 0-0 1-1
Penalties - Yards 8-78 5-40
Temple Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
J. Lynch 19 23 245 2 0
Akron Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
D. Irons 12 22 109 1 0
K. Nelson 7 12 82 1 1
Temple Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
T. Ruley 6 62 10.3 0
R. Bonner 9 53 5.9 1
J. Lynch 6 34 5.7 1
E. Saydee 9 24 2.7 0
M. Valenti 2 6 3.0 0
K. Dobbins 2 -2 -1.0 0
Akron Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. Norrils 15 66 4.4 0
A. Williams Jr. 7 40 5.7 0
K. Nelson 10 32 3.2 0
D. Irons 10 27 2.7 1
O. Singleton, Jr. 1 5 5.0 0
M. Mathison 1 5 5.0 0
Temple Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
R. Jones 7 170 24.3 2
J. Barbon 2 24 12.0 0
J. Smith 1 17 17.0 0
J. Blue 5 12 2.4 0
D. Pittman 1 11 11.0 0
J. Della Pesca 1 6 6.0 0
E. Saydee 1 6 6.0 0
T. Ruley 1 -1 -1.0 0
Akron Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
M. Mathison 8 101 12.6 0
T. Grimes, Jr. 2 33 16.5 1
T. Brank 2 23 11.5 0
K. Mumpfield 3 20 6.7 1
A. Williams Jr. 2 12 6.0 0
J. Norrils 2 2 1.0 0
Temple Interceptions
Player Int Yards
M. Walker 1 7
Akron Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Temple Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
A. Barry 3 146 48.7
Akron Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
K. Romenick 2 101 50.5
E. Slike 1 54 54.0
Temple Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
A. Anderson Jr. 1 35 35.0
J. Blue 1 0 0
Akron Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
M. Mathison 1 14 14.0
Temple Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. Fox 3 77 25.7
A. Odom 1 0 0
Akron Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
M. Mathison 3 57 19.0
Temple Missed FG
Player Length
R. Bell 40
Akron Missed FG
Player Length




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