Sep 7, 2013
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Houston's Richie Leone booted five field goals and Ryan Jackson's 8-yard, fourth-quarter touchdown helped the Cougars to a 22-13 victory over Temple in the American Athletic Conference debut for both teams Saturday.
Houston (2-0 overall, 1-0 AAC) had its troubles in the red zone, going 1 for 8 without scoring a touchdown. But the Cougars defense staved off a Temple (0-2, 0-1) drive when Adrian McDonald intercepted a pass in the closing minutes.
Temple had its red-zone problems, too. Paul Layton missed a 25-yard field goal attempt wide left in the final minute of the third quarter that could have put the Owls ahead 16-15.
Jackson finished with a game-high 109 yards on 22 carries, and Cougars true freshman quarterback John O'Korn completed 22 of 31 passes for 228 yards.
Deontay Greenberry set career highs with 14 catches for 165 yards on the afternoon.
Zach McMillian picked off the first pass of the game from Temple for his first of the year and the seventh of his career. Fellow defensive back Trevon Stewart recorded another turnover after he picked up a fumble cause by Efrem Oliphant in the third quarter.
Houston turned the ball over twice on back-to-back drives in the second half. No harm came from either miscues as the Cougars defense pitched a shut out in the second half.
It was the time since 1989 that the Cougars have held opponents to 13 points or less in back-to-back games.