Houston at Temple - Game Blog
Sep 7, 2013
Cougars win 22-13! Not the prettiest game, but they got the job done. Great effort and great first American win, improve to 2-0 on the year and 1-0 in conference play.
Adrian McDonald makes a leaping interception to give Houston the ball back with 1:30 left in the game. Mcdonald returned it to the Temple end zone.
Ryan Jackson punches it in from eight yards out and the Cougars have found pay dirt!
All up to the defense now as O'Korn gets sacked on third-and-6. Leone punts it down to the 8 yard line with 2:30 left on the clock.
Temple's quarterback gets injured and forces their backup into the game on third and long. Cougars take over with 5:45 left on the clock on their own 19.
John O'Korn tries to run it into the end zone and fumbles at the two. Houston's second turnover of the game.
Houston picks up a third and short on a slant to Spencer and follows up with a 29-yard pass on third and 15 to Greenberry. UH is 7-for-15 on third down today.
Greenberry has 10 catches for 144 yards, both career highs for the sophomore and tops among the UH WR.
Big stand by the defense as the Cougars march the Owls backwards and stacks them up with fourth and 37.
Xavier Maxwell fumbles the ball and Temple takes over on the Cougars 35. End of the third quarter.
Temple struggling with their kicking game as they pushed their 25-yard field goal attempt left. Houston holds the two-point lead and take over on their own 20-yard line.
Houston regains the lead off a 22-yard field goal with 5:33 left in the third quarter.
Houston goes for it on fourth and goal from the 1 and are unable to punch it in. Turnover on downs and great defensive stand by the Cougarss D as they don't yield a yard to Temple on offense.
Efrem Oliphant brings the pressure and forces a fumble on the Owls' nine yard line and Trevon Stewart recovers. Two straight games with fumble recoveries for Trevon Stewart as Efrem Oliphant forces his first career fumble.
Cougars settle for their fourth field goal to make it 12-13. Leone has four field goals so far, school record is six by Matt Hogan 2012.
End of the first half. Photo gallery from the half of action here
Temple scores on a three-yard rushing touchdown giving Houston 0:50 left in the first half.
Cougars red-zone struggles continue but so do the points as Leone kicks in a 19-yard field goal to give UH the lead.
Temple takes their third time out of the half as the Cougars have quickly marched down to their opponents' 19-yard line on six plays over 55 yards. O'Korn looking unfazed in his return to his homestate.
Third-and-2 and the Cougars defense stuffs the run forcing a Temple punt. Payne calls for a fair catch at the 26. O'Korn remains the QB.
O'Korn marches the Cougars down the field on 3-of-4 passing for 34 yards and connects with Daniel Spencer for a 21-yard gain. Unforatuntely Spencer's catch brought the Cougars to the 10-yard line and were unable to pick up a first down and had to settle for a field goal.
John O'Korn enters the game at quarterback.
Linebacker Steven Taylor was ejected for targetting on the drive.
Cougars have the lead off Richie Leone's 40-yard field goal.
Temple gains 21 yards on six plays before Eric Braswell picks up Houston's first sack of the year on third down. Cougars ball on their own 9.
First play of the game is an interception way down field for the Cougars. Zach McMillian's first pic of the year and seventh of his career.
A few notes on the game today:
We have arrived to Lincoln Financial Field.
A view from the press box.
Just a reminder to visit the Broadcast Information for today's game.
Wheels down, the Cougars are on the move to the airport.
Follow along with the Game Blog as we make our way to Philadelphia. For those unable to follow (which would be odd, because you're reading this now) - be sure to catch the game on TV, ESPN3 or one of the Houston Watch Parties.