Temple Owls Out-Clawed by Houston Cougars at The Linc

On Saturday, September 30th at Lincoln Financial Field, the visiting Houston Cougars took a commanding 20-0 lead over American Athletic Conference foe, the Temple Owls, and then held on to win by a score of 20-13. The Cougars were ably led by QB Kyle Postma, who lead the visitors to their third win (3-1) of the season by throwing for 226 yards and a touchdown and adding a team-leading 81 yards rushing on 15 carries. The Houston defense contributed to the win with three interceptions, two by Garrett Davis and the other by Isiah Johnson.

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The Cougars opened the scoring on a 13-yard run by D’Eriq King, on a nifty reverse, in the first quarter. Caden Novikoff tacked on the extra point to give Houston a 7-0 lead that it never relinquished. Early in the second quarter, Novikoff kicked a 25-yard field goal to boost Houston’s lead to 10-0. Novikoff would kick another field goal, a 35-yarder, to close out the scoring in the first half with the Cougars up by a score of 13-0.

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Houston added to its lead when Postma passed to Linell Bonner for a 9-yard touchdown. Novikoff converted the extra point and the score stood at 20-0 at the 11:34 mark. At this point, it looked like Houston would run away with the game but the Owls finally got on the board with 8:56 remaining in the third quarter when Aaron Boumerhi booted a 41-yard field goal to make it a 20-3 game.

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Temple continued its comeback in the fourth quarter when Logan Marchi tossed a one-yard touchdown pass to David Hood. Later in the quarter, Boumerhi added a 29-yard field goal to put Temple within reach of the Cougars, 20-13. Marchi’s last-second hail mary attempt for a touchdown was picked off by Davis to end the game. Marchi was 20 of 41 for 182-yards passing and the one touchdown.

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With the victory, Houston improved its record to 3-1 overall, 1-0 in the American Athletic Conference. Temple’s record fell to 2-3, 0-2 in the conference. The Owls return to action next Saturday, October 7, when they go on the road, trying to break a two-game losing streak, to play East Carolina (12 p.m.). Houston will return home to play the 4-1 S.M.U. Mustangs in a 7 p.m. game.

[Photos by Rick Pettine]

[Article by Stephen Miller]

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