Houston’s Kicking Game Proves Too Much for Temple in Historic AAC Opener
One team could not score touchdowns, while the other could not kick field goals.
The team that could not score touchdowns (until the very end of the game), Houston, beat the team that could not kick field goals, Temple, by a score of 22-13 on Saturday in the first ever game in the newly-created American Athletic Conference (AAC).
Houston will now remain on top of the league standings for almost a full month as the next league game is not until Oct.5.
Houston brought its unique version of the run-and-gun offense and it worked between the 20s, as the Cougars (2-0) rolled up 524 yards of total offense on 96 up-tempo plays. But, the Owls kept the Cougars out of the end zone with a series of goal-line stands that led to five field goals from Richie Leone.
Meanwhile, the Owls’ field goal problems continued for the second straight week as true freshman Jim Cooper, Jr. missed an extra point and was replaced by punter Paul Layton, who missed a field goal. Most of the yardage the Owls gave up came on slant patterns over the middle. Remember the name Deontay Greenberry because if Houston is to cause problems in the new league, he figures to be in the middle of them.
Temple’s defensive backs mostly watched as Greenberry caught 14 passes for 165 yards. He was part of a one-two punch that included Leone, who nailed all five of his field goal attempts. The Owls got a pair of touchdowns from Kenny Harper to take a 13-9 lead at the half but never scored after that, all while the Cougars proved that five times three is greater than two times six.
Temple has four more weeks to work on that math problem before resuming league play.
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