Minnesota 62, Temple 0
MINNEAPOLIS (AP)—Bryan Cupito threw four touchdown passes to Logan Payne and Minnesota handed Temple its second 62-0 loss in a row on Saturday.
Cupito hit Payne on scoring plays of 25, 2, 10 and 67 yards, all in the first half, and the Gophers (2-1) bounced back from a loss at California last week with an easy win over the inept Owls (0-3).
Payne finished with six catches for 136 yards.
After losing 42-17 in a rare nonconference game against a BCS school, the Gophers wolfed down another cupcake, taking a 45-0 lead at halftime to give Temple its 15th straight loss.
First-year coach Al Golden is the latest to be charged with turning the program around, and it’s clear he still has a lot of work to do. The Owls have been outscored 124-0 in the last two games, including a 62-0 loss to Louisville at home last week.
Temple didn’t wait long to give this one away. On the fourth play from scrimmage, Adam DiMichele stepped up in the pocket and threw a pass right into the arms of Gopher safety Dominique Barber.
The turnover gave the Gophers the ball on the Temple 40, and after converting a fourth-and-1 at the 30, Cupito connected with Payne on a 25-yard touchdown. Payne caught the pass at the 15, wheeled and used a nice stiff arm to fight his way into the end zone.
On the ensuing possession, DiMichele was sacked by Steve Davis and Eric Clark. Davis stripped the ball away, giving the Gophers a first-and-goal at the Temple 9.
After Andre Neblett stuffed Alex Daniels on third down at the 1, Cupito made a nice play-action fake and hit a wide open Payne for a 2-yard touchdown, and the route was on.
Just when it looked like the Owls might actually make the Gophers start a drive on the other side of the 50, punter Jake Brownell couldn’t handle a high snap and was tackled at the 10.
Cupito’s third TD pass to Payne came two plays later to give the Gophers a 21-0 lead. Cupito was 8-for-10 for 148 yards and four TDs in two quarters of work.
One of the youngest teams in the nation, the Owls showed their youth in every aspect of the game. They managed just 157 yards of offense, constantly dropped passes and fumbled pitches and committed careless penalties throughout.
The defense finally forced the Gophers to punt on their fifth possession, but Bruce Francis was flagged for roughing the punter to give Minnesota a first down. Daniels scored from six yards out six plays later and it was 35-0.