Ten penalties, a scoreless first half and plenty of self-inflicted wounds were too much to overcome as Temple’s second-half comeback fell short in a 20-13 loss to Houston Saturday afternoon at Lincoln Financial Field.
The Owls, who fell to 2-3 overall and 0-2 in the American Athletic Conference, finally got things going on the ground in tallying 142 rushing yards, including 63 from Ryquell Armstead and 53 from David Hood. But a forgettable first half saw the Owls gain minus-8 yards on the ground en route to falling behind by 13-0 at halftime.
Logan Marchi started again at quarterback and completed 20 of his 41 attempts for 182 yards and a 1-yard toss to Hood that got Temple within 20-10 just seven seconds into the fourth quarter, but two interceptions (he threw a third on the last play of the game) and a sack that took the Owls out of field-goal range in the first quarter were costly mistakes.
Temple’s defense surrendered 81 rushing yards to Houston quarterback Kyle Postma, who completed 25 of his 36 passes for 226 yards and a touchdown.
The Owls will play at East Carolina next Saturday at noon in a game that will be televised on ESPNU.
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Front page photo by Donald Otto