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Bearcats 35-24 loss to the Owls knocks down bowl hopes

Fresh off on a win at Tulane, Cincinnati came into Nippert Stadium on a cold Friday night looking to keep their bowl eligibility hopes alive against Temple. Cincinnati came into the game 3-6 overall (1-4) and Temple came into the game 4-5 overall (2-3).

The first half didn’t go as expected for the Bearcats as they only netted 142 total yards (43 passing), they started off the game with a quick interception by freshman cornerback Marquese Taylor, but they turned in a three and out right after the big play. The defense held strong even though they were on the field 18:02 (minutes) compared to Temple only be on the field for 11:58 (minutes) in the first half and went into the half down 13-0. Quarterback Hayden Moore didn’t make much happen with his arm in the first half, but had 66 yards on 6 carries in the first 30 minutes of the game.

The Bearcats came out of halftime scoring on a nice 4th and 6 play from 29 yards out Moore hit Thomas Geddis getting them within six, 13-7. Temple answered with a quick drive for themselves, quarterback Frank Nutile hit Keith Kirkwood from 34 yards out to push the lead up to 13, 20-7. Cincinnati answered with two nice runs by Mike Boone from 28 and 21 yards out (21 yard touchdown) to get the score to 20-14. With 7:40 left in the 3rd quarter, Isaiah Wright made a house call from 98 yards out on the ensuing kickoff to Temple up 26-14 and then they scored on a trick play 2-point conversion to push the led to 28-14. Cincinnati scored on a field goal to open the fourth quarter, but besides that they didn’t make much noise.

Temple won 35-24, dashing Cincinnati’s bowl hopes leaving them at 3-7 overall with two games left in the season.

He three linebackers had solid nights Jaylyin Minor had 16 tackles, Jarrell White had 10 tackles and Perry Young had 10 tackles as well.

Mike Boone had a two touchdown game on offense, but the story was penalties Cincinnati had 11 for a total of 107 yards, which was a major story in this game.

Cincinnati will travel to ECU next week to see if they can get back on the winning side.

Managing Editor of Bearcat Insider, I've been on the BCI team the last couple of years. I made the final four in the Biggest Big East Fan contest in 2011, I covered UC also on Cincy on the Prowl. I'm just a lefty trying to get buckets in this game called life Van Exel style.

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