Desmond Ridder was able to throw for 259 yards, three touchdowns, and No. Five Cincinnati beat Temple 52-3 in Friday’s home win.
After their win at Notre Dame, Jerome Ford ran for a record-breaking 149 yards. He also scored two touchdowns to keep the Bearcats (5-0 & 1-0 American) from a slump.
This streak, which is second only to Clemson’s 31-year home record, ranks second in length. Temple beat them at Nippert Stadium 35-24 last year.
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Temple (3-3-1, 1-1) has faced Cincinnati hard in the past with each of the three previous meetings being decided by 20 points. The Bearcats won the final meeting by 15-13 in 2019.
It was a quick start for the Bearcats against Temple. Temple lost 50-7 during the first quarter and five of five matches.
Ja’von Hicks recovered Jadan Blue’s muffed kick at the 13 and they took advantage of it. Alec Pierce snatched a touchdown pass of 9 yards for an 10-0 lead. Pierce had six catches for 93 yards.
Ford ran 8 yards for a touchdown to give the Bearcats a 17-3 advantage at halftime.
Ford ran 75 yards in the second quarter to find a hole, and the touchdown was made.
Temple missed another kick, and Tyler Scott’s catch-and run touchdown of 38 yards made it 31-3.
D’wan Mathis, who threw 614 yards and five touchdowns during Temple’s two previous games, was limited to passing 120 yards with an intercept. Five times he was intercepted.
The Owls’ only points came on a career-long 55-yard field goal by freshman Rory Bell. This was Don Bitterlich’s longest kick from 56 yards against Akron back in 1975.
Temple: At South Florida on Oct. 23.
Cincinnati: Central Florida hosts the Cincinnati Marathon on Saturday Oct. 16