My look at some of the best and worst performances and happenings from Cincinnati’s 34-10 victory over Temple on Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field:
Best performance: Brendon Kay didn’t look like someone making his first career start. The fifth-year senior completed 13 of 21 passes for 244 yards, including touchdown passes of 75- and 65-yards. He had seven carries for 71 yards before being replaced by Munchie Legaux late in the game. Kay’s longest run was a 40-yard gain.
Worst performance: This has to go to Temple’s defensive backs. Sure Owls quarterback Chris Coyer had another poor performance. But Temple’s defensive backs struggled big-time. Four different Cincinnati receivers had pass plays of 29 yards or more. On most occasions, the Bearcats had a step or two on the Owls defensive backs. Unfortunately for Temple, this is common. The Owls have been torched for big-pass plays all season.
Best defensive performance: Cincinnati’s Drew Frey gets this award after compiling three tackles – one for a 3-yard loss – an interception and two pass breakups. The senior strong safety returned his interception 20 yards.
Best performance in a losing effort: Temple defensive end John Youboty deserves this award after recording seven tackles – six solos – and two sacks.
Worst statistic: Temple’s second-quarter rushing effort. The Owls were held to 15 yards on nine carries in the second quarter.
Worst of the worst: This goes to the person that gave the inaccurate attendance figure. The official attendance was 20,192. It looked like fewer than 11,000 fans at the Linc to me. I was told that Temple’s attendance figure probably accounted for tickets sold.