Owls drop home opener to Houston

The Houston Cougars used five field goals Saturday against Temple to score a 22-13 victory at Lincoln Financial Field in the inaugural American Athletic Conference Game.

Houston’s Richie Leone connected on field goals of 40, 19, 19, 24 and 22 yards to improve the Cougars to 2-0 (1-0 American Athletic Conference). The Owls record fell to 0-2, 0-1.

After allowing Temple 13 points in the first half, the Cougars buckled down defensively and held the Owls scoreless in the second half.  

Temple used a pair of rushing touchdowns from running back Kenny Harper to take 13-9 lead at the half.

The second of Harper’s two scores capped an 11-play, 75-yard drive. On first-and-goal at the Houston 3 Harper scored with 0:50 remaining in the first half.

Harper also scored from the Houston 1 near the end of the first quarter. Temple’s Jim Cooper, who missed a pair of field goals and an extra point last week, failed to convert the extra point. Paul Layton kicked the extra point on Harper’s second score.

The Owls kicking game caused them all sorts of troubles on Saturday. After Cooper, a high school All-America kicker last year, missed the point after, Temple coach Matt Rhule turned to Paul Layton, who also struggled.

Trailing 15-13 late in the third quarter, the Owls drove down to Houston’s 8-yard line. Called on to hit a 25-yarder, Layton missed wide left.