Louisville just needed one half to make quick work of struggling Temple, out-scoring the Owls 24-0 by intermission and cruising home to a 30-7 American Athletic Conference victory over overmatched Temple at Lincoln Financial Field.
The loss dropped the Owls to 0-5 overall and 0-2 in the conference. Dating back to last season, Temple has lost 10 of its last 11 games. Their five losses to start the season are the most since Temple began the 2007 seaosn 0-5.
The Owls next play this Friday at Cincinnati.
Louisville, ranked No. 7 in the nation, improved to 5-0 overall, 1-0 in the AAC.
Led by quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, the Cardinals put together scoring drives of 79, 85, 61 and 81 yards in the first half to put the game well out of the Owls’ reach.
Bridgewater completed 15 of 17 passes for 228 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the first half. The Cardinals outgained the Owls by 316-120.
The most notable development for the Owls was that coach Matt Rhule inserted freshman quarterback P.J. Walker into the lineup after a slow start by starter Connor Reilly.
The freshman showed flash on his first drive, at one point completing a 58-yard pass to Robby Anderson. However, the drive, which got the Owls inside the Louisville 10-yard line, ended with a blocked 23-yard field goal attempt by Nick Visco.
Walker did throw a 9-yard touchdown to Jalen Fitzpatrick in the final minute of the game.