PHILADELPHIA–After recording 3.5 sacks in last week’s 17-7 win at South Florida, defensive end Quincy Roche had another clutch performance.
The junior linebacker set up Temple’s opening field goal with a sack and fumble recovery on the Greenwave’s 19-yard line. He ended the game with 12 tackles and six tackles for losses, including three sacks.
Roche also had a key tackle for a loss of Darius Bradwell, forcing a fourth down that ended in an incomplete pass with 2:45 left on the clock and Temple hanging on to 29-21 lead.
On the next series, Temple’s final defensive stand, he had another two sacks.
The 6-4, 235-pound Roche improved his NFL stock with his play the past two weeks.
But it was Will Mobley’s leg with three field goals and Anthony Russo arm throwing two touchdown passes against Tulane that preserved the 29-21 victory in an American Athletic Conference battle between two bowl-eligible teams Saturday afternoon at Lincoln Financial Stadium.
Mobley connected from 35 yards in the first quarter to put the Owls on the board and, after Kenny Yeboah caught a 4-yard touchdown pass from Todd Centeio, added another from 27-yards out in the second to give Temple (7-3, 4-2) a 13-7 halftime lead.
Yeboah entered the game with 12 receptions for 101 yards and two touchdowns. Against Tulane, he had five catches for 63 yards and two scores. One of his receptions, a 44-yard catch, set up a Temple field goal. On that catch, Russo hit him with a dart in stride on a go-route.
Mobley kicked a 20-yard field goal midway through the third quarter and Yeboah caught an 8-yard pass from Russo to make it 22-7 after three.
Russo was 22 of 38 for 221 yards and two touchdowns with an interception. Blue had 12 catches for 131 yards and a score.
Darius Bradwell scored from 4 yards out to pull Tulane (6-4, 3-3) within eight, 22-14, but Jadan Blue caught a 16-yard pass from Russo to put the game out of reach, 29-14, with just under 10 minutes to play on the clock.