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Tulsa Pulls Away From Temple In The Second Half

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Temple Adonicas Sanders tries to pull in a long pass with a Tulsa defender draped all over him. Photo Credit/ Antwan M. Little

Philadelphia, Pa — Deneric Prince rushed for a career-high 231 yards, leading Tulsa to a 27-16 victory over Temple Friday night in front of an announced crowd of 13, 607 at Lincoln Financial Field.

The Owls jumped out to a 10-0 lead before the first five minutes ticked off the clock as Tulsa turnovers led to Temple early advantage. Davis Brin’s first two passes were picked off by Temple defenders. The first resulted in a 35 interception return by Layton Jordan for a 7-0 lead, while the second led to a Owls short field goal.

Tulsa improved to 3-4 on the season and 1-2 in American Athletic Conference play, while the Owls fell to 2-5 and 0-3 in league play.

Tulsa’s run game amassed a season-high of 299 yards and 454 total yards, while the Golden Hurricanes’ defense held the Owls to 280 yards.

After a scoreless first quarter, Tulsa’s offense started to move the ball in the second quarter, scoring 14 points to take a 14-10 lead into the break.

In second half both teams made some adjustments and were stagnant in the third quarter. Tulsa manage to put three points on the board in the fourth quarter when Zack Long booted a 24-yard field goal, capping a 10 play, 62-yard drive for the Golden Hurricanes.

The score gave the Hurricanes a 17-10 with 13:33 remaining in the game. A series later Prince’s 84-yard run to turn it into a 24-10 Tulsa lead.

Temple Zae Baines breaks a tackle and looks up field for room to run. Photo Credit/ Antwan M. Little

Quarterback Brin finished the game with 155 yards on 15-of-22 passes for Tulsa.

Although the rushing attack played a big part for Tulsa, the Golden Hurricanea passing game was on fire as  Keylon Stokes became the school’s career receiving leader on his third reception of the game and ended the contest with 37 yards on four catches. He broke Howard Twilley’s record that lasted for more than 55 years and now has 3,352 career yards, surpassing Twilley’s mark of 3,343.

Temple scored its first offensive touchdown at the 6:08 mark of the fourth to trim Tulsa’s lead 24-16 after failing on a two-point conversion. The Owls got the ball back with 2:58 remaining left in the game, Tulsa’s defense stifled the Owls’ offense on four straight plays to retake possession. Long kicked a 39-yarder to seal the game.

The defenses dominated after the first quarter as the Owls held Tulsa to 26 total yards, 1.9 yards per play, had two picks and three quarterback sacks. The Golden Hurricanes defense limited the Owls to 50 yards of total offense and 3.1 yards per play.

Tulsa’s offense got cranking in the second quarter by totaling 189 yards, 120 through the air and 69 on the ground, for an 8.2 average per play. The Hurricane took its first 2nd-quarter possession 94 yards in nine plays as Brin connected on screen pass to Prince for an 18-yard touchdown.

E.J. Warner completed 23 of 48 passes for 196 yards with an interception for Temple. The freshman hit Amad Anderson Jr. for a 23-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. Anderson had eight catches for 112 yards.

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Temple will travel will travel down 95 to play Navy at 3:30 P.M.