(Friday, November 27th)
Final Score: Ohio 35, Temple 17
Athens, OH (Sports Network) - Quarterback Theo Scott completed 17 of 21 passes for 324 yards and three scores, and ran for two touchdowns to lead the Ohio Bobcats past the Temple Owls 35-17 at Peden Stadium.
The win gives Ohio (9-3, 7-1 MAC) the Mid-American Conference Eastern Division crown and a spot in next Friday's conference championship game in Detroit against Central Michigan.
The loss ended Temple's (9-3, 7-1) nine game winning streak after beginning the season with two losses. The Bobcats extended their current winning streak to four games.
Scott also ran for 69 yards on six carries. Taylor Price had three catches for 94 yards and Steven Goulet had five catches for 65 yards and a touchdown. Terrance McCrae caught four passes for 56 yards and a score.
Temple's Matt Brown, filling in for the injury Bernard Pierce, had 25 carries for 172 yards and a touchdown. Kee-Ayre Griffin chipped in with 10 carries and 69 yards with a score. Starting quarterback Chester Stewart threw for just 92 yards on 7-of-22 passing with an interception.
The Bobcats took their first possession 89 yards for a touchdown, a nine yard strike from Scott to Goulet with 7:58 left in the opening quarter.
The Owls got on the board with 14:52 left in the second quarter on a 24-yard field gold by Brandon McManus. Temple moved the ball 66 yards on 10 plays.
Ohio came right back with a 65-yard scoring pass from Scott to LaVon Brazill with 13:26 remaining in the half. It took only three plays to cover 77 yards. Brazill left the game with an injury and did not return.
Griffin's 17 yard touchdown run cut the Ohio lead to 13-10 with 3:03 left in the second quarter. The touchdown capped off a 12-play, 74-yard scoring drive.
The first half concluded with the Bobcats leading 13-10.
The Bobcats took the second half kickoff and drove 73 yards on six plays to increase their lead to 20-10. Scott ran 17 yards on a quarterback draw for the touchdown with 12:15 remaining in the quarter.
With 7:00 remaining in the quarter, Scott connected with McCrae on a four yard scoring pass. The Bobcats took a 26-10 lead after the six-play, 88-yard drive.
Temple's Brown found the end zone on a nine-yard run with 3:16 left in the third. The touchdown concluded a nine-play, 66-yard drive.
The third quarter ended with Ohio leading 26-17.
The Bobcats' Scott scampered 43 yards for a touchdown with 10:02 remaining in the game to make the score 32-17. The Ohio point-after was blocked for the second straight time. It was the third failed extra point of the game for the team.
The Bobcats regained possession with an interception that led to a 38-yard field goal by Matt Weller with 7:55 left in the contest to give Ohio a 35-17 lead. Bobcat quarterback Scott left the game with an injury after being sacked.
Ohio defender Gerald Moore intercepted a Vaughn Charlton pass to end Temple's possession with 5:31 remaining.
11/27 15:53:06 ET