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Ohio Rushing Game Rumbles Past Temple

Nov. 2, 2007

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ATHENS, Ohio - Temple came into Athens on Friday night with a three-game winning streak but Kalvin McRae (Decatur, Ga.) and Ohio blasted through the Owls for 219 rushing yards and a 23-7 victory in front of 15,632 fans at Peden Stadium in a Mid-American Conference football contest.


McRae, coming off his 200-yard, three touchdown performance last weekend at Bowling Green, ran for 151 yards and a score against Temple. Freshman Vince Davidson (Dayton, N.J.) ran for 47 yards including a 22-yard run which ended with a diving finish at the pylon for a touchdown. Ohio rushed for more than 200 yards for the fourth straight game.


While McRae anchored the offense, the defense held Temple to just 48 yards rushing, a season low for a Bobcat opponent. The Owls managed only 209 total yards, picked up just 13 first downs and turned the ball over twice while Ohio racked up 404 offensive yards with 21 first downs and no turnovers, the sixth time this season Ohio has amassed more than 400 total yards.


Quarterback Theo Scott (Long Beach, Calif.) started his second consecutive game for the Bobcats, completing 7-of-12 passes for 94 yards before leaving the game with an injury. Brad Bower (Burr Ridge, Ill.) completed 7-of-9 passes for 91 yards in relief of Scott.


Temple quarterback Vaughn Charlton threw for 161 yards on 17-of-25 passing including one interception and one touchdown to receiver Bruce Francis in the second quarter.


Three touchdowns were scored in the game, but the scoring started slowly.


The Owls took the opening kick and sustained a nine-play drive, but were unable to convert it into a score as Jake Brownell's 46-yard field goal attempt was short.  The Bobcats then took over and, unlike their counterparts, were able to convert on a field goal.  Michael Braunstein (Gilbert, Ariz.) booted through a career-long-tying 47-yarder with 6:31 remaining in the first to give the `Cats an early 3-0 advantage.


After two Ohio drives came up empty in the second quarter as Braunstein misfired from 35 and 47 yards out, the Bobcats were able to put their first touchdown on the board with 4:20 remaining in the half.  After taking over on its own 40-yard line, McRae followed an incomplete pass with two-straight 30-yard runs.  The second went for a score and the Braunstein PAT put Ohio ahead 10-0.


The Ohio defense held the Owls to a missed field goal, two punts and a turnover on downs in their first four possessions, but the visitors cashed in on their next-to-last drive before the half. Charlton hooked up with Francis on a 42-yard hitch-and-go with 1:22 remaining in the second quarter to get Temple on the board at 10-7.


In the half, Ohio out-gained Temple 204-187, but the Owls had a three-minute edge in time of possession.  McRae had 93 yards on the ground for the Bobcats while Scott threw for 95.  Charlton had 114 yards through the air for Temple while Jason Harper led the ground attack with 38.


Both defenses were on top of their game out of the break before Ohio broke through on its third possession of the third quarter.  The Bobcats sustained a 10-play drive that culminated in a 43-yard field goal by Braunstein to extend the Ohio lead to 13-7.


On Ohio's next possession, it took just three plays to reach the end zone.  Making his debut on offense, Davidson took a Bower screen pass 30 yards, and then scored his first collegiate touchdown on the next play as he rushed 22 yards to paydirt.  The carry put Ohio ahead 20-7 with 43 seconds remaining in the third.


The Bobcats were able to tack on three more insurance points with three minutes left in the contest as Braunstein drilled his third field goal of the game - this one from 19 yards out - as Ohio went up 23-7.


Temple began to drive the length of the field, attempting to close the gap but a tipped ball was intercepted by Ohio's Thad Turner (Marietta, Ga.) at the 12 yard line and Ohio ran out the clock to even its conference record at 3-3 with two games left to play in the regular season.