UCF’s winless streak, Temple’s unbeaten stretch each remain intact Saturday

UCF Knights defensive back T.J. Mutcherson (22) and Temple Owls wide receiver Robby Anderson (19) reach for a loose ball during the second quarter.

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jahad Thomas rushed for a career-high 199 yards and three touchdowns to lead unbeaten Temple to a 30-16 victory over winless Central Florida on Saturday night.

Thomas had 31 carries, including touchdown runs from the 12, 22 and 21, while Ventell Bryant snagged a 3-yard pass from P.J. Walker for another TD. The Owls (6-0, 3-0 American Athletic Conference) made two-point conversions after both of Thomas’ fourth quarter TDs.

Temple became bowl eligible with the win, which gave the Owls their first 6-0 season start since 1974.

Central Florida (0-7, 0-3) was held to just 137 yards of total offense but took a 16-14 lead in the third quarter with a 41-yard field goal by Matthew Wright, who also sent 48- and 27-yard kicks through the uprights. The Knights’ only touchdown came from Shaquill Griffin, who intercepted Walker’s pass in the second quarter and returned it 81 yards.