Temple puts the clamps on Memphis late in 31-12 victory
PHILADELPHIA (AP) P.J. Walker threw for 261 yards and two scores and Temple pulled away from Memphis in the fourth quarter for a 31-12 win Saturday afternoon.
Kip Patton ran for a 13-yard to score to put Temple up 21-12 in the fourth.
Austin Jones' 35-yard field goal made it 24-12 before Walker connected with Saledeem Major for a 19-yard touchdown.
In the second half, Temple (9-2, 6-1 American Athletic Conference) held Memphis (8-3, 4-3) to a field goal and twice ended Memphis drives with punts and turnovers on downs. Memphis' final drive ended as time expired.
The Owls retained first place in the conference's east division.
Memphis scored first with a pair of Jake Elliott field goals. But in the second quarter, Walker found Romond Deloatch for a 13-yard touchdown to put Temple up for good.
Paxton Lynch was 25-for-34 passing for 156 yards for the Tigers.