Scores

Final

Temple 17

(9-3, 7-1 American)

Ohio 35

(9-3, 7-1 MAC)

Coverage: ESPNU

11:00 AM ET, November 27, 2009

Peden Stadium, Athens, OH

1 2 3 4 T
TEM 0 10 7 017
OHIO 7 6 13 935

Top Performers

Passing: T. Scott (OHIO) - 324 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: M. Brown (TEM) - 25 CAR, 172 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: S. Goulet (OHIO) - 5 REC, 65 YDS, 1 TD

Scott helps Ohio to MAC title game vs. Central Michigan  

Associated Press

ATHENS, Ohio -- By the time Theo Scott limped to the sideline with an ankle injury, he had already done more than enough to get Ohio University to the Mid-American Conference championship.

Scott threw for three touchdowns and ran for two more as Ohio defeated Temple 35-17 on Friday to clinch the MAC East title for the first time since 2006.

The Bobcats (9-3, 7-1 MAC) won their fourth straight game and Temple (9-3, 7-1) had its school-record nine-game winning streak snapped.

"I think the early part of the season was telling for us," Ohio coach Frank Solich said. "I think our team felt all along that we had the capability to be a good football team. Guys started to truly believe."

Ohio will play Central Michigan in Detroit on Dec. 4. Scott's status is uncertain.

"I think Theo did a great job," Solich said. "His decision making has improved in the past two ballgames and that was huge today. He made special plays today."

Scott was 17 of 21 for 324 yards and had scoring passes of 9, 65 and 4 yards. He also scored on runs of 17 and 43 yards.

Scott's 43-yard run put Ohio ahead 32-17 with 10:02 left in third quarter. Taylor Price caught three passes for 94 yards for the Bobcats.

But Scott watched the end of the game from the sideline, leaning on crutches, after injuring his ankle late in the fourth quarter.

Temple played without star freshman running back Bernard Pierce (shoulder) and struggled to get a passing game going. Quarterbacks Chester Stewart and Vince Charlton combined to go 11 of 34 with three interceptions.

Matt Brown rushed for 172 yards on 25 carries, including a 9-yard touchdown run in the second

"They made explosive plays and we did not," Owls coach Al Golden said. "We didn't convert enough on third downs and in the red zone and they did. That was the difference in the ball game; it's as simple as that."

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Team Stat Comparison

 
TEM
OHIO
1st Downs2322
Total Yards378494
Passing123324
Rushing255170
Penalties5-406-45
3rd Down Conversions5-172-9
4th Down Conversions1-30-0
Turnovers30
Possession29:4330:17

Passing Leaders

TempleC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Stewart7/22924.201
OhioC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Scott17/2132415.430

Rushing Leaders

TempleCARYDSAVGTDLG
Brown251726.9126
Griffin10696.9129
OhioCARYDSAVGTDLG
Scott66911.5243
Garrett13362.8016

Receiving Leaders

TempleRECYDSAVGTDLG
Jones5397.8014
Green33411.3020
OhioRECYDSAVGTDLG
Price39431.3050
Goulet56513.0132

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERTEMOHIO
TD07:58Steven Goulet 9 Yd Pass From Theo Scott (Matt Weller Kick) 07
SECOND QUARTERTEMOHIO
FG14:52Brandon McManus 24 Yd 37
TD13:26LaVon Brazill 65 Yd Pass From Theo Scott (Pat Failed) 313
TD03:03Kee-ayre Griffin 17 Yd Run (Brandon Mcmanus Kick) 1013
THIRD QUARTERTEMOHIO
TD12:15Theo Scott 17 Yd Run (Matt Weller Kick) 1020
TD07:00Terrence McCrae 4 Yd Pass From Theo Scott (Pat Blocked) 1026
TD03:16Matt Brown 9 Yd Run (Brandon Mcmanus Kick) 1726
FOURTH QUARTERTEMOHIO
TD10:02Theo Scott 43 Yd Run (Pat Blocked) 1732
FG07:55Matt Weller 38 Yd 1735