PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Bruce Gradkowski threw four touchdown passes
and ran for another score, and Toledo became the latest team to
rout Temple, 42-17 on Saturday.
Michael Billops scored on a 78-yard run, one of the few bright
spots for Temple. The Owls (0-3) have been outscored 170-33 in
losses to Arizona State, Wisconsin and Toledo.
A week after racking up 612 yards in a 56-23 victory over
Western Michigan, Toledo (3-0) outclassed Temple. The Rockets
jumped out to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter, and cruised the
rest of the way.
Gradkowski, who became the first I-A quarterback to complete at
least 70 percent of his passes in two consecutive seasons last
year, threw TD passes of 13 yards to Trinity Dawson and 22 yards to
Chris Hopkins in the first eight minutes.
He tossed a 16-yard TD pass to Jon Allen in the second quarter,
sat out the first two series of the third quarter after being
shaken up late in the first half and returned to lead Toledo to two
Gradkowski broke two school records in the first half, becoming
the career leader in yards passing (7,410) and completions (613).
He finished 20 of 29 for 182 yards.
Toledo's Keon Jackson intercepted a pass that bounced off the
hands of wideout Bruce Gordon and ran it back 66 yards for a TD to
give the Rockets a 21-0 lead.
After Gradkowski connected with Allen for a score, Billops put
Temple in the end zone for the third time this season. He broke
several tackles then ran untouched the final 65 yards.
The Owls drove to Toledo's 12 in the third quarter, but settled
for a 29-yard field goal by Ryan Lux that cut it to 28-10.
Gradkowski came back in after Clint Cochran failed to move the
offense and led Toledo 73 yards, finishing the drive with a 1-yard
TD run that made it 35-10. His TD pass to Nick Moore gave the
Rockets a 41-10 lead in the fourth.
Colin Clancy tossed a 20-yard scoring pass to Brian Allbrooks to
make it 42-17 and Temple recovered the ensuing onside kick. But the
Owls couldn't score again.
Temple had a chance to take a lead, driving to Toledo's 22 after
the opening kickoff, before quarterback Mike McGann fumbled.
A sparse crowd turned out at Lincoln Financial Field -- home of
the NFC champion Philadelphia Eagles -- to watch Temple play its
first game against a Mid-American Conference opponent since joining
the league for the 2007 season.
Temple, which went to the MAC after being kicked out of the Big
East, has one of the toughest schedules in the nation. The Owls' 11
opponents finished a combined 83-48 (.634) last year and eight
teams played in bowl games.
It won't get any easier for Temple, which has three games
remaining against teams ranked in The Associated Press Top 25. But
the Owls have their best chance of winning next week when they host
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