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AAC Championship Game Third Quarter Update: Houston 24, Temple 10

Greg Ward Jr. is a bad, bad man.

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The Houston Cougars' initial drive didn't go anywhere coming after halftime, so the Temple Owls took over after a mere 25 yard punt. PJ Walker found a bit more time in the pocket and hit Robby Anderson for a 41 yard reception, who burned his Cougar defender. Walker then took two huge shots to the end zone; one of which was broken up last second by Houston and the other was an overthrow that Adonnis Jennings almost tipped to himself. However, UH's Cameron Malveaux tipped Walker's 4th and 4 pass at the line to give UH a huge defensive stop.

Greg Ward Jr. then crested the 100 yard rushing mark for the 4th time this season (and in his career) on a 25 yard keeper. Houston then busted out the trickeration as Linell Bonner hit Tyler McCloskey on an 18 yard reverse pass into the Temple red zone, and Ward would finish off the drive with a 10 yard rushing touchdown. He appeared to receive a stinger on his shoulder after getting tackled on the play, and came back into the game later.

Temple drove into Houston's red zone towards the end of the 3rd and finally capitalized, as PJ Walker hit Robby Anderson for a 13 yard touchdown in the back of the end zone. The Owls then forced a three and out and a punt out of Houston's end zone, giving the Owls the upper hand in the field position battle.

Ward's now approaching player of the game territory as he's responsible for 136 yards rushing and two touchdowns as well as 10 of 16 for 81 yards. Against a defense like Temple's, those stats are no joke. Robby Anderson, for his part, is doing his best to keep Temple afloat with 6 receptions for 123 receiving yards along with the touchdown. However, he's really the only Temple player that's making anything happen on offense.

As of the end of the third quarter, Temple is driving on the Houston 39. Can the Owls break things open and make this game interesting late in the 4th? Stay tuned to Underdog Dynasty and follow @underdogdynasty on Twitter for updates.