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Temple beats Memphis, hurting the USF Bulls’ title chances

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All that USF wanted was a little help.

It didn’t get any at all.

Temple pulled away from Memphis late in a 31-12 win, hurting USF’s chances of pulling out the American Athletic East Division title. After beating Temple a week ago, Willie Taggart’s USF team remained one game behind the Owls. Their only chance of a victory now is if they beat winless UCF Friday night and UConn upsets Temple on Saturday.

Temple led Memphis only 14-12 going into the final period, but the Owls scored 17 points to pull away. Quarterback P.J. Walker threw for two touchdowns.

Highly touted Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch was held to 156 yards and four field goals in the loss.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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