MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - P.J. Walker threw for 328 yards and four touchdowns, including three to Robby Anderson, as Temple closed out its season with a 41-21 victory over Memphis on Saturday.
Walker completed 20-32 passes on the day. Anderson had 96 yards receiving, including scoring catches of 1, 11 and 21 yards. Chris Coyer had three receptions for 129 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown catch.
The win gave the Owls (2-10, 1-7) their first victory in the American Athletic Conference, while snapping a four-game losing streak overall. Temple's offense dominated the nationally-ranked Memphis defense, amassing 534 yards in total offense on the day. Memphis (3-8, 1-6) managed only 228 yards
Besides Walker's four touchdown passes, the Owls scored when Michael Felton recovered a blocked punt in the end zone. Nick Visco kicked field goals from 22 and 19 yards.
Sam Craft scored all three Memphis touchdowns - on runs of 1 and 3 yards and a 10-yard pass from Paxton Lynch.
Temple mangled the Memphis defense, which entered the game ranked 16th nationally. By halftime, Temple not only led 17-7, but had racked up 310 yards. It marked the fifth time in the last six games that Temple led at halftime.
Meanwhile, the Owls defense, ranked last in the conference, held the Tigers to a scant 74 yards, as Memphis had the ball only 8:32 of the half.
Memphis' offense was stagnant from the start. Lynch was having trouble getting the ball past the line of scrimmage. His first three passes were batted away, including two by Kamal Johnson.
That led to only 8 yards for the Tigers through the first period. Meanwhile, Temple was collecting 134 yards, but could manage only a 22-yard field goal from Visco, a kick that was low and crawled over the crossbar.
Temple would capitalize on a fumble by Memphis running back Doroland Dorceus at the Owls 13. Temple went 87 yards on the ensuing drive, the final yard covered on a pass from Walker to Anderson.
Anderson would score again on an 11-yard pass from Walker in the closing seconds of the half.
Memphis scored on a 1-yard run by Craft after Joe Craig's 56-yard return on the ensuing kickoff. At the start of that drive, Memphis' offense was balanced - 25 yards passing; 25 yards rushing.
Walker continued to connect after halftime, throwing the 75-yard touchdown pass to Coyer. The Owls' lead reached 31-14 in the third quarter when Sharif Finch blocked a Memphis punt and Felton recovered the ball in the end zone for Temple.
Visco's 19-yard field goal, and Anderson's 21-yard pass Walker closed out the scoring for Temple