We are stepping in the way back machine for this edition of Throwback Thursday. The September 20, 2003 game between Cincinnati and Temple is the only multiple overtime game Cincinnati has played since 2002. I don't remember watching it, so this should be a fun game for all of us to catch up on.
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Cincinnati won the toss, choosing to defer. Temple got a big return on the opening kickoff to their 42 thanks to Jamil Porter. Temple QB Mike McGann took to the air to start. He hit passes for 5 and 12 yards to get into UC territory. Ka'Son Love made a tackle. That's an old name. McGann hit a short pass on first down before Temple went to Sean Szara for a 3 yard gain. Facing 3-5, McGann once again took to the air. His pass was caught, but by Jamar Enzor, who was on Cincinnati and that team's leading tackler. Here he is sacking Craig Krenzel.
The Cats started at the 32. Gino Guidugli wasted no time going to the air himself. He hit Derick Ross for 13 yards, Cedric Dawley for 6 and a short pass to Richard Hall turned into a 24 yard gain. Now at the Temple 25, Gino completed a 8 yard pass. Hall took to the ground for his first carry, gaining 6 and a first down. After being stuffed on first down, Hall burst through the right side for a 12 yard touchdown. The kick was good. Cincinnati 7 Temple 0
The Owls started at the 23, but more first down passing took them to the 38 on a 15 yard gain. McGann connected with Phil Goodman for 18 yards on second down to move into Cincinnati territory. A false start moved Temple back 5 yards. They picked up 14 on second down, but another penalty, this time illegal motion, pushed them back 5. A short pass to Goodman was stopped for a loss. Temple's punter named Ringwelski put UC back at the 13. Guidugli hit a 13 yard pass to Ross on first down, but after a 1 yard run by Hall, Gino was off the mark for 2nd and 3rd downs. Chet Ervin punted a short 32 yarder to the Temple 41.
Temple would take advantage of the field position. Facing 3-9, McGann hit Goodman for 17. McGann completed a pass for 9 yards on second down. Trent Cole blew up a 3rd down run for a 4 yard loss. Temple would go for it on 4-5 at the UC 36. McGann completed a pass to Zamir Cobb for 11. From there, the Owls went to the ground. McGann ran for 10, Umar Ferguson ran for 6. On 2-4 from the 9, Ferguson busted through the left side for a touchdown. The point after was true. Cincinnati 7 Temple 7
Cincinnati had a 3 and out with another shorter punt by Ervin, 39 yards, to the Temple 30. The Owls faced 3-9, but McGann and Goodman hooked up for a long 55 yard pass play to the UC 14. McGann was pushed out of bounds on a first down run and then incomplete on 2nd and 3rd. Jared Davis came on for a 31 yard field goal, but it was blocked by Andre Frazier. Tyjuan Hagler, blast from the past, ran it 8 yards to the 28.
The first quarter came to an end on a short pass for a loss to George Murray. Gino ran for 16 on second down and hit Ross for 7 on the next play. A false start made it 2-8, but Gino connected with Ross for 32 yards to the Temple 32. After an incompletion and a Derick Eddington run for a loss, Gino connected with Murray for 13. Murray caught another pass on 1st down, but only for a yard. Eddington ran for 4 and caught a pass for 3. Facing 4-2, UC went for it. Eddington was stuffed.
The Owls took over at the 13 and once again moved quickly. Walter Washington took over at QB. He hit a 5 yard pass on first down. After a short run and a Temple false start to make it 3-7, Washington ran a draw for 9 yards. A pair of 1 yard runs and another false start made it 3-13. The Owls converted with a big time play. Washington connected with Terrence Stubbs for a 71 yard pass and run to the 7. Tyjuan Hagler came up with a big 2nd down sack for an 11 yard loss. McGann came back in the game, running for 12 to set up a 22 yard field goal. This one wasn't block and it was good. Temple 10 Cincinnati 7
Thaddeus Lewis returned the kick to the 30. Cincinnati wouldn't get out of the 30s despite moving the ball forward on all 3 plays, a 5 yard run, a 2 yard run and a 2 yard catch, all by Richard Hall. Ervin hit a 39 yard punt that was returned 11 yards to the 33. Temple got a big run by McGann of 24 yards to get into UC territory. The Cat defense stopped a run for no gain and forced back to back incompletions. A personal foul by Temple knocked them back into their side of the field. An awful 31 yard punt was returned 18 yards by Lewis to the UC 46.
Cincinnati had the ball with 1:55 left in the half. Guidugli and George Murray hooked up again on 1st down, this time with a 20 yard pass. Guidugli hit Hall for 11 more the next play and Dawley for 6 after that. After an incompletion, Gino hit Hall for 8 to move the sticks. After a spike and a pair of Temple timeouts, Chris Manfredini hit a 26 yard field goal to tie the score and end the half. Cincinnati 10 Temple 10
Lewis started half 2 with a 32 yard return to the 42. Booker Vann ran for 6, Guidugli hit Kevin Hazel for 13, but things went sideways after that. Hall lost a yard. On the next play, Dennis Hart fumbled after a 9 yard gain. Temple started at their 31. McGann hit passes of 8, 3 and 15 to get to the UC 43. Umar Ferguson busted a 26 yard run to the 17. McGann hit Ikey Chuku on a crossing route for a score. 5 plays and it was easy. The kick was good. Temple 17 Cincinnati 10
UC started at the 26, they didn't stay there long because Guidugli and Dawley connected for 18 yards. Facing 3-10, Gino hit Derick Ross for 12. After a 2 yard run by Hall, Guidugli and Ross connected for 8 more. Hall ran 2 yards to the Temple 32, which is where things stalled out. Gino was incomplete, then sacked for a 3 yard loss. Ervin pinned Temple to the 7.
Phil Goodman and Mike McGann had the Cincinnati secondary shook. McGann hit him for 23 yards. Goodman had 8 catches for 129 yards on the day. Temple had three 100 yard receivers. Ferguson ran for 6 before McGann let his arm move the Owls. He hit Zamir Cobb for 10. Temple held, UC went offside to set up a 1-15. That didn't matter to McGann. He and Cobb went deep for 44 yards. At the UC 15, McGann hit Cobb again for the score. Cobb had 9 catches for 120 yards. The kick was good. Temple 24 Cincinnati 10
Temple was offsides on the kickoff so they had to rekick. That was good for the Cats because the first return went to the 26, the second went to the 49 and was aided by a 5 yard facemask. UC started at the Temple 46. Guidugli hit Murray, 8 catches for 67 yards, for 13. Eddington caught an 8 yard pass, but lost 5 on a rush attempt. Gino hit Murray to convert with a 12 yard pass. Eddington lost 4 more on his next rush, but Temple was flagged for pass interference on the next play to bail him out. With goal to go, Eddington ran for 4 and Guidugli 3 as the 3rd quarter ended. Gino snuck for 1 to set up 4th and goal at the 1. Gino was stuffed. Goal line stand by the Owls.
McGann and Cobb hooked up for an 11 yard pass and catch to get the Owls out of the shadows of the goalposts. Ferguson ran for 8 on first down, but was stuffed on 3-2. Ringwelski hit a 37 yard punt that was returned 2 yards to the UC 44. With 11:44 left, UC needed something big. They got it. After failing to hook up on 1st down, Gino connected with Derick Eddington, who broke it to the house for a 56 yard touchdown. The kick was good and Cincinnati had life. Temple 24 Cincinnati 17
The Owls started at the 20. McGann went incomplete, hit Goodman for 7 and incomplete on 3rd down. The next short Ringwelski punt of 31 yards was fumbled by Thaddeus Lewis after a 24 yard return. Luckily UC recovered at the Temple 34. After a 2 yard Hall run, Gino hit Murray for 13. Gino ran for 8 to get the ball to the 11. From there, Hall went left, found daylight and tied the score with 8:46 to go. His second score of the game. Cincinnati 24 Temple 24
McGann went deep on first down and Zach Norton was ready for it, picking off the pass and taking it to the UC 46. 8:25 was left in regulation. Gino started things with a 9 yard run into Owl territory. After an incompletion, Temple went offsides to allow UC to move the sticks. Guidugli scrambled left for 17 yards out of bounds to the 22. Eddington followed left for 6, Gino went left again for 3. Temple was ready for it on 3rd down, stopping an Eddington run left for a 3 yard loss. Cincinnati had a chance for a 33 yard field goal to take the lead, but they had a team rush for a loss of 10 yards, which probably means they f'ed up the snap or botched the hold. Either way, they didn't get a kick up and Temple took over at their 26.
The Owls used a Ferguson run for 7 and a Goodman reception of 6 to move to the 39. From there, UC held them to no gain and back to back incompletions to force another awful punt. This one was 29 yards, returned 1 to the UC 33.
The Cats had 2:35 on the clock. Gino ran for 13, hit Walter Dudley for 3 and ran for 2. On 3-5, he hit Hall for 4. Facing a 4-1 at the Temple 45 with 36 seconds left, Minter decided to punt. The punt went to the 4, where Temple probably just fell down and took the game into overtime.
Cincinnati won the toss, electing defense. McGann hit a 5 yard pass, but that was it on the Temple drive. Jared Davis came on for a 37 yard field goal. He missed wide left.
Cincinnati had a chance to win. Gino ran for 8 on first down, but a pass to Murray lost 4 yards. Gino was off on his 3rd down pass. Chet Ervin came on for a 38 yarder to win the game, but it was blocked by Lawrence Wade. Temple came up with a huge stop. Both special teams units failed the first overtime.
The Cats had the ball to start OT 2. Gino ran for 1, then missed 2 more passes. That brought Ervin out from 41. In his chance for redemption, he hit the left upright. Now Temple had a chance to win.
Tyjuan Hagler came up huge on first down by stopping McGann for a 5 yard loss. Ferguson ran for two on 2nd, then was stuffed on 3rd down. The Owls faked a field goal. Jared Davis hit Umar Ferguson for 19 yards, BUT the Owls had a man down field to negate it. This forced Davis to kick a 50 yarder for the win. He was short.
Overtime 3 started with the McGann and Cobb connection for 7 and 1. McGann hit Terrence Stubbs for 10 on 3-2 to set up 1st and goal at the 7. He went incomplete 3 times, bringing on Jared Davis again. With a 24 yard chip shot, Davis went wide left. That's right, Jared Davis went 0-3 in overtime. I feel sorry for him and this game took place nearly 10 years ago.
Cincinnati had a third crack at winning. Gino went incomplete yet again on first down. Richard Hall was tired of the incompletions and missed field goals. With some great blocking by the offensive line, Hall burst up the middle for a 25 yard TD run, his 3rd of the game, for the Cincinnati win. Cincinnati 30 Temple 24
Temple was pretty awful this year, as they were most of the 2000s, going 1-11. Cincinnati started the year 3-0 after this win. They hit hard times after, going 2-7 to close the season. This was the final season for Rick Minter in Cincinnati.
Both offenses shined in this game. Temple had 522 yards of offense, Cincinnati 457. Gino Guidugli had one of his best games as a Bearcat. He was the leading rusher with 71 yards and he was 29-43 for 321 yards and a TD. Hall had 13 carries for 66 yards and 3 scores to go with 5 catches for 49 yards for 115 net yards. Derick Ross had 6-75 to lead UC in receiving. George Murray had 8-67.
Mike McGann for Temple went 26-46 for 338 yards, 2 TDs and 2 INTs. Zamir Cobb had 9 catches for 120 yards and 1 TD, Phil Goodman had 8 catches for 129 yards and Terrence Stubbs 6 catches for 123 yards. That's pretty damn good.
Defensively for Cincinnati, Trent Cole had 14 tackles, 2.5 for loss. Jamar Enzor had 12 tackles and his INT. Zach Norton had 9 tackles to go with his INT.
Photos: Frazier, Enzor, Hall, Eddington. Play by play via Go Bearcats