NEW ORLEANS -- Temple scored two touchdowns in the third quarter and has boosted its lead over Tulane to 24-0 entering the fourth quarter in an American Athletic Conference game at Yulman Stadium.

Phillip Walker threw two touchdown passes in the third quarter. He hit Ventell Bryant on a 12-yard pass and Jahad Thomas on a 42-yard reception.

Safety Delvon Randall has led a defensive effort that has shut down a Tulane option offense with triple option components.

Temple's Aaron Boumerhi missed his first collegiate field goal, from 36 yards, on the Owls first drive. Temple had possession for nearly six minutes.

Earlier in the week Temple coach said that defensive end Haason Reddick likely wouldn't play due to a knee/ankle injury.

Reddick not only started but forced a fumble by quarterback Glen Cuiellette that teammate Artrel foster recovered on the Tulane 34.

Walker then hit Bryant for 31 yards and three straight carries by Jahad Thomas resulted in the first score, a two-yard run with 6 minutes and 12 seconds left in the first quarter.

It was Thomas' 10th rushing touchdown . Sophomore running back Ryquell Armstead dressed for the game, but the Owls were have kept him out because he is not 100 percent.

Early in the second quarter, Temple gambled on a fourth-and-goal from the one, but Green Wave defensive tackle Tanzel Smart stopped Thomas for a three yard loss.

The 6-foot-1, 304-pound Smart was somebody Temple coach Matt Rhule talked about during the week with great respect and he showed why with a dominant first half performance.

The Owls increased their lead with Boumerhi's 32-yard field goal with four seconds left in the first half.

That came during a drive when 5-yard touchdown reception by Bryant was nullified by a holding call on tackle Dion Dawkins.

Through three quarters Bryant had six receptions for 168 yards and the one score.  Temple has a 20-4 advantage in first downs through three quarters.