Buechele, No. 18 SMU pull away late, top undermanned Temple

SMU quarterback Shane Buechele (7) throws during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Temple, Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Laurence Kesterson)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Shane Buechele threw four touchdown passes, two to Tyler Page, and No. 18 SMU broke away from undermanned Temple 47-23. The game was pushed back from its original Thursday date while Temple dealt with virus-related issues. The Owls were missing 15 players who were in COVID-19 protocol. SMU led 20-16 before Buechele connected with Kylen Granson on a 24-yard TD pass on the first play of the fourth quarter. The Mustangs scored four touchdowns in the first 7 1/2 minutes of the period. SMU improved to 7-1. Temple is 1-4.