PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Alton McCaskill rushed for 129 yards and two touchdowns as No. 17 Houston methodically dispatched Temple 37-8 to clinch a berth in the American Athletic Conference championship game.
The Cougars have won nine straight games since an opening loss to Texas Tech to secure their first appearance in a conference championship game since winning the American in 2015.
They will likely face No. 2 Cincinnati, which has to win one of its remaining two games to make the Dec. 4 championship contest. The Bearcats host SMU next Saturday and are at East Carolina in two weeks.
Houston returns to action and closes both its regular-season home and AAC schedules against Memphis at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19 at TDECU Stadium.