Scores

Final

Temple 38

(3-1, 1-0 American)

Maryland 7

(1-2, 1-0 ACC)

Coverage: GamePlan

12:30 PM ET, September 24, 2011

Byrd Stadium, COLLEGE PARK, MD

1 2 3 4 T
TEM 21 10 0 738
MD 0 0 0 77

Top Performers

Passing: C. Stewart (TEM) - 140 YDS

Rushing: B. Pierce (TEM) - 32 CAR, 149 YDS, 5 TD

Receiving: E. Rodriguez (TEM) - 5 REC, 96 YDS

Temple rocks Maryland as Bernard Pierce's 5 TDs set school mark

Associated Press

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- As Maryland and Temple warmed up Saturday, the Terrapins told their opponents this game would be just like their others against the Owls -- another blowout.

It was. Just not the way Maryland expected.

Bernard Pierce set a school record with five rushing touchdowns, and Temple built a 31-point halftime lead in defeating the brash Terrapins 38-7, the first victory for the Owls in a previously lopsided series.

Maryland came in 6-0 against Temple, winning the last two games by a combined 54 points.

"Down where we were warming up at, there were rude things said," Pierce said.

The Terrapins were speechless by game's end.

"At the end of the day that's what you live for," Pierce said. "You got to love that and you got to come out and try to prove people wrong and that's what we did as a team today."

A week after coming agonizingly close to snapping a 28-game skid against Penn State, Temple (3-1) dominated Maryland (1-2) from the outset. It was 21-0 after the first quarter, 31-0 at halftime and 38-0 before the Terrapins got a meaningless touchdown on a pass by backup quarterback C.J. Brown with 4 1/2 minutes left.

Pierce ran 32 times for 149 yards, including 108 in the first half. He had touchdown runs of 1,9,4, 44 and 13 yards, giving him 12 TDs for the season.

The previous school record for rushing touchdowns in a game was four, performed four times previously.

"It's nice to know I'm back on top of my game, where I should be at," Pierce said. "Everything just seemed to play out the way we planned all week."

Not so for the Terrapins. Coach Randy Edsall warned the Terrapins of the Owls' aggressive nature, but it was evident that he didn't get the message across.

"What happened today is unacceptable and really, embarrassing," he said. "We didn't rise to the challenge today, pure and simple."

The Terrapins wore unsightly yellow, black and red uniforms, yet its performance was far uglier. Danny O'Brien was 17 for 33 for 153 yards and an interception, and he also absorbed his first three sacks of the season. The running game produced only 45 yards, and the defense allowed scores on all five of Temple's first-half possessions.

Maryland was terrible on special teams, too. The Terps had a punt blocked for the first time since 1999 and missed an opportunity to get a comeback going in the second quarter by roughing the kicker on a fourth-and-14 punt at the Temple 16.

Given a second chance, the Owls completed a 93-yard drive to increase its lead to 28-0.

After registering an emotional win over Miami in the opener, the Terrapins gave highly regarded West Virginia a scare last week before this dud against the Owls.

Nearly two-thirds of the crowd of 39,102 departed before the end of the third quarter -- much to the delight of the Owls after they were scorned earlier.

"They were booing us a lot before the game. It really motivated us," quarterback Chester Stewart said. "We felt like (the Terps) didn't respect us too much. We all kind of came out with a chip on our shoulders and we came out ready to play."

Starting for the first time this season, Stewart completed all six of his passes in the first half and finished 9 for 9 for 140 yards. He also ran for 43 yards.

That, combined with a defense that hounded O'Brien all afternoon, produced the Owls' first BCS win under first-year coach Steve Addazio.

"It's a great program win," Addazio said. "You have to respond in college football and I think that we showed that we can compete and we can play with anybody. We're awful proud of that."

Coming off a bitter 14-10 defeat against Penn State, Temple couldn't have drawn up a better start. After holding the Terrapins to one yard on three plays, the Owls' first offensive snap produced a 54-yard completion from Stewart to tight end Evan Rodriguez, setting up the first of Pierce's four first-half scores.

Following another three-and-out for Maryland, Stewart ran for 18 yards on a third-and-5 and connected with Rodriguez on passes of 18 and 18 yards before Pierce made it 14-0.

The Owls weren't done. Temple again forced a punt, and Rod Streater blocked the kick to set up a touchdown. Maryland had gone 139 straight games without having a punt blocked.

At that point, many in the crowd began to boo the Terps. The jeers continued as the teams changed sides after a first quarter in which Temple led 21-0 and held a 153-47 edge in yardage.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
TEM
MD
1st Downs2114
Total Yards425240
Passing140195
Rushing28545
Penalties3-254-40
3rd Down Conversions8-154-14
4th Down Conversions1-11-3
Turnovers11
Possession41:0118:59

Passing Leaders

TempleC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Stewart9/914015.600
MarylandC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
O'Brien17/331534.601

Rushing Leaders

TempleCARYDSAVGTDLG
Pierce321494.7544
Brown12756.3016
MarylandCARYDSAVGTDLG
Brown22914.5015
Meggett9202.2016

Receiving Leaders

TempleRECYDSAVGTDLG
Rodriguez59619.2054
Streater22512.5016
MarylandRECYDSAVGTDLG
Boykins8769.5027
Dorsey56112.2024

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERTEMMD
TD12:18Bernard Pierce 1 Yd Run (Brandon Mcmanus Kick) 70
TD07:45Bernard Pierce 9 Yd Run (Brandon Mcmanus Kick) 140
TD04:38Bernard Pierce 4 Yd Run (Brandon Mcmanus Kick) 210
SECOND QUARTERTEMMD
TD09:54Bernard Pierce 44 Yd Run (Brandon Mcmanus Kick) 280
FG00:00Brandon McManus 41 Yd 310
FOURTH QUARTERTEMMD
TD10:00Bernard Pierce 13 Yd Run (Brandon Mcmanus Kick) 380
TD04:31Devonte Campbell 18 Yd Pass From C.J. Brown (Nick Ferrara Kick) 387

Research Notes

It's been a long time since Temple had a big win like this. The last time Temple beat a BCS-AQ team by at least 31 points was in 2000 when they beat Rutgers 48-14. However, both schools were members of the Big East at the time. The Owls last win against a BCS-AQ team in non-conference play by at least 31 points was October 5, 1934, a 40-6 win against Texas A&M.
Entering today, Temple was 0-12 all-time vs ACC schools. The last seven losses have been since 2004, with each of them being by at least 3 touchdowns.
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