Sept. 24, 2011
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Bernard Pierce set a school record with five rushing touchdowns, and Temple built a 31-point halftime lead in a 38-7 win over Maryland on Saturday.
Temple (3-1) defeated Maryland (1-2) for the first time. The Terrapins fell to 6-1 against the Owls.
Temple led 21-0 with just over 11 minutes elapsed, boosted the margin to 31-0 at halftime and played conservatively to the finish. It was 38-0 before the Terrapins got their only score, on a touchdown pass by backup quarterback C.J. Brown with 4:31 remaining.
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.
Starting for the first time this season, Temple senior Chester 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.
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.
The Terrapins had a tough day on special teams, too. Maryland 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 holding the Terrapins to one yard on three plays on the opening drive, 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.
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.
Note: Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic will show a replay of the ACC Network telecast of the Maryland-Temple game at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
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