Brandon McManus and Bernard Pierce were awarded Honorable Mention players of the week by the College Football Performance Awards this week, raising their combined total of mentions this season to 12. The awards come just a day after Temple handled Army, 42-14, to improve its record to 7-4.
McManus won his sixth straight mention as the kickoff specialist, and seventh overall this season, averaging 69.7 yards per kickoff as the Temple special teams forced the Army offense to start deep in their own territory time and time again. The junior kicker also made all six of his PAT attempts in the win, extending his streak to 42 consecutive successes.
McManus has put together an impressive season, ranking fifth in the country in punting (46.16) and second on the team in scoring, with 75 points. He's moved into third place on the Owls all-time scoring list (241 points) and second in field goals (41).
Pierce leads the team in scoring, with 22 touchdowns for 132 points, and his three TDs this week were a big reason he was named Honorable Mention at running back for the fifth time this season. He carried the ball 21 times for 157 yards and those three scores against Army, including a beautiful 52-yard touchdown run to end the scoring.
Pierce ranks in the top fifteen nationally in both scoring (third, 13.20 ppg) and rushing (12th, 119.20) .Temple scored five rushing touchdowns on Saturday, increasing their season total to a team-record 32 touchdowns scored on the ground.
Temple (7-4, 4-3 MAC) plays Kent State (5-6, 4-3) in their final regular-season game of the year at noon on Friday, November 25 at Lincoln Financial Field. The senior class will be honored on-field before the game.
Josh Verlin is the college sports editor for BuzzOnBroad.com. Follow him on Twitter