Originally posted on Buzz On Broad  |  Last updated 11/19/11

The Temple Owls defeated the Army Black Knights 42-14 as running backs Bernard Pierce and Matt Brown rushed for a total of 290 yards and six touchdowns.

Pierce ran for three touchdowns in the win after missing the last two because of a head injury. The running back came into the game during the Owls’ second possession of the first quarter.

Brown, who got the start, rushed for 133 yards, his fifth straight rushing for over 100 yards. He now has rushed for 835 yards this season, breaking his old personal record of 830 yards set last year.

The Temple defense did its part, not seeming phased by the triple option offense Army ran. Army ended the game with two passes completed out of 12 attempts for 28 yards and 340 total rushing yards. However, many of those 340 yards came with the game well out of reach.

Army struck for the first time in the third quarter as senior quarterback Max Jenkins took Angel Santiago’s place and pushed into the end zone for a touchdown. This touchdown put Army on the board and made the score 28-7 Temple.

The Owls did not score during the third and moved the ball just 12 yards in two possessions. Brown brought Temple’s momentum back with a 52-yard touchdown run with 10:46 left in the game, bringing the score to 35-7.

Army’s Larry Dixon added another touchdown in the fourth, rushing 15 yards to decrease Temple’s lead to 35-14. The rushing yards and two touchdowns for Army came a little too late in the game. By the time the Black Knights scored their first touchdown, Temple was already up four touchdowns.

Pierce scored his third touchdown with 5:11 left in the game, finalizing the score at 42-14. This run put him at a total of 157 rushing yards this game and 1192 yards on the season.

Sophomore quarterback Chris Coyer passes the ball through the air only five times this game, tying a Temple record for fewest pass attempts in a game. Matt Brown started off the game by putting the Owls on the board quickly.

Following a 24-yard rush from Coyer and a 17-yard completion from Coyer to tight end to Evan Rodriguez, Brown rushed for a 22 yard touchdown, making the score 7-0 after just 2:54.

Army was down two timeouts and a quarterback halfway during the Black Knight’s first possession. Santiago, who got the bulk of the playing time in Army’s loss to Rutgers last week, came in after starting quarterback Trent Steelman left the game after just two plays.

Pierce’s first touchdown of the day came as he rushed 11 yards into the end zone to increase Temple’s lead to 14-0, his 20th touchdown of the season.

A poor punt by Army’s Christ Boldt early in the second quarter gave the Owls the ball with great field position, but Temple was unable to capitalize. A five-yard penalty for illegal substitution and a nine yard loss after sophomore quarterback Chris Coyer was sacked took Temple out of field goal position, forcing a Brandon McManus punt.

After stopping the Army offense yet again, Temple got the ball back at the Army 37-yard line. Three plays later, on second and 14 from the 30-yard-line, Brown rushed 27 yards up the middle. Pierce punched it in from the one-yard-line two plays later for Temple’s 30th rushing touchdown of the season, setting a new team record and putting the Owls up 21-0.

Temple came back to score with 1:07 to go in the half, increasing Temple’s lead to 28-0 on a 36-yard Coyer touchdown pass to senior wideout Joe Jones. The Owls moved 50 yards in just two plays for the score.

Both Brown and Pierce ran for over 100 yards in the game. The last time Army allowed two 100-yard carriers on the same team was against Eastern Michigan back in September 2010. The last time Army allowed 400 yards on the ground was against Rutgers back in November of 2010.

Army came into the game averaging 5.6 yards per carry, leading the nation with over 350 yards per game on the ground. Temple’s defense, led by linebackers Tahir Whitehead and Stephen Johnson, held the Black Knights to just 60 first-half rushing yards. Army’s season low on the year is 228 yards on the ground, against Rutgers.

Temple (7-4, 4-3 MAC) will play Mid-American Conference opponent Kent State (5-6, 4-3) on Friday, November 25 at Lincoln Financial Field at 12 p.m.

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