The College Football Performance Awards honored junior PK/P Brandon McManus (Hatfield, Pa.) as the national punter of the week. Junior running back Bernard Pierce (Ardmore, Pa.) earned Honorable Mention national running back of the week honors.
Temple beat rival Buffalo 34-0 and McManus hit two field goals (28,23) and connected on all four extra points. His punting was impressive with three punts for 178 (a career best 59.3 average), two inside the 20 also a career best.
McManus is perfect on PATs this season going 28-28 and h is in his first season with punting duties. McManus has 20 punts on the season for 966 yards (48.3 average). Seven of those punts were inside the 20, while 11 have been longer than 50 yards.
McManus has been honored three weeks in a row by the college football awards, the last two have been for MAC special teams player of the week.
Pierce broke four Temple records in the 34-0 victory. Pierce is now the all-time career touchdowns (rushing and receiving).Pierce also broke two records that h already had, the single season rushing touchdowns (18) and single season points (102). Pierce had 16 touchdowns and 96 points in 2009.
Pierce has been off to a great start halfway through his junior season as he ranks number one nationlly in rushing touchdowns (17) number two in scoring (14.57 ppg) and number eight in rushing yards (120.57).
Temple (5-2, 3-1 MAC) travels to Bowling Green (3-4, 1-2 MAC) on Oct. 22 for a 3:30 p.m. contest at Doyt Perry Stadium. The Buckeye Cable Sports Network will televise the game throughout Ohio. Flagship WPHT (1210 AM) will carry the game on the radio in Philadelphia.
Ryan Rosengrant is a college sports reporter for Buzz On Broad and can be followed on twitter @ryan_rosengrant