Temple 38, Maryland 7
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
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
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
”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
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.