Owls crush Maryland, 38-7

Bernard Pierce rushes for one of his five touchdowns against Maryland during Temple's 38-7 win in College Park, Md., on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2011. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Temple defeated Maryland, 38-7 in Saturday’s nonconference game at Byrd Stadium.

Owls  tailback Bernard Pierce had 32 carries for 149 yards and a school-record five touchdowns as Temple  (3-1) posted its first victory over an Atlantic Coast Conference opponent.

The Owls defeated Wake Forest, 36-0, in 1930. However, back then, the Demon Deacons were an independent.  They became a charter member of the ACC when it formed in 1953.

Pierce scored on touchdown runs of 1, 9, 4, and 44 yards on the Owls' first-four possessions of the first half. His fifth score was a 13-yarder with 10 minutes remaining. His five rushing scores also tie a Mid-American Conference record.

Temple improved to 1-6 all-time against Maryland (1-2). The Owls defense also sacked Maryland quarterback Danny O’Brien three times. The Terps didn’t give up a sack in their first two games of the season.

O"Brien came in averaging 318.5 passing yards per game.  He completed just 17 of 33 passes for 153 yards to go with an interception against the Owls.

Temple quarterback Chester Stewart completed all nine of his passes for 140 yards in his first start of the season. The fifth-year senior also had nine carries for 43 yards. Owls tight end Evan Rodriguez had five receptions for 96 yards.

 Maryland's Devonte Campbell caught an 8-yard touchdown pass against Temple reserves with 4:31 remaining to avoid the shutout.