Saturday, February 13, 2016

Pierce, Owls D lose No.1 rankings

Temple tailback Bernard Pierce lost his position as the nation’s scoring leader. At the same time, the Owls no longer have the nation’s top-ranked scoring defense.

Pierce, Owls D lose No.1 rankings


Temple tailback Bernard Pierce lost his position as the nation’s scoring leader. At the same time, the Owls no longer have the nation’s top-ranked scoring defense.

Those things were expected after Toledo beat Temple, 36-13, on Saturday in a Mid-American Conference game at Lincoln Financial Field.

Pierce failed to score a touchdown for the first time this season.  And the Rockets (2-3, 1-0) did whatever they wanted to do against the Owls defense.

Temple (3-2, 1-1 MAC) dropped to 10th nationally in scoring defense (13.40 points a game).  Prior to Saturday, the Owls were holding opponents to 7.75 points.

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Pierce dropped to third in scoring (14.40 ppg). He came into the game averaging 18 points.

The 6-foot, 218-pounder also dropped seven spots to 17th in average rushing yards with 114.2.

Pierce rushed for 75 yards on 24 carries against the Rockets.  

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Keith Pompey has been an Inquirer reporter since September 2004. He took over the Sixers beat in the summer of 2013 after covering the Temple basketball and football for the previous three years. Pompey also previously covered the Penn and Drexel men’s basketball team and Villanova football team after initially focusing on high school sports.

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