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.

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.