Pierce drops to 17th nationally in rushing

Temple tailback Bernard Pierce dropped in the national rankings in both scoring and rushing yards.

The junior from Ardmore fell five places to seven in scoring (14 points per game), where he’s tied with Oklahoma State’s Joseph Randle, Oregon’s LaMichael James and South Carolina’s Marcus Lattimore.

Pierce also plunged 11 spots in rushing with an average of 115.67 yards per game.

A lot of that had to do with his being limited to 50 yards and a touchdown in Saturday’s 14-10 setback to Penn State. He came into that game averaging 148.5 rushing yards and three touchdowns.