Pierce leads nation in scoring

Bernard Pierce is on top of the college football world – literally.

The Temple tailback is ranked first in the nation in scoring with an average of 18 points per game.

Pierce moved up six spots in the national rankings after rushing for a school record five touchdowns in Saturday’s 38-7 victory over Maryland at Byrd Stadium. His effort also tied a Mid-American Conference record.

The 6-foot, 218-pounder, who has 12 rushing touchdowns this season, is also ranked 10th nationally in rushing yards. He averages 124 yards per game.

In addition to his five scores, Pierce had 149 yards and 32 carries against Maryland.