Broken Record

Bernard Pierce ran into the record books on Saturday and the Temple football team ran past a banged-up Ball State team, 42-0. Pierce scored three touchdowns, giving him 15 on the season and 41 in his career, surpassing the 39 career touchdowns of Paul Palmer, who set the previous Temple rushing touchdown record from 1983-1986.

Bernard Pierce ran into the record books on Saturday and the Temple football team ran past a banged-up Ball State team, 42-0.

Pierce scored three touchdowns, giving him 15 on the season and 41 in his career, surpassing the 39 career touchdowns of Paul Palmer, who set the previous Temple rushing touchdown record from 1983-1986.

A junior, Pierce ran 30 times for 121 yards and was joined by Matt Brown, who carried 15 times for 114 yards and a score, the second time in their careers they each ran for 100 yards.

Senior quarterback Chester Stewart completed 10-of-13 passes for 160 yards and a touchdown.

Stewart opened the scoring with a 24-yard touchdown pass to Joe Jones and Pierce added TD runs of 2, 4 and 1 yard as the Owls went into halftime ahead, 28-0.

Overall, Temple posted 510 yards of offense, including 350 on the ground, while holding the Cardinals to 236 yards of offense and frustrating quarterback Keith Wenning (19-of-34, 155 yards, two interceptions).

"It's a great win for our team," said Temple coach Steve Addazio. "We played a good Ball State team that had some injuries on defense. We had to play strong with a plan to win, play great defense, special teams, run the ball and not turn the ball over. A lot of good things happened for us."

Backup quarterback Chris Coyer broke a long touchdown run for the second time this season. His 74-yard run off right tackle was almost identical to his 68-yard run against Villanova.

"He's probably averaging about 80 yards per carry now," quipped Addazio.

The Owls bounced back after a poor performance in last week's 36-13 loss to Toledo. Stephen Johnson led the defensive charge with a career-high 16 tackles as Temple put up its first shutout of the season and held an opponent under 10 points for the fourth time.

"We had to respond and I'm proud of our team," said Addazio.

Temple is 4-2 overall and 2-1 in the Mid-American Conference. Ball State dropped to 3-3, 1-1.

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