(Saturday, October 24th)
Final Score: Temple 40, Toledo 24
Toledo, OH (Sports Network) - Bernard Pierce rushed for 212 yards and three touchdowns, leading the Temple Owls to a 40-24 decision over the Toledo Rockets in a Mid-American Conference battle at the Glass Bowl.
Vaughn Charlton threw for only 122 yards in the win for Temple (5-2, 4-0 MAC), but still finished the game with two touchdowns.
Alex Pettee filled in for the injured Aaron Opelt and threw for 265 yards and one touchdown in the loss, but also tossed two interceptions and was sacked twice. DaJuane Collins led the ground game for Toledo (4-4, 2-2), rushing for 59 yards and one score.
The Owls wasted little time jumping out to a lead, as Charlton hit Michael Campbell with an 11-yard scoring strike. However, the extra point was blocked, leaving temple with a 6-0 edge.
Temple's lead was pushed to 13-0 midway through the quarter when Pierce scored on a one-yard run.
On the ensuing kickoff however, Toledo's Morgan Williams rumbled for 85 yards, cutting the Rockets deficit to 13-7.
The Owls responded early in the second stanza, when Pierce scampered into the end zone on a 39-yard run. A 30-yard field goal by Brandon McManus just three minutes later extended Temple's lead to 23-7.
The Rockets fought back however, beginning with a 48-yard field goal by Alex Steigerwald midway through the quarter.
Toledo's added a six-yard touchdown run by Collins late in the second stanza, cutting the team's deficit to 23-17 as the two teams went into the break.
The Owls continued to pound the football in the third quarter and used a two- yard touchdown run by Pierce to push their lead to 30-17.
A 29-yard field goal by McManus late in the third frame, and a 36-yard touchdown pass from Charlton to Jason Harper early in the final stanza pushed Temple's advantage to 40-17.
Pettee connected with Williams for a 27-yard scoring strike with just over three minutes remaining in regulation. However, it was far too late for Toledo to make a legitimate comeback, as the team fell by a 16-point margin.
This is the first five-game winning streak for Temple since 1979, when the Owls finished with an impressive 10-2 ledger.
Pierce, who was taken off the field on a stretcher just a week ago, did not seemed hampered by an injury, as he set the record for most rushing yards in a season by a Temple freshman with 766 yards.
10/24 23:19:48 ET