Temple Defeats Army, 42-14

Raymond Maples

Raymond Maples

Nov. 19, 2011

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PHILADELPHIA - Bernard Pierce rushed for 157 yards and three touchdowns, and Matt Brown ran for 133 yards and two scores to lead Temple past Army, 42-14, Saturday afternoon in front of 25,516 spectators at Lincoln Financial Field.

Chris Coyer accounted for 113 yards of total offense and one touchdown to lead Temple (7-4) to its second consecutive victory.

Army (3-8) was led by sophomore running back Raymond Maples, who rushed for 93 yards on 12 carries. Junior slotback Malcolm Brown added 61 yards on six rushes, while sophomore fullback Larry Dixon chipped in 42 yards and a touchdown on 10 totes.

Temple took the opening kickoff and quickly marched 80 yards in six plays to take a 7-0 lead less than three minutes into the opening quarter. Brown capped the drive when he ran off right tackle for a 22-yard touchdown.

After forcing an Army punt on the Black Knights' first offensive possession, Temple drove 88 yards in 15 plays to extend its lead to 14-0 late in the first quarter. The drive, which took 7 minutes, 40 seconds off the clock, was culminated when Pierce ran around the right side and into the end zone for an 11-yard TD.

Army was held three-and-out on its next offensive possession, and a short punt gave Temple the ball at the Black Knights' 45-yard line. After a 22-yard pass set the Owls up at the Army 23-yard line, the Black Knights' defense stiffened and forced a Temple punt.

After failing to make a first down on its ensuing possession, Army punted the ball back to Temple. Brown returned the kick to the Black Knights' 37-yard line and six plays later the Owls made it 21-0 as Pierce ran for a one-yard score.

Temple halted Army on its next drive and took over at midfield following a 13-yard punt. The Owls found pay dirt two plays later when Coyer connected with Joe Jones on a 36-yard touchdown pass. Jones caught the ball near the 10-yard line, made a man miss and dashed into the end zone. The score pushed Temple's lead to 28-0 with 1:07 to play in the second quarter.

Army marched into Temple territory for the first time, moving the ball to the Owls' 41-yard line before the first half clock expired.

After trading punts to start the second half, Army drove 80 yards in 17 plays to get on the scoreboard. Senior quarterback Max Jenkins capped the drive with a one-yard touchdown run on a quarterback sneak to trim the Black Knights' deficit to 28-7 with 2:59 to play in the third quarter.

Army forced a Temple punt on its next offensive series and the Black Knights moved the ball into Owls' territory before turning the ball over on downs at the Temple 48-yard line. Brown then broke off a 52-yard touchdown run on Temple's next play, running virtually untouched up the middle to extend the Owls' cushion to 35-7 with 10:37 to play in the fourth quarter.

The Black Knights scored their second touchdown of the contest on its next offensive possession, driving the ball 80 yards in eight plays to make it 35-14 with 7:30 remaining in the fourth quarter. Maples set Army up inside the red zone as he ran the ball down to the 15-yard line on a 33-yard scamper. Dixon took it the rest of the way, running up the middle for a 15-yard TD on the very next play.

Moments later, Pierce ran for his third touchdown of the game as he eluded several defenders between the hash marks, got to the outside and sprinted down the right sideline for a 49-yard TD. The score, which capped a 65-yard drive, put Temple in front 42-14 with 5:11 to play.

Army drove the ball to the Temple 16-yard line on its next offensive possession, but Jenkins threw an interception and the Owls ran out the clock to wrap up the 28-point victory.

Sophomore defensive back Thomas Holloway led the Army defense for the second straight week, posting a team-high 11 tackles. Freshman linebacker Geoffrey Bacon chipped in 10 stops, while senior linebacker Steven Erzinger added seven hits.

Army will return to action on Saturday, Dec. 10, when the Black Knights travel to Washington, D.C., to face Navy in the 112th installment of the Army-Navy Game. Kickoff for the contest, which will be broadcast live to a national audience on CBS, is slated for 2:30 p.m.

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