Bernard Pierce Runs Temple Past Ball State, to 3-0 in the MAC

Manny GeraldoCorrespondent IOctober 11, 2009

Temple freshman running back and MAC Offensive Player of the Week Bernard Pierce continued his record-setting season Saturday in a 24-19 win over Ball State. Pierce became the first freshman in school history to rush for 100 yards in consecutive games last week, and added a third 100-yard rushing game against the Cardinals. 

Pierce rushed for 125 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Owls to their third straight win and remain undefeated in conference play. Both of Pierce's touchdowns came at pivotal moments in the contest. Temple led 10-0 at the half but allowed 13 unanswered points in the third quarter. Pierce's two short-yard runs late in the third and fourth quarters sealed the Owls' victory.

Quarterback Vaughn Charlton continued his efficient play, going 17-of-30 for 186 yards and one touchdown. With Pierce running the ball so well, Charlton is doing just what's needed. He didn't turn the ball over and threw just enough to keep the defense honest. 

Temple's defense again played strong. Cornerback Jaiquawn Jarrett played exceptional, tallying 9 tackles, two interceptions and a fumble recovery. The Owls' defense limited the Cardinals to 53 yards rushing and forced five turnovers. The secondary had some trouble against the pass, but came up big when needed. Ball State's final touchdown pass happened as the game clock ran out and victory was certain.

Army (3-3) comes into town this week for Temple's next game. The Black Knights escaped Vanderbilt in overtime this past Saturday. Army features a run heavy offense, which serves well for Temple's defense—usually stingy against the rush, only allowing one 100-yard rusher all season.