PHILADELPHIA -- Bernard Pierce ran for 169 yards and a career-high three touchdowns as Temple beat Connecticut 30-16 on Saturday.
Temple is now 3-0 for the first time since 1979, when the Owls finished 10-2. It was the first win for the Owls over a BCS opponent since a 34-24 win over Syracuse on November 13, 2004.
Both teams exchanged the lead six times as Connecticut (1-2) rode the play of running back Jordan Todman to a 16-14 lead midway through the final quarter. Todman had career highs of 26 carries and 192 yards rushing.
Temple defensive end Adrian Robinson stripped Todman of the ball and went 24 yards for the go-ahead touchdown with 8:28 left in the game to give the Owls a 20-16 lead.
Bernard Pierce 27 Yd Pass From Chester Stewart (Brandon Mcmanus Kick)
Dave Teggart 26 Yd
Jordan Todman 59 Yd Run (Dave Teggart Kick)
Bernard Pierce 1 Yd Run (Brandon Mcmanus Kick)
Dave Teggart 47 Yd
Adrian Robinson Jr. 24 Yd Fumble Return (Two-Point Conversion Failed)
Bernard Pierce 2 Yd Run (Brandon Mcmanus Kick)
Brandon McManus 32 Yd
How rare is it for Temple to have 3 wins:
- Temple improves to 3-0 for the first time since 1979. That was the last time Temple won a bowl game (beat Cal in the 1979 Garden State Bowl)
- It's just the 3rd 3-0 start for the school since 1971
- From 2004-2006, Temple won 3 games combined
- From 1990-2009, Temple had 13 seasons where it won 3 or fewer games for an entire season