Scores

Final

Villanova 7

(0-1, 0-1 away)

Temple 42

(1-0, 1-0 home)

7:00 PM ET, September 1, 2011

Lincoln Financial Field, PHILADELPHIA, PA

1 2 3 4 T
VILL 0 0 0 77
TEM 7 14 14 742

Top Performers

Passing: M. Gerardi (TEM) - 235 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: B. Pierce (TEM) - 20 CAR, 147 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: D. Miller (TEM) - 4 REC, 74 YDS, 1 TD

Temple 42, Villanova 7

Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA -- Bernard Pierce made Temple coach Steve Addazio a winner in his debut, rushing for 147 yards and three touchdowns in the Owls' 42-7 win over Villanova on Thursday night.

The Owls won the Mayor's Cup -- presented to the winner of this city series -- in front of 32,638 fans at Lincoln Financial Field.

Addazio inherited a Temple program in solid shape after former coach Al Golden left for Miami. Golden took the Owls from a winless season to a bowl game, and posted consecutive winning seasons.

Earlier this month, Addazio, who spent the last six seasons at Florida, boldly proclaimed Temple could become the Boise State of the east. For now, the Owls can stake a claim as the best in Philadelphia.

Pierce looked set to put a disappointing sophomore season behind him against the FCS Wildcats. His touchdown runs of 19 and 22 yards in the first half helped stretch the lead to 21-0 and the Owls never looked back.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
VILL
TEM
1st Downs1323
Total Yards275475
Passing153235
Rushing122240
Penalties5-356-35
3rd Down Conversions7-159-14
4th Down Conversions0-21-1
Turnovers40
Possession26:5033:10

Passing Leaders

VillanovaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Thomas11/251094.403
TempleC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Gerardi14/2023511.820

Rushing Leaders

VillanovaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Thomas17593.5131
Doss7314.4028
TempleCARYDSAVGTDLG
Pierce201477.4322
Coyer46817.0168

Receiving Leaders

VillanovaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Reynolds55110.2023
Thomas14444.0044
TempleRECYDSAVGTDLG
Miller47418.5135
Rodriguez66811.3021

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERVILLTEM
TD07:23Deon Miller 35 Yd Pass From Mike Gerardi (Brandon Mcmanus Kick) 07
SECOND QUARTERVILLTEM
TD07:06Bernard Pierce 19 Yd Run (Brandon Mcmanus Kick) 014
TD00:46Bernard Pierce 22 Yd Run (Brandon Mcmanus Kick) 021
THIRD QUARTERVILLTEM
TD12:05Rod Streater 47 Yd Pass From Mike Gerardi (Brandon Mcmanus Kick) 028
TD02:20Bernard Pierce 20 Yd Run (Brandon Mcmanus Kick) 035
FOURTH QUARTERVILLTEM
TD12:20Chris Coyer 68 Yd Run (Brandon Mcmanus Kick) 042
TD07:57Dustin Thomas 4 Yd Run (Nick Yako Kick) 742