Scores

Final

Kent State 16

(5-7, 4-4 MAC)

Temple 34

(8-4, 5-3 American)

12:00 PM ET, November 25, 2011

Lincoln Financial Field, PHILADELPHIA, PA

1 2 3 4 T
KENT 0 6 3 716
TEM 0 10 14 1034

Temple 34, Kent St. 16

Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA -- Bernard Pierce ran wild in the second half Saturday and finished with 189 yards and three touchdowns in Temple's 34-16 victory over Kent State in Mid-American Conference play.

The Owls (8-4, 5-3) have won eight games or more for three straight seasons for the first time in school history. This marks the most victories by a first-year Temple coach, Steve Addazio.

With its third straight victory, Temple is bowl-eligible for the third straight season. Last year, Temple was the only program in the country with a winning record that was snubbed by the bowls.

The Owls led Kent State (5-7, 4-4) 10-6 at halftime despite losing quarterback Chris Coyer to an injury on the third play. In the second half, Pierce exploded for 167 yards and all three touchdowns, scoring on runs of 18, 25 and 69 yards. Pierce averaged 9.8 yards on each of his 17 second-half carries.

Kent State took a 6-0 lead early in the second quarter, capitalizing on the first of backup Temple quarterback Chester Stewart's two first-half fumbles. After recovering at the Temple 16, the Golden Flashes needed three plays to score on Jacquise Terry's 11-yard run. Temple's Kee-ayre Griffin blocked the extra point try.

On the ensuing kickoff, Matt Brown returned it 100 yards for the go-ahead touchdown and a lead Temple never relinquished. It was the second 100-yard kickoff return in school history. Five seconds before halftime, a 33-yard field goal by Brandon McManus made it 10-6 at the break. Then Pierce took over in the second half to end Kent State's four-game winning streak and keep Temple's hopes for a second bowl invitation in three years alive.

The Owls are one of six bowl-eligible teams from the MAC. The victory may have solidified a berth in the December 31st Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco's AT&T Park.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
KENT
TEM
1st Downs2016
Total Yards363315
Passing260113
Rushing103202
Penalties6-554-40
3rd Down Conversions4-135-13
4th Down Conversions0-31-3
Turnovers02
Possession29:1830:42

Passing Leaders

Kent StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Keith24/402606.510
TempleC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Stewart6/69415.700

Rushing Leaders

Kent StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Durham16603.809
Terry7365.1113
TempleCARYDSAVGTDLG
Pierce241897.9369
Brown11322.907

Receiving Leaders

Kent StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Gilbert913414.9131
Thompson6416.8010
TempleRECYDSAVGTDLG
Miller24422.0032
Streater33511.7020

Scoring Summary

SECOND QUARTERKENTTEM
TD14:50Jacquise Terry 11 Yd Run (Pat Blocked) 60
TD14:34Matt Brown 100 Yd Kickoff Return (Brandon Mcmanus Kick) 67
FG00:06Brandon McManus 33 Yd 610
THIRD QUARTERKENTTEM
TD10:57Bernard Pierce 18 Yd Run (Brandon Mcmanus Kick) 617
FG07:32Freddy Cortez 22 Yd 917
TD02:20Bernard Pierce 25 Yd Run (Brandon Mcmanus Kick) 924
FOURTH QUARTERKENTTEM
TD09:45Bernard Pierce 69 Yd Run (Brandon Mcmanus Kick) 931
FG05:58Brandon McManus 28 Yd 934
TD04:55Chris Gilbert 28 Yd Pass From Spencer Keith (Freddy Cortez Kick) 1634