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.
The Ducks have been very good under Mark Helfrich, but the bar is set very high in Eugene and 2016 could be a pivotal season.
Louisville signed several pass-rushers, adding depth to its front seven, and improved at quarterback by nabbing dual-threat QB prospect Jawon Pass.
Matt Campbell added some solid talent in his inaugural recruiting class at Iowa State, including several juco prospects who could help right away.
With starting quarterback Thomas Sirk out indefinitely with a torn Achilles, Duke will turn to Parker Boehme to lead the offense.
Kentucky will have to replace five starters on defense in 2016, and its deep recruiting class should help address the need.
A group of transfer quarterbacks and the top wide receiver recruit in the country are among those who could emerge to make a big impact in the Pac-12.
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