Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Honors keep rolling in for Temple's Pierce

PHILADELPHIA  – Temple sophomore RB Bernard Pierce (Ardmore, Pa.) has earned two additional honors this week.

The Heisman Trophy candidate has been named the ECAC Offensive Player of the Week as well as a finalist for the AT&T ESPN All-America Player of the Week.

Fans can vote for Pierce for the AT&T weekly prize at: http://www.espnallamerica.com/.

Pierce was named the Mid-American Conference Offensive Player of the Week honor for the East division, the Honorable Mention National Player of the Week honors from the College Football Performance Awards, and the OwlSports.com Athlete of the Week on Monday.

In Saturday’s 30-16 win over Connecticut, Pierce rushed for 169 yards and scored three touchdowns. His first touchdown was a 27-yard reception, his career longest reception and first TD. The game also marked Pierce’s sixth multi-touchdown game in his 15-game career.

The win game Temple its third consecutive win to open the season for the first time since 1979. Temple has now won a school record eight consecutive home games.

After three games, Pierce leads the Owls in rushing with 301 yards and three touchdowns. He also has three receptions for 42 yards and a touchdown. His 169 yards vs. UConn moved Pierce up to No. 8 on Temple’s career rushing list. He now has 1,662 rushing yards. Pierce ranks No. 27 nationally this week in rushing (100.33 average).

Temple (3-0, 1-0 MAC) travels to nationally ranked Penn State (2-1) on Saturday, Sept. 25 for a 3:30 p.m. game at Beaver Stadium. The Big Ten Network will televise the game nationally
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