Scores

Final

Temple 56

(8-2, 4-1 away)

Akron 17

(2-8, 2-3 home)

Coverage: ESPNU

8:30 PM ET, November 13, 2009

InfoCision Stadium, Akron, OH

1 2 3 4 T
TEM 14 21 7 1456
AKR 17 0 0 017

Top Performers

Passing: C. Stewart (TEM) - 145 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: B. Pierce (TEM) - 19 CAR, 97 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: M. Campbell (TEM) - 3 REC, 97 YDS, 1 TD

Stewart's 4 TDs lead Temple as blowout win keeps Owls in title game picture

Associated Press

AKRON, Ohio -- Chester Stewart threw two touchdown passes Friday night and ran for two scores to lead Temple to a 56-17 victory over Akron that kept the Owls on track for a spot in the Mid-American Conference championship game.

The Owls (8-2, 6-0), winners of eight straight, have their best record since going 10-2 in 1979, when they made their last bowl appearance. Temple defeated California 28-17 in the 1979 Garden State Bowl -- then endured losing records in 27 of the next 29 seasons.

Akron (2-8, 1-5) led 17-7 after Sean Fobbs recovered a bad snap from center in the Owls' end zone with 3:06 left in the first quarter.

Temple scored 49 unanswered points to extend its longest win streak since finishing 1973 on an eight-game run. The Owls opened 1974 with six straight victories.

Bernard Pierce ran for 97 yards on 19 carries. His 2-yard run with 31 seconds left in the first half was his 15th rushing touchdown this season, matching the Owls' record shared by Paul Palmer (1986) and Walter Washington (2004).

Stewart, a sophomore making his second start, completed six of 11 passes for 145 yards. He connected with Michael Campbell for a 63-yard TD pass on the game's fifth play -- the longest pass play allowed by the Zips this season.

Akron quarterback Patrick Nicely quickly drove the Zips 78 yards in seven plays, capped by a tying 9-yard TD pass to Andre Jones.

The Zips went ahead on a 45-yard field goal by Branko Rogovic and Fobbs scored 1:54 later. Center John Palumbo snapped the ball nowhere near Stewart, who was in shotgun formation at his own 26. Fobbs slapped at the ball at the 5 and finally fell on it in the end zone for the score.

Temple's James Nixon ran 22 yards to score with 10 seconds left in the wild first quarter to make it 17-14.

The Owls went back ahead on a 66-yard punt return by Delano Green midway through the second. Stewart added an 8-yard run and Pierce's run made it 35-17 at the half.

The Owls' point total was their most since a 56-28 win over Rutgers in 1999.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
TEM
AKR
1st Downs2416
Total Yards403247
Passing145135
Rushing258112
Penalties6-507-72
3rd Down Conversions7-125-14
4th Down Conversions0-00-0
Turnovers22
Possession33:2826:32

Passing Leaders

TempleC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Stewart6/1114513.221
AkronC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Nicely15/29993.411

Rushing Leaders

TempleCARYDSAVGTDLG
Pierce19975.1145
Brown17673.919
AkronCARYDSAVGTDLG
Tuzze8354.409
Jones11818.0018

Receiving Leaders

TempleRECYDSAVGTDLG
Campbell39732.3163
Jones24120.5124
AkronRECYDSAVGTDLG
Jones5418.2111
Meriwether3227.3010

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERTEMAKR
TD12:34Michael Campbell 63 Yd Pass From Chester Stewart (Brandon Mcmanus Kick) 70
TD09:30Andre Jones 9 Yd Pass From Patrick Nicely (Branko Rogovic Kick) 77
FG05:00Branko Rogovic 45 Yd 710
TD03:06Sean Fobbs Recovered Fumble In End Zone (Branko Rogovic Kick) 717
TD00:10James Nixon 22 Yd Run (Brandon Mcmanus Kick) 1417
SECOND QUARTERTEMAKR
TD06:15Delano Green 66 Yd Punt Return (Brandon Mcmanus Kick) 2117
TD01:06Chester Stewart 8 Yd Run (Brandon Mcmanus Kick) 2817
TD00:31Bernard Pierce 2 Yd Run (Brandon Mcmanus Kick) 3517
THIRD QUARTERTEMAKR
TD09:37Joe Jones 24 Yd Pass From Chester Stewart (Brandon Mcmanus Kick) 4217
FOURTH QUARTERTEMAKR
TD14:30Chester Stewart 1 Yd Run (Brandon Mcmanus Kick) 4917
TD11:31Matt Brown 5 Yd Run (Brandon Mcmanus Kick) 5617