Scores

Final

Army 13

(3-4, 1-2 away)

Temple 27

(4-2, 3-1 home)

1:00 PM ET, October 17, 2009

Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA

1 2 3 4 T
ARMY 0 3 10 013
TEM 7 6 0 1427

Top Performers

Passing: V. Charlton (TEM) - 115 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: B. Pierce (TEM) - 11 CAR, 65 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: A. Villanueva (ARMY) - 4 REC, 62 YDS, 1 TD

Temple 27, Army 13

Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA -- Temple has its longest winning streak in 24 years. The Owls can thank their defense -- and a well-timed replay challenge.

Temple stopped Army on fourth down at the Black Knights' own 24, then had an interception overturned by replay, then scored the go-ahead touchdown three plays later to beat Army 27-13 Saturday.

"With third and eighteen inches, and two snaps, if you can't get eighteen inches, what makes you think we're going to win a football game?" Army coach Rich Ellerson said. "What type of magic is going to happen out there that you're somehow going to manufacture points?"

The Owls (4-2) overcame the loss of running back Bernard Pierce to win their fourth straight, their longest winning streak since in 1985. Army (3-4) missed out on taking a winnable game as the Black Knights seek to return to a bowl for the first time since 1996.

Vaughn Charlton found tight end Steve Maneri for a 6-yard touchdown pass with 7:25 left, shortly after the Owls stopped Army on 4th-and-inches on their own 24. Charlton's pass on the next play was picked off and a flag for pass interference was picked up because the ball appeared to have been tipped.

But a review showed that the ball hadn't been touched, so the penalty stood and Temple kept the ball.

The Owls added an insurance score after recovering a fumble by Army quarterback Trent Steelman deep in Black Knights' territory. One play later, Kee-arye Griffin ran up the middle for a one-yard touchdown.

"It could've been a train wreck late in the fourth quarter, but they held it together and Steve made a big play down on the goal line with that catch," Golden said.

Temple led 13-0 after a 37-yard touchdown pass from Charlton to Jason Harper early in the second quarter, but Army tied the game when Trent Steelman found Alejandro Villaneuva for a four-yard strike, though the Black Knights never led.

Army also was penalized 14 times for 100 yards.

The lack of precision and the lack of attention to detail were stunning," Ellerson said. "Don't let anybody tell you that it was the officials. It was not. That game was within the grasp of our coaches and players, and we don't have to be bigger, faster or stronger. We just have to be right."

Pierce entered the day as the Mid- American Conference's leading rusher. With 1:36 remaining in the first half, Pierce took a hit from linebacker Andrew Rodriguez near the Black Knights' sideline. He was taken for X-rays and didn't return.

He had run for 65 yards on 11 carries, including a 23-yarder on the Owls' first play from scrimmage, and ended his streak of three-straight 100-yard games.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
ARMY
TEM
1st Downs1516
Total Yards256195
Passing75115
Rushing18180
Penalties14-1006-52
3rd Down Conversions1-115-13
4th Down Conversions1-21-1
Turnovers11
Possession31:5928:01

Passing Leaders

ArmyC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Steelman5/55611.210
TempleC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Charlton8/141158.221

Rushing Leaders

ArmyCARYDSAVGTDLG
Steelman19673.5016
Mealy10353.5011
TempleCARYDSAVGTDLG
Pierce11655.9123
Griffin12413.4118

Receiving Leaders

ArmyRECYDSAVGTDLG
Villanueva46215.5130
Hunter2136.5010
TempleRECYDSAVGTDLG
Harper24221.0137
Jones24221.0024

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERARMYTEM
TD10:43Bernard Pierce 1 Yd Run (Brandon Mcmanus Kick) 07
SECOND QUARTERARMYTEM
TD13:17Jason Harper 37 Yd Pass From Vaughn Charlton (Pat Failed) 013
FG02:11Alex Carlton 24 Yd 313
THIRD QUARTERARMYTEM
FG07:50Alex Carlton 23 Yd 613
TD04:06Ali Villanueva 4 Yd Pass From Trent Steelman (Alex Carlton Kick) 1313
FOURTH QUARTERARMYTEM
TD07:25Steve Maneri 6 Yd Pass From Vaughn Charlton (Brandon Mcmanus Kick) 1320
TD05:26Kee-ayre Griffin 1 Yd Run (Brandon Mcmanus Kick) 1327