The score is so one-sided that many people must think it's a misprint. The Temple Owls absolutely dominated the Maryland Terrapins in the first half, kicking a 41-yard field goal as time expires to take a 31-0 lead at halftime.
Statistics prove Temple's dominance. Temple has rushed for almost 170 yards in the first half with runningback Bernard Pierce putting four touchdowns on his stat line. The Terps running stats are abysmal. Maryland runningbacks Devin Meggett and D.J. Adams ran nine times for 18 yards. Quarterback Danny O'Brien has been blasted from every angle imaginable, taking sacks, hits and pressures.
Both the offensive and defensive lines for Temple controlled the first half. At one point, Temple ran the ball on 22 of 25 plays, churning yardage with both Pierce and junior runningback Matt Brown. Brown, a Baltimore native, showed some elusiveness on a run to the outside splitting two Maryland defenders for a nine-yard gain.
With so much success on the ground, Temple quarterback Chester Martin has been able to pick apart the Maryland secondary. Martin remains perfect on the day, throwing six completions on six attempts for 115 yards. O'Brien has not had the same luck. Through 30 minutes, O'Brien hit 11 out of 20 passes for 105 yards.
Coaches can always find mistakes when watching game film, but mistakes will be hard to find from Temple's first half.