Temple came south from Philadelphia and gave Maryland one of its worst losses in school history. The final score of 38-7 does not show the extent that Temple crushed Maryland. The loss will give Maryland coach Randy Edsall plenty of questions with very few answers.
Temple ended the game with 285 yards rushing; Maryland had just 40 yards on the ground. That statistic provides the best illustration of the game as Temple completely controlled both lines of scrimmage. Temple runningback Bernard Pierce ended the day with an incredible five touchdowns on 32 carries that racked up 139 yards. Backup runner Matt Brown added 75 yards on 12 carries. Temple quarterback Chester Stewart had more than 180 total yards and completed every pass he attempted. Stewart's efficiency running the Owl's offense was masterful, as his team controlled time of possession and the tempo of the game.
The Maryland loss to Temple brings up painful memories of recent losses to Middle Tennessee State and Northern Illinois. Temple currently does not play in a BCS conference, but with conference realignment the rage in college sports, perhaps today's overwhelming victory is evidence they should.
Temple thoroughly whipped the Terrapins in all facets. A garbage time touchdown on a drive engineered by Maryland backup quarterback C.J Brown allowed the Terps to avoid a home shutout. Despite the late td, the Temple defense rendered Maryland's offense impotent and much ballyhooed quarterback Danny O'Brien frustrated and often on his back.