Brown leads Temple past Army

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Temple RB Matt Brown

Temple RB Matt Brown

October 3 Philadelphia Inquirer:

WEST POINT, N.Y. – No Bernard Pierce? No problem.

Temple was without its leading rusher and touchdown-maker when it visited Army on Saturday afternoon at scenic Michie Stadium. The sophomore star had suffered a sprained ankle the previous week against Penn State and did not make the trip.

But Temple had another weapon: Matt Brown. The 5-foot-5, 170-pound running back gained a career-high 226 yards and scored a personal-best four touchdowns for the Owls, who rallied for a 42-35 victory.

Brown had 108 yards and two touchdowns by the end of the first quarter, when Temple took a 13-7 lead.

But with quarterback Trent Steelman running Army’s spread/triple offense with aplomb, the Black Knights were burning the Owls through the air and on the ground. By halftime, Army was up, 21-13.

In the third quarter, Temple faced a 15-point deficit before putting on an offensive display of its own, scoring four consecutive touchdowns – two by Brown. The nonleague victory in front of a homecoming crowd of 33,065 at West Point was the Owls’ most impressive performance of the season.

Coach Al Golden went a step further in describing the triumph.

“Make no mistake: That’s the biggest win since I’ve been here,” said Golden, who is in his fifth season at Temple. “In that kind of environment, to stay together. To be down 15, and then reel off 28 straight? That’s a big win, and I give a lot of credit to our coaches.”

It was the first road victory for the Owls (4-1) after they opened with three wins at home and a loss at Penn State, where they went down, 22-13, after entering the fourth quarter with a chance to win. Pierce was hurt in the second half of that game and did not return.

On Saturday, Brown’s 11-yard TD run snapped a 28-28 tie with 6 minutes, 46 seconds left in the fourth quarter. His 20-yard touchdown run at 4:20 provided insurance.

“I just played as hard as I could,” said the sophomore from Baltimore, who gave credit to his offensive linemen. “It was another win for the books. I think we played well. But we don’t want to be a one-hit wonder.”

Steelman, who ran for four touchdowns and passed for another to account for all of Army’s points, scored on a 7-yard run with 9:08 left in the second quarter to put the Black Knights up, 14-13. He threw a 31-yard scoring strike to wide receiver Austin Barr with 2:07 remaining in the half.

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