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Comparing Bernard Pierce and Matt Brown / Army Recap

Posted By Adrian Fedkiw On Oct 5 2010 @ 2:56 pm In Temple | No Comments

Matt Brown had a career day, 28 carries 226 yards and four touchdowns.  The amazing performance was good enough to the MAC Player of the Week Award.  Temple came back from a 28-13 deficit on Army’s homecoming to take the game 42-35. 

Brown had a sensational afternoon, and I feel like this is the perfect time to talk about the Pierce and Brown duo and how they complement one another.  Many Temple fans that I’ve talked to feel that Brown may even be the better back, but Pierce is the guy with all the hype.  I’ll say this, Pierce in my opinion is the better back, but Brown has no problem stepping in there when called upon.  Pierce is quickly starting to become the Mark Prior of college football.  He always seems to have a nagging injury.  

(Matt Brown)

As a pair, Bernard Pierce and Matt Brown really remind me of the Ladainian Tomlinson and Darren Sproles duet that used to play in San Diego.  Obviously, the skill set isn’t the same, but when you look at the styles of backs the duos are very similar.  Bernard Pierce would represent Tomlinson.  Tomlinson is a complete back with unbelievable vision, and great cut-back ability.  This is what Pierce is.  Pierce knows how to hit a hole, and when he doesn’t see the hole open up, he has no problem bouncing it to the outside.  Like Tomlinson, Pierce has great goal-line instincts inside the 10-yard line.  Whenever Tomlinson needed a breather, Sproles would come in and do his thing.  Sproles and Brown have a similar stature.  They’re both little bugs, about 5’5, 5’6.  They’re both extremely quick and tough to locate out of the backfield by opposing defenders.  Brown is more of the edge rusher of he and Pierce.  Golden likes to get him outside of the tackles and use his quickness.  When you look at Sproles, he always stepped in and played well when needed, just like Brown.  Just look at the 2008 Wild Card game where he did everything for San Diego against Indianapolis. 

(Bernard Pierce)

With all this being said, the offensive line has to get a lot of credit as well.  They consistently open up gaping holes for either Brown or Pierce to run through.  They can pull, and set the edge too. 

Michael Campbell is solidifying himself as the go to receiver.  He had another fantastic game as he caught five balls for 124 yards and two scores.  He continues to get open vertically down the field.

The defense did an ok job stopping the triple option.  They did a much better job in the second half than the first.

Temple (4-1) plays the last of their three game road trip next week against Northern Illinois.

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