WEST POINT, N.Y. - Backup running back Matt Brown rushed for 226 yards and four touchdowns to lead Temple to a 42-35 victory over Army, Saturday afternoon in front of a homecoming crowd that topped 33,000 at Michie Stadium.
Listed with the starting lineup in place of Bernard Pierce, Brown, a 5-foot-5, 170-pound sophomore, rushed 28 times and scored twice in the second half as the Owls overcame a 21-13 halftime deficit.
Temple, coming off a 22-13 loss to Penn State a week ago, is now 4-1.
Army had its two-game winning streak snapped and is now 3-2.
The Black Knights scored in all four quarters, including twice in the second half, but the Owls used a three-score final quarter to secure the victory.
Army quarterback Trent Steelman completed 9-of-16 passes for 124 yards and a touchdown and rushed 19 times for 65 yards and a career-best four scores. Steelman accounted for all five Army touchdowns, including a 31-yard scoring toss to Austin Barr.
Malcolm Brown was the Black Knights' leading rusher with 71 yards on 12 carries while fullback Jared Hassin picked up 58 rushing yards on 12 carries and 29 yards on three receptions.
Army secured a turnover on the opening kickoff and took advantage for an early lead. L.B. Brown forced the fumble and Ty Shrader hopped on the loose ball, giving Army the ball at the Temple 27.
Malcolm Brown picked up three yards and then Steelman snapped off two runs for 22 yards. He ended the drive with a two-yard scoring run and a 7-0 Army lead after Alex Carlton's point after, just two minutes into the game.
Temple responded on its next possession with Brown carrying on four of the seven plays, capping the drive with a three-yard run. A bad snap allowed Army to hold a 7-6 advantage.
The Owls took their first lead after Army missed a 50-yard field goal. Brown's 42-yard scoring run and Brandon McManus' point after made it 13-7 Temple.
Army went back on top early in the second quarter with a season-long 18-play, 9:57-minute drive that chewed up 79 yards. Hassin ran on three straight plays for 18 yards which helped set up Steelman's seven-yard scoring run.
The Black Knights extended their lead later in the quarter. After a Temple three-and-out, Steelman fired to Barr for a 31-yard touchdown on first down and a 21-13 Army advantage.
Army received the second half kickoff after winning the toss and deferring the choice. A 13-play drive took more than seven minutes and covered 74 yards. Malcolm Brown gained 26 yards on the second play of the drive, Steelman scampered for eight and Hassin picked up eight more before Steelman scored from three yards out for a 28-13 Army lead.
Temple responded on its next possession with a trick play touchdown. Wide receiver Joe Jones hit position-mate Michael Campbell with a 24-yard scoring toss to trim the deficit to a touchdown. Quarterback Chester Stewart converted the two-point conversion pass to Vaughn Charlton.
The Owls knotted the contest at 28 early in the final quarter when Stewart found Campbell for an eight-yard scoring toss just 31 seconds in.
Army was forced to punt on its next possession and Temple re-took the lead. Brown ran for 13 yards on the first three players, Stewart completed 58 yards of passes and then Brown rushed for an 11-yard score and a 35-28 lead.
The Black Knights punted on their next possession and Brown needed just three runs for a 42-28 lead. He rushed for 23 on first down, seven on second and then a 20-yard jaunt to paydirt.
Army wasn't finished though. Steelman led the team on a 12-play, three-minute drive to cut the gap. Steelman and Malcolm Brown connected for 13 yards, Steelman hit George Jordan for 11 yards and then went back to Brown for a 20-yard pick up. After an incomplete pass, Steelman ran in from five yards out, his fourth running score of the game to make it 42-35.
The Black Knights attempted an on-sides kick but Temple recovered and ran out the clock.
Army is on the road for its next two games, at Tulane in the Louisiana Superdome Oct. 9 and against Rutgers at the New Meadowlands Stadium Oct. 16.