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Chippewas Open MAC Play at Temple
ESPNU will televise the game live to a national audience beginning at 7 p.m.
"We've challenged our players and told them they have a great opportunity," CMU head coach Dan Enos said. "It's a high profile game in a great environment early in the season. Temple is coming off a nine-win season, and Coach Golden and his staff have done a tremendous job with that program."
Both teams are coming off season opening victories against NCAA Championship Subdivision opponents. CMU shut out Hampton, 33-0, last Thursday, while Temple was a 31-24 winner over Villanova, the No. 1-ranked team in the FCS and defending national champion.
The Chippewas are seeking their seventh straight win in a MAC opener and 19th straight win over a MAC East Division opponent. CMU is 17-3 in its last 20 MAC regular season road games.
This week, however, the Chippewas will be facing a team that won nine games and played in a bowl game in 2009. Temple is the first of six opponents on CMU's 2010 schedule that played in a bowl game last season.
Offensively, the Owls are led by running back Bernard Pierce, the 2009 MAC Freshman of the Year and an All-MAC first team selection last season. Pierce ran for 1,361 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2009; he finished with 75 yards on 20 carries last week against Villanova.
Chester Stewart completed 16-of-27 passes for 200 yards and a score last week, while Brandon McManus converted 4-of-5 field goal attempts covering 53, 44, 40 and 43 yards.
CMU and Temple are meeting for the first time since 2008, when CMU claimed a 24-14 victory at Kelly/Shorts Stadium. CMU leads the all-time series 2-0, including a 42-26 win at Temple in 2006.
Thursday's game is the first of three in a row on the road for the Chippewas. CMU continues MAC play next Saturday at Eastern Michigan before closing the road trip with a nonconference date at Northwestern on Sept. 25.
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