Temple Vs. Wyoming, 2011 New Mexico Bowl: Owls Reflect On First Bowl Win In 32 Years

The Temple Owls defeated the Wyoming Cowboys in the New Mexico Bowl today to earn their ninth win of the season, second Bowl victory in school history, and the first since 1979.

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New Mexico Bowl Final Score: Temple Defeats Wyoming, 37-15

The Temple Owls defeated the Wyoming Cowboys in the New Mexico Bowl today to earn their ninth win of the season, second Bowl victory in school history, and the first since 1979. The Owls defeated the Cowboys by a final score of 37-15 and if not for a garbage touchdown and two-point conversion for Wyoming with three seconds remaining the score would've been even more impressive. This game was over before it started, as Temple dominated from start to finish. They easily covered the seven-point spread.

The Owls rushed for 255 yards and running back Bernard Pierce had yet another 100 yard game. However; given the explosiveness of Temple's rush offense, combined with the normally inept run defense of Wyoming, Temple's running game was shut down relative to the circumstance. Temple was two yards off their average of 257 rushing yards per game, and Wyoming was near their season average of rushing yards allowed at 230. 

Junior running back Bernard Pierce was the star yet again, rushing for 100 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries. He was well below his season averages in yards per carry and total yards, but impressed nonetheless. He wore the Cowboys' D down from beginning to end. The question is whether or not Pierce will return for his senior season, or declare for the NFL draft. Backup running back Matt Brown rushed for 49 yards and a touchdown. The 5'5" backup could be Pierce's replacement should he leave for the Pros. Brown had had 867 yards rushing during the regular season, on 6.1 yards per carry.

Back-to-back eight win seasons for Temple and a Bowl win now under their belt, they could be a program to watch out for in the MAC for next season.

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New Mexico Bowl: Temple Leads Wyoming 31-7 After Three

The Owls look well on their way to their first Bowl Game victory in over 30 years. This is only the fourth time they've made post-season play, but are playing like the belong against the 8-4 Wyoming Cowboys in the New Mexico Bowl. 

Temple leads 31-7 heading into the final quarter, and they've been carried once again, by their explosive running game. Through three quarters they have 195 yards on the ground and three touchdowns on 37 carries. Despite allowing nearly 200 yards rushing in three quarters, Temple has been slowed a bit by one of the worst rush defenses in the nation. Bernard Pierce in particular, is only averaging 3.7 yards per carry, down from his season average of 5.6.

The remainder of the game can be seen on ESPN and ESPN3. Temple will have possession of the football to begin the fourth quarter quarter. 

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New Mexico Bowl: Temple Leads Wyoming 28-7 At Halftime

The Owls extended their lead to 21-0 in the second quarter, only to see Wyoming score a late touchdown with 37 seconds remaining in the half to cut the lead to 14. With all the momentum on their side the Cowboys were set to receive the second half kickoff with the chance to trim the Owls lead to a touchdown on the first drive of the third quarter. Instead, Temple answered Wyoming's late score with a score of their own, taking just two plays and 18 seconds off the clock. A blown coverage by the Cowboys defense allowed Rod Streater to break free, who was then hit by Owls quarterback Chris Coyer for a walk-in 61 yard touchdown.

Temple enters the locker room with a 28-7 halftime lead, and all the momentum. The second half of the game can be seen on ESPN and ESPN3. Wyoming will receive the kickoff to begin the third quarter. 

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New Mexico Bowl: Temple Leads Wyoming 7-0 After One

The 8-4 Temple Owls are playing in only their fourth Bowl game in school history and are in search for their first post-season victory in over 30 years. After one quarter of play in the New Mexico Bowl the Owls lead the 8-4 Wyoming Cowboys by a score of 7-0 and are threatening to make it 14-0 when the second quarter begins. 

The Owls have out-gained the Cowboys 152 to 39 thus far, led by their potent rushing attack, which already has already surpassed 100 yards on 17 carries. One of the nation's leading rushers, Bernard Pierce, has carried the ball eight times for 39 yards and a touchdown. He's averaged 126 rushing per game this season.

The remainder of the game can be seen on ESPN and ESPN3. Temple will begin the second quarter with possession of the football. 

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Temple Vs. Wyoming, 2011 New Mexico Bowl: Time, Location, History And More

Event: Temple Owls (8-4, 5-3 MAC) vs. Wyoming Cowboys (8-4, 5-2 MWC).

Date/Time: Friday, December 16, 2011 - 2:00 p.m. EDT.

Location: University Stadium, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Odds: The Owls are 7-point favorites over the Cowboys.

Broadcast Information: The game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN and ESPN3 as the New Mexico Bowl kicks off the 2011 College Bowl Season.

Series History: Temple and Wyoming have only played one time in the history of both football programs. The Cowboys defeated the Owls 38-23 in 1990. 

Last Time Out: Temple defeated Kent State 34-16 on November 25. Running back Bernard Pierce ran for 189 yards and three touchdowns. 

Owls By The Numbers: Temple ranks seventh in the nation in rushing at 257 yards per game. 

Cowboys By The Numbers: Wyoming has the sixth worst rush defense in college football, allowing 230 yards per game.

Storyline: Temple is playing in only their fourth bowl game in school history, and haven't won a bowl game in over 30 years. Something else to watch is the long lay-off for both teams. Wyoming hasn't played since December 3, but Temple hasn't played since November 25. 

Players To Watch: Temple running back Bernard Pierce is sixth in the nation in rushing yards per game at 126. He's also third in the nation in rushing touchdowns with 25. The junior could be playing his last college football game if he decided to go pro.

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