Wyoming Falls to Temple 37-15 in New Mexico Bowl

By RUSSELL CONTRERAS
Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Bernard Pierce ran for two early
touchdowns and Chris Coyer threw for 169 yards and a touchdown to
help Temple beat Wyoming 37-15 in the New Mexico Bowl on Saturday.
    The Owls (9-4) had three interceptions - tying a New Mexico Bowl
record - en route to the second bowl victory in school history.
    The New Mexico Bowl was Temple's second bowl game in three
years, but that 2009 game - a 30-21 loss to UCLA in the EagleBank
Bowl in Washington - was the Owls' first bowl in 30 years. The
Mid-American Conference East runner-up did not get a bowl invite
last year despite going 8-4.
    "Our team played real well. We played a team game," first-year
Temple coach Steve Addazio said. "Our starting point is playing
great defense. That's the starting point of our program. We have a
lot of pride in playing great defense."
    Sophomore Coyer, who also rushed for 71 yards, was selected the
game's offensive MVP.
    Coyer said Temple got a little worried at the end of the first
half when Wyoming freshman Brett Smith threw a 21-yard touchdown
pass to Josh Doctson with 28 seconds left. But Coyer responded with
a 61-yard touchdown pass to Rod Streater moments later.
    "We knew they had swung the momentum their way. It was a big
touchdown for them," Coyer said. "We weren't really sure if we
were going to go for it or sit on it."
    Meanwhile, Smith was held to just 127 yards by a greedy Owls
defensive line that preventing the Cowboys from getting anything
started.
    The loss dropped the Cowboys (8-5) to 6-7 in bowl games. It was
a disappointed effort by Wyoming after the Cowboys won the 2009 New
Mexico Bowl in double overtime, beating Fresno State 35-28.
    "It was disappointing," Cowboys coach Dave Christensen said.
"We knew they were going to run the football, which they did."