Boxscore
Temple 37, Wyoming 15
Saturday, December 17, 2011 2:00 PM
Location - University Stadium
Attendance - 25762

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Temple 7 21 3 6 37
Wyoming 0 7 0 8 15

Recap


Junior Bernard Pierce scored two touchdowns in what may have been his final collegiate game and Temple scored on its first three possessions en route to a convincing 37-15 victory over Wyoming in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl on Saturday.

Pierce, who many believe will enter the NFL draft, rushed for 100 yards to lead the nation’s seventh ranked rushing attack and finished with 1,481 this season to go along with 27 touchdowns.

The Owls rushed for 255 yards against the nation’s 115th ranked run defense and finished the season with a 256.5 average.

Temple (9-4) improved to 2-2 in bowl games and just missed setting a school record for points in a season with 398. The 1979 Owls, who defeated California in the Garden State Bowl 28-17, scored 399.

Quarterback Brett Smith, the Mountain West Conference Freshman of the Year, threw three interceptions and two touchdown passes as the Cowboys (8-5) were held to 267 total yards.

Wyoming had its two-game bowl winning streak snapped and fell to 6-7 in bowl games.

The Owls scored on their opening possession for the ninth time this season when Pierce ran in from the 1 yard line. Earlier, Pierce kept the 13-play, 90-drive alive with a 6-yard run on fourth-and-1 from the Temple 43.

Pierce’s second touchdown also came from a yard out and Matt Brown’s 1-yard plunge made it 21-0 with 10:21 left in the half.

Smith connected with Josh Doctson for a 21-yard touchdown on fourth-and-3 with 37 seconds to go until halftime, but the Cowboys lost what little momentum they had after the ensuing kickoff.

Chris Coyer threw a 61-yard touchdown pass to Rod Streater on the next play, made possible when cornerback Marqueston Huff slipped and fell, to give Temple a 28-7 halftime lead.
SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 8:41
Temple   TD  Wyoming 0 - Temple 7
2nd Quarter - 14:28
Temple   TD  Wyoming 0 - Temple 14
2nd Quarter - 10:21
Temple   TD  Wyoming 0 - Temple 21
2nd Quarter - 0:37
Wyoming   TD  Wyoming 7 - Temple 21
2nd Quarter - 0:19
Temple   TD  Wyoming 7 - Temple 28
3rd Quarter - 1:22
Temple   FG  Wyoming 7 - Temple 31
4th Quarter - 12:50
Temple   FG  Wyoming 7 - Temple 34
4th Quarter - 3:22
Temple   FG  Wyoming 7 - Temple 37
4th Quarter - 0:03
Wyoming   TD  Wyoming 15 - Temple 37
TEAMS

Team Records

  Temple Wyoming
W/L 9 - 4 - 0 8 - 5 - 0
Conference 5 - 3 - 0 5 - 2 - 0

Team Stats

  Temple Wyoming
Score 37 15
First Downs 23 17
3rd Down Efficiency 8-for-13
62%
5-for-14
36%
4th Down Efficiency 1-for-1
100%
5-for-5
100%
Total Yards 424 267
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 51-255 33-140
Average/Rush 5.0 4.2
Passing
Comp-Att 8-12 20-30
Passing Yards 169 127
Average/Pass Play 14.1 4.1
Penalties-Yards 7-55 5-56
Fumbles-Lost 1-0 2-0
Interceptions Thrown 0 3
Time of Possession 32:33 27:27

PLAYER STATS

Temple (9 - 4)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
C. Coyer 8/12 169 1 0
Wyoming (8 - 5)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
B. Smith 20/30 127 2 3
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
B. Pierce 25 100 4.0 2
C. Coyer 12 71 5.9 0
M. Brown 13 49 3.8 1
J. Jones 1 35 35.0 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
B. Smith 16 65 4.1 0
K. Sutton 4 33 8.2 0
B. Miller 5 31 6.2 0
A. Alexander 7 17 2.4 0
S. Stratton 1 -6 -6.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
R. Streater 1 61 61.0 1
E. Rodriguez 2 52 26.0 0
M. Eugene 2 30 15.0 0
J. Jones 3 26 8.7 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
J. Doctson 3 32 10.7 1
R. Herron 3 31 10.3 0
D. Rufran 9 24 2.7 0
K. Sutton 1 14 14.0 1
A. Alexander 1 13 13.0 0
S. Stratton 2 13 6.5 0
M. Ogbonna 1 0 0.0 0
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