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New Mexico Bowl

Temple Temple (9-4) 37
Wyoming Wyoming (8-5) 15

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Game Recap

by CFP Staff
December 18, 2011

The New Mexico Bowl kicked off the bowl season with a blowout as Temple blasted Wyoming 37-15 in a game that wasn't even that close.

A late touchdown and 2-point conversion make the final score look slightly more respectable, but the Owls took a quick 21-0 lead and never looked back.

It's the second straight year that the New Mexico Bowl was over before it barely started. Last season, BYU routed UTEP 52-24 in a battle of teams that were barely bowl eligible at 6-6.

At least this season's matchup offered a pair of 8-4 teams. Wyoming ended the regular season winning three of its last four and five of its last seven. Temple leaves on a 4-game winning streak.

In Steve Addazio's first year as head coach, the former Florida offensive coordinator led Temple to its first bowl win since 1979 and a 9-4 season overall record.

The Owls are 26-12 over the last three seasons, exceeding the 25 total victories for the school from the nine seasons prior to that span (2000-2008).

Wyoming dropped to 6-7 in bowl games while closing out its 2011 campaign at 8-5, still good enough for a 5-win improvement from a year ago and not bad at all for a team that was projected to go 3-9 again this year.

It was only the second meeting ever between the two teams as Wyoming beat the Owls 28-23 in Laramie in 1990.

57.9% of voters picked Temple to win and the Congrove Computer Rankings had the Owls as a 10.92-point favorite for the 6th-highest projected margin of all the bowl games.


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