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New Mexico Bowl — Temple vs. Wyoming — Preview

(File photo.  Credit: Joseph Labolito)

(File photo. Credit: Joseph Labolito)

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By Matt Leon

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — For the second time in three seasons, the Temple Owls will play in a bowl game.   Temple will kick off this bowl season this Saturday afternoon when they take on the Wyoming Cowboys in the New Mexico Bowl in (you guessed it) New Mexico.

Kickoff is set for 2pm on Saturday.

Both the Owls and the Cowboys bring 8-4 records into this one.  The Owls finished second in the MAC East Division.  Wyoming was third in the Mountain West Conference.

The Cowboys are keyed by the great quarterback play of freshman Brett Smith.  His 3,140 yards of total offense this season is the fifth highest total in program history.   He has thrown for 18 touchdowns and run for an additional ten.

The Owls’ offense is all about the running game, and they would seem to have a favorable matchup in that regard with Wyoming.   The Cowboys have allowed 230 yards per game on the ground.   Temple, behind running backs Bernard Pierce and Matt Brown, racks up about 257 yards per contest rushing.

KYW’s Matt Leon talks with the radio voice of the Owls, KYW’s own Harry Donahue, about the matchup…

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