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 B...