The Temple Owls have dominated the Wyoming Cowboys through the opening seconds of the second quarter. Owls running back Bernard Pierce found the end zone for his second touchdown and a 14-0 lead in the 2011 New Mexico Bowl.
Brett Smith and the Cowboys brought the ball from their own 40-yard line to Temple's 31-yard line, but the drive stalled there. After 2nd-and-16 failed to be changed, the Cowboys called a timeout to rethink things, but two plays later a field goal was attempted. Daniel Sullivan came up short on the 49-yard attempt.
Temple countered with a dose of 5-foot-5 running back Matt Brown to start the drive before handing off to Pierce once again. Pierce picked up six yards before scoring another one-yard touchdown.