Temple 37, Wyoming 15

Temple’s win marks the second straight year the visiting team has taken home the trophy. The win by the Mid-American Conference (MAC) member also snaps the Mountain West Conference’s four-game win streak. The Owls are the first at-large selection to the Gildan New Mexico Bowl to be victorious. Temple’s Chris Coyer, the Offensive MVP, was 8-12 with 169 yards passing and 1 TD, plus 12 rushes for 71 yards. He is the fourth quarterback to receive the award and the first sophomore to garner the honor. Temple’s Tahir Whitehead, the Defensive MVP, recorded 11 tackles (six solo, five assisted), 1.5 tackles for loss for a total of 2 yards. He is the third linebacker to garner the award and fourth straight senior to take home the shield.

BYU 52, UTEP 24

Jake Heaps threw four touchdown passes, connecting with Cody Hoffman on three scores, and finished with 264 yards passing to help BYU beat overmatched Texas-El Paso, 52-24. Hoffman had eight catches for 137 yards, while Joshua Quezada ran for 101 yards and J.J. DiLuigi added 98 yards on the ground to help the Cougars in their final contest before they begin play as an independent in football next season. BYU also got two interceptions and one of the team’s four sacks from Andrew Rich, voted the most valuable defensive player.

Wyoming 35, Fresno State 28 (2 OT)

Wyoming trailed by 11 points in the fourth quarter. Its offense was led by a freshman quarterback, its defense was facing the nation’s leading rusher. Time to worry? Not these comeback Cowboys. Freshman Austyn Carta-Samuels threw three touchdown passes, the last a 13-yarder to David Leonard in the second overtime Saturday, and Wyoming rallied past Fresno State 35-28. The first of 34 bowls in the 2009 season was a high-scoring matchup that was decided at the end by defense. Wyoming (7-6) stopped the nation’s leading rusher, Fresno State’s Ryan Mathews, on three rushing attempts from the 1 in the first overtime. The Bulldogs (8-5) tried a quarterback sneak on third down, and Mathews came up short again on fourth down. The Cowboys, who won four times this season after rallying in the fourth quarter, scored on the first possession in double overtime, then held Fresno State on downs.