Archive for December, 2009

Temple to Play UCLA in EagleBank Bowl

The 110th Army Navy game was played today on Temple’s homefield of Lincoln Financial Field.  Army needed a win to earn a bowl berth, but Navy was too much as they cruised in the 2nd half to win their 8th straight game over Army 17-3.  Army led 3-0 at half, but Navy scored a touchdown on their first possesion in the 2nd half.  They never looked back.  Army ran just 4 plays in the 3rd quarter.

With the Navy win over Army, Temple now knows they will face off against UCLA on Dec. 29th at 4:30.  UCLA was 6-6 on the year, but just 3-6 in Pac 10 play.  UCLA struggled offensively all season long, averaging just 21.3 points per game. 

In 2005, Temple was looking for a new head coach.  UCLA head coach Rick Neuheisel interviewed for the job, but the two sides couldn’t finalize a deal.  So, Temple went with head coach Al Golden.  In 2007, UCLA was looking for a new coach, Al Golden interviewed, but Neuheisel got the position.

Temple Bowl Game

For the first time in 30 years, the Temple football team is going to a bowl game.  They beat California 28-17 in the 1979 Garden State Bowl.  Heading into the season, Temple held the 3rd longest bowl drought in the nation, behind Kent State and New Mexico State.  Kent State has not been in a bowl game since the 1972 Tangerine Bowl, while New Mexico State has not been bowling since the 1960 Sun Bowl.  Louisiana Monroe has the longest overall streak of 62; they became Division 1 in 1994.

There are 34 bowl games, and the Owls are the only squad that does not have an opponent, atleast not until the Army Navy Game on Saturday.  This past Sunday, Temple accepted an invitation to play in the EagleBank Bowl.  Army has an automatic bid to the bowl, but you have to be “bowl eligible”, which means your record has to be 6-6 or better.  Army is 5-6.  UCLA gets in if Army loses.  UCLA is 6-6.

Temple Football has been laughed at in the past, but now, it’s a bit different.  Freshman running back Bernard Pierce and Head Coach Al Golden have gotten national exposure.  The turnaround has been fun to watch, but can they cash in a win at the EagleBank Bowl.  We shall see.