Owls React to Bowl Game Selection

Temple University Football will compete in a bowl game for the first time since 2011. They will face the Toledo Rockets in Boca Raton, Florida. This game acts as the fifth bowl game in Temple Owls Football history.  Temple earned the invitation to the Marmot Boca Raton Bowl after the Owls lost to Houston in the inaugural American Athletic Conference championship game on Saturday.

The bowl invitation capped a record-breaking year for the Owls under the leadership of Coach Matt Rhule.  His third season leading the team led to 10 wins, a record tied for most in school history.

Temple spent six weeks this season in the Top 25, including a program-record four-week run. The Owls shattered attendance records, selling out Lincoln Financial Field twice and averaging over 44,000 fans per home game. The first of those wins was a 27-10 defeat of Penn State, the Owls’ first over the Nittany Lions in 74 years. On Halloween, the Owls’ sold-out home game against Notre Dame brought ESPN’s College GameDay to Philadelphia, a first for Temple football.

The national spotlight on the football team has helped fuel momentum through the entire university, including a dramatic increase in applications and record attendance at admissions events.

Temple last played in a bowl game in 2011, when the Owls defeated Wyoming 37-15 in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl. Temple’s first bowl game appearance was a 20-14 loss to Tulane in the first Sugar Bowl in 1935.

The Marmot Boca Raton Bowl will be played at FAU Stadium on the campus of Florida Atlantic University and broadcast live on ESPN.

For more information regarding ticket updates, travel packages and more, visit Temple Athletics’ Bowl Game Central site.

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