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Marmot Boca Raton Bowl Prediction: Temple Owls escape the Toledo Rockets

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Tonight the Temple Owls (10-3) take on the Toledo Rockets (9-2) at 7 pm on ESPN in the Marmot Boca Raton Bowl from the Florida Atlantic campus at FAU Stadium. The Owls are looking to win their 11th game, which will be the most in a single-season in program history.

They’re also 5-2 on the road this season, while the Rockets bring a perfect 5-0 record on the road into this game.

It’ll also be the first game for the Rockets since Matt Campbell left their program for a new job with the Iowa State Cyclones. This will be the first game for new head coach Jason Candle.

In our simulation, the Owls pick up their historic 11th win with a 33-31 win over the Rockets. It’ll give them a bittersweet win after losing to the Houston Cougars in the American Athletic Conference’s inaugural conference championship game on Dec. 5.

The Owls led the time of possession with 34:12 to the Rockets, who had 25:48. Both teams were close in yardage, as Toledo had 441 and Temple had 446. The Rockets had 272 passing and 179 rushing, while the Owls had 290 passing and 156 rushing.

P.J. Walker, the Owls quarterback, went 23 of 42 for 290 yards and two touchdowns. His counterpart, Rockets signal caller Phillip Ely went 20 of 38 for 272 yards, along with two touchdowns and an interception.

Jahad Thomas had 159 rushing yards, while Ryquell Armstead added six yards. Walker had a -9.

Kareem Hunt had 156 yards and two touchdowns. Terry Swanson also had 20 yards, while Ely had -7.

Robby Anderson led the Owls with 75-yards, including a 35-yard catch and a touchdown. Ventell Bryant added 68-yards, including two catches longer than 20-yards, and a touchdown. John Cristopher added 39-yards, while Romond Deloatch contributed 33-yards. Thomas had 31, while Brandon Sippen and Kip Patton had 22-yards each.

Alonzo Russell led the Rockets with 69-yards, including a 37-yard reception. Cody Thompson added 48-yards, including a 32-yard reception. Michael Roberts contributed 44-yards, while Cory Jones had 37 and Hunt with adding an additional 31. Diontae Johnson had a catch for 34-yards and Alex Zmolik had a catch for 9-yards.

Hunt scored with 1:55 remaining on a 30-yard touchdown to cut the Owls lead to 33-31. However, the Rockets were unable to convert on an on-side kick before the Owls ran out the clock for the win.

Temple increased their lead to 33-24 with an Austin Jones 27-yard field goal.

The Rockets got the game close at 30-24 when Hunt scored on a two-yard run with 4:44 remaining in the game.

Jones also had two field goals in the third quarter. This game the team from South Broad Street in Philadelphia the 30-17 lead.

He first made a 43-yarder at 9:49 for a 27-17 lead. Then, he made a 23-yarder with 3:04 left for the 30-17 lead.

He also converted on a 47-yard field goal with 10 seconds left in the second quarter for the 24-17 lead. Anderson also caught a 21-yard touchdown pass from Walker for a 21-17 lead with 2:24 remaining in the first half.

Zips kicker Jameson Vest made a 34-yard field goal at 9:59 for the 17-14 lead in the second quarter.

Both teams scored two touchdowns each in the first quarter. Anderson and Bryant caught the Owls touchdowns, while Zmolik and Jones had the Rockets two.

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