UCLA Defeats Temple in EagleBank Bowl, 30-21

Dec. 29, 2009

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WASHINGTON - Temple's first bowl game in 30 years was ruined by the Bruins.

Akeem Ayers returned an interception two yards for a go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter and UCLA shut down Temple in the second half for a 30-21 victory Tuesday in the EagleBank Bowl.

The Bruins (7-6) rallied from a 21-7 first-half deficit to finish with a winning record for the first time since 2006. That mini-slump by UCLA pales in comparison to the decades of futility endured by the Owls (9-4), whose only previous bowl appearances in school history were the inaugural Sugar Bowl in 1935 and the Garden State Bowl in 1979.

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