PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Travis Shelton looked at the scoreboard and
enjoyed the rare sight.
Temple beat Bowling Green 28-14 Saturday, snapping a 20-game
losing streak and handing new coach Al Golden his first victory.
"We had more points and it was a great thing to see," said
Shelton, who scored on a 96-yard kickoff return for one of his two
touchdowns. "Our players were jumping up and down and were so
excited. We've worked so hard for so long, and it was worth all the
Golden didn't get much time to celebrate his first win after
eight losses. He left Lincoln Financial Field immediately after
speaking with his team to "attend to a personal matter," the
school said in a statement.
Golden and his wife are expecting their second child, and the
school's statement said Kelly Golden was hospitalized with "mild
Adam DiMichele threw two scoring passes as Temple (1-8) ended
the nation's longest losing streak with its first win since a 34-24
victory over Syracuse on Nov. 13, 2004. The Owls lost to Boston
College in their final game of the 2004 season and lost all 11
games last season.
The Owls had been outscored 351-71 in their first eight games
and allowed 60 points in three losses.
Golden was doused with a cooler by his players as the final
seconds ticked away. He was emotional in the short time he spent
with his team after the win and said the win was for the seniors,
Temple defensive coordinator Mark D'Onofrio said winning was
enough for the Owls.
"It's an emotional game," D'Onofrio said. "You pour your
heart and soul into this. I couldn't be happier for the kids."
Bowling Green, which beat the Owls 70-7 last season, took a
quick lead when Chris Bullock ran 30 yards for a score on the first
play from scrimmage.
After Temple blocked a punt, Shelton caught a 43-yard scoring
pass from DiMichele, tying the game at 7-all with 7:36 left in the
Temple's Jason Harper then scored on a 9-yard run with 4:42 left
in the first half.
DiMichele threw a 45-yard TD pass to Bruce Francis to give the
Owls a 21-7 lead with 8:44 left in the third quarter before
Bullock, who ran for 182 yards on 29 carries, scored again. This
time, Bullock scored on a 1-yard run to cut Bowling Green's deficit
to 21-14 less than a minute into the fourth quarter.
On the ensuing kickoff, Shelton scored on a 96-yard return,
matching the longest return in Temple history. The Owls' Paul
Loughran accomplished the feat against Boston University in 1971.
The run was the longest for the Owls since Makonnen Fenton's
94-yard return against Connecticut in 2002.
DiMichele had his finest game of the season, going 10-of-13 for
162 yards and two touchdowns.
"You can't stop here," DiMichele said.
Bowling Green didn't expect to be on the losing end after last
season's 63-point victory, but coach Gregg Brandon was
philosophical about the outcome.
"Congratulations to Al Golden, he's done a good job," Brandon
said. "I'm not too excited about being the team that broke the
streak, but it was going to happen, anyway."