Scores

Final

Bowling Green 14

(4-5, 2-3 away)

Temple 28

(1-8, 1-3 home)

1:00 PM ET, October 28, 2006

Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA

1 2 3 4 T
BGSU 7 0 0 714
TEM 7 7 7 728

Top Performers

Passing: A. DiMichele (TEM) - 162 YDS, 2 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: C. Bullock (BGSU) - 29 CAR, 182 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: B. Francis (TEM) - 2 REC, 52 YDS, 1 TD

Win streak at one: Temple ends 20-game losing skid

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 hard work."

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 complications."

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, Shelton said.

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 first quarter.

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."

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