Owls putting dubious call behind them

Posted: September 18, 2007

It's over. Because there's really nothing Al Golden can do about it. So he's putting it behind him, and hoping his Temple football team will do the same thing.

On Saturday at Connecticut, the Owls (0-3, 0-1 in the Mid-American Conference) were the apparent victim of bad calls by both the officials on the field and in the replay booth. At least it sure looked that way, on television. And it cost them a late touchdown, and most likely a win.

With 40 seconds left in the game, Temple's Bruce Francis caught a deflected pass at the end line. Officials ruled he was out of bounds. The play was reviewed, but was not overturned, even though television replays indicated Francis got his left foot down in time.

The Owls lost, 22-17. They'll be at Bowling Green (1-1, 0-0) this weekend. That's what Golden wants to focus on. Last year, the Owls' lone win was against BG here.

"I'm anxious to see if we can put two really good efforts together in a row," Golden said. "We haven't done that yet.

"If our athletic director Bill Bradshaw wants to address it, or [MAC] commissioner Rick Chryst wants to do it . . . [but] we have to move on. That's my message to [the players] right now. Of course they're disappointed. But there's a lot we can take from it, going forward.

"I don't want to go down that path. Everyone that saw it formed the same opinion."

He doesn't want to repeat the same mistake.

"We put so much into the [opening] Navy game, and when we lost it kind of lingered," Golden explained. "No matter how hard we tried to push ahead, we never relinquished it. There's a saying, 'Don't let them beat you twice.' Buffalo came in here [the following week] and kicked our butts. We don't want to go there again." *

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