The Temple Report

Well, so much for Plan B. In the week leading up to Temple's match with Bowling Green, coach Bobby Wallace decided to alter his quarterback situation.

Senior Mike McGann, a drop-back passer, would lead the team between the 20-yard lines. Once the Owls reached the red zone, the more mobile Walter Washington would take the reins.

Temple (1-4), however, managed just 294 yards of total offense and scored two touchdowns in a 70-16 loss to Bowling Green at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.

The Owls allowed 639 yards as they suffered their worst loss since a 55-0 drubbing by Miami in 1999.

McGann completed his first five passes and finished with 165 yards and a touchdown. He moved into fourth place on Temple's career total offense chart with 4,639 yards and provided one of the Owls' few bright spots.

Washington, who ranked second in the Big East in total offense heading into last weekend, posted career lows in passing (32) and rushing (minus-17) yards.

Temple will open its league schedule on Saturday, when it hosts Pittsburgh (2-2). The Owls dropped a 30-16 decision to the Panthers in 2003 when they failed to win a conference game.

Game Ball: WR Brian Allbrooks -- A junior college transfer playing his first season at Temple, Allbrooks managed six receptions for 94 yards in a 70-16 loss to Bowling Green on Saturday. Allbrooks had reeled in only two passes for nine yards prior to the game.

Keep An Eye On: WR/KR Travis Shelton -- Not only did the freshman catch a 56-yard touchdown pass from Mike McGann early in the forth quarter, but he also averaged 20.8 yards per return.

Quote The Coach: "I have not been through a day like today defensively in my career. They executed extremely well and we could just not make a play. Right now, when we play an outstanding offense, it's a struggle for our defense." -- Temple coach Bobby Wallace on the 639 yards of total offense his team surrendered in a 70-16 loss to Bowling Green.

Working Hard: QB Mike McGann's presence was the only positive aspect of Temple's 70-16 loss to Bowling Green on Saturday. McGann, a senior who was a possibility for a redshirt year, completed 7 of 12 passes for 165 yards and one touchdown.

The Struggles: Just about everything needs to be tweaked, but Temple's defense was repeatedly exposed by Bowling Green. The Falcons rolled up 442 yards of total offense in first half and took a 42-9 lead by intermission.

Injury Report: DL Antwon Burton (foot) is sidelined indefinitely. ... When McGann entered Saturday's game against Bowling Green, he eliminated any chance of returning next season.

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