Green's Day

The Temple football team lost its grip on the Mid-American Conference East Division on Saturday. A 13-10 setback at Bowling Green dropped the Owls to 5-3 overall and 3-2 in the league, and handed the Falcons (4-4, 2-2) the inside lane to the division crown.

The Temple football team lost its grip on the Mid-American Conference East Division on Saturday.

A 13-10 setback at Bowling Green dropped the Owls to 5-3 overall and 3-2 in the league, and handed the Falcons (4-4, 2-2) the inside lane to the division crown.

Bowling Green can win the division by sweeping its last four games at Kent State and Buffalo and home against Northern Illinois and Ohio. The Bobcats can also take the MAC East by winning out, and they host Temple in a key game next Wednesday on ESPN.

Matt Schilz (20-of-34, 204 yards) threw the winnning touchdown pass on fourth-and-9 — a 24-yarder to Shaun Joplin in the back of the end zone with Zamel Johnson covering — with 7:41 to play.

"They had been blitzing a lot and playing a lot of man press, and we talked earlier in the week to just take a shot," said Bowling Green coach Dave Clawson.

The Owls had three possessions after the go-ahead score and did not record a first down. A 45-yard pass from Chester Stewart to Joe Jones was nullified because Stewart was across the line of scrimmage.

For the third straight game, Bernard Pierce and Matt Brown each went over 100 yards. Brown posted 124 yards on 22 carries and Pierce — hobbling in the second half — carried 17 times for 110 yards and a score.

Pierce's 2-yard TD run — awarded on review after originally being called down — put the Owls ahead, 10-6, with 11:02 to play, but Schilz threw his winning touchdown pass two drives later.

Stewart was 7-of-13 for 66 yards and was sacked four times. The Owls were called for 12 penalties totaling 97 yards.

"We had two backs with 100 yards," said Temple coach Steve Addazio. "We needed to throw the ball better. We had a a couple sacks, dropped a couple balls. We can't have 100 yards worth of penalties.

"As a team, we had penalties on special teams, weren't a difference maker on special teams, couldn't get off the field to preserve our lead and couldn't sustain drives."

An Owls team that punted just 20 times the first seven games combined punted nine times against the Falcons, who took a 3-0 lead into the half on Stephen Stein's 33-yard field goal.

"We put everybody we could in the box," said Clawson. "We went in to the game saying if they were going to beat us, they would have to do it throwing the football."

Brandon McManus tied the game for the Owls with a 27-yard field goal at the start of the third quarter and Stein nudged the Falcons back ahead with a 29-yard kick at the start of the fourth.

Pierce became the Owls' all-time leading point-producer with 270 points on his 2-yard plunge. Owls middle linebacker Stephen Johnson continued his stellar play with 11 tackles, two pass breakups and a quarterback hurry.

Left tackle Pat Boyle left the game with an injury. Addazio didn't have an update on his status after the game.

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