Temple entered today's game with the Bowling Green Falcons as the heavy favorite, outscoring opponents 76-0 in their previous two games, while Bowling Green was reeling, in the midst of a three-game losing streak. On paper it looked like it would be an easy victory for Temple, but the Owls coaching staff preached to its players all week not to take any opponent lightly.
The Owls coaching staff has been preaching that there are fragile moments for any program throughout the season, and that overlooking any opponent could be dangerous.
"There are points in the season that are pretty critical points that sometimes can go one way or go the other," Addazio said.
The Owls fell to Bowling Green today by a final score of 13-10. Despite adequate production from their typically-dominant ground game (49 carries for 218 yards) and two running backs over 100 yards for the third consecutive week, the Owls could only muster 10 points against a less-than-stellar Falcons defense.
Penalties (12 for 97 yards) proved costly for the Owls all afternoon, as did a missed 39-yard field goal early in the second half, which would've given Temple both the momentum and the lead.
The loss drops Temple to 5-3 on the season and 3-2 in the MAC. The Owls travel to Ohio to face the Bobcats next week, in a game that has suddenly become a must-win for the Owls if they want to remain favorites to win the MAC East title.
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