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|Travis Shelton (22) and the Owls claimed an emotional win on Saturday.|
Perhaps the biggest thank you Golden had went out to sophomore receiver Travis Shelton, a budding star for the Owls (1-8). Shelton scored two touchdowns and picked up 222 all-purpose yards, including a 49-yard touchdown and a 96-yard kickoff return. "This was for Coach Golden and the seniors on this team," Shelton said. "It feels great. We knew what Coach Golden was going through, yet he was there every day for us. We knew we had this in us. It was so great to look up at the scoreboard and see for once we weren't down 60-0, or 50-0. It does mean more coming against Bowling Green, especially with what they did against us the last two times we played them." Bowling Green (4-5) had outscored Temple 140-23 -- 70-7 in 2005 and 70-16 in 2004 -- the last two times the teams met. Golden didn't talk to reporters afterward, so defensive coordinator Mark D'Onofrio spoke instead. "We've been seeing improvement with this team each week," D'Onofrio said. "We had a chance to come in here and win, and the team and the staff knew it. This was a game we had to put our guts out on the line, especially with what Al is going through. The players knew it. We knew it. That's why it was emotional afterwards back in the locker room. Al is the face of Temple football. Right now, I'm happy for him." Joseph Santoliquito is the Managing Editor of RING Magazine and a frequent contributor to ESPN.com. He can be contacted at JSantoliquito@yahoo.com.