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PHILADELPHIA - The Bowling Green State University football team lost more than a football game when it suffered a 28-27 setback at Lincoln Financial Field Saturday.
The Falcons' list of the walking wounded, which grew even before the game began, continued to swell during the physical contest against the Owls.
"The list gets longer," coach Dave Clawson said. "But it is what it is. For me to sit here and complain about it is just not what we're about. It's the next man up.
"Some years you just get hit hard. But you can't use that as an excuse for winning and losing football games. That can't be part of our mentality as a program."
Before the game, the Falcons announced that OT Blaec Walker would be lost for the season. What's more, WR Tyrone Pronty was at the game but in sweats and did not take the field.
"At wide receiver we had Adrian Hodges make some plays," Clawson said. "I also thought Kamar played well."
Jorden finished with 12 catches for 143 yards, while Hodges had six catches for 38 yards.
Midway through the first quarter, CB Cameron Truss was injured. He seemed to be favoring his left ankle, and he did not play again. Late in the first half, FB Zach Akenberger, a Bowling Green High School product, injured his left leg and was taken off the field with an aircast on his leg.
Early in the third quarter, RB Willie Geter scored on a 12-yard run, but he seemed to injure his right leg while twisting and diving for the pylon at the end of the run. He also did not return.
STEPPING UP: Redshirt freshman Alex Bayer entered Saturday's contest with just six catches for 53 yards in the Falcons' first six games. But he nearly doubled his reception total with five catches against the Owls - good for 77 yards.
"A couple of those [tight-end] screens were by design, and a couple of those were throws based on the read and the coverage of the play," Clawson said. "Alex is a redshirt freshman who has very good ball skills. He's starting to learn how to play, and he's becoming more of a factor in every game.
STEPPING UP, PART TWO: Sophomore OL Jordon Roussos stepped up in place of the injured Walker and saw extensive action in what Clawson called the best performance by the Falcons' offensive line this season.
"A month ago he was playing defensive line - I don't even know if he knows half of our offense," Clawson said. "But the one thing Jordan does is he plays hard - he goes to the whistle.
"I said to our offensive coaches, 'I don't care if he goes to the wrong person half the time. I know he'll give effort.' And I thought he played well, playing with great effort and great passion."
SHORT YARDAGE: It was a busy day around Lincoln Financial Field as the Flyers played an NHL game at the Wells Fargo Center starting at 6 p.m. and the Phillies played a National League Championship Game that started at Citizens Bank Park two hours later. … K Bryan Wright's troubles included a missed PAT kick and a 43-yard field goal that he hooked left at the end of the first half. … Saturday's announced crowd of 23,045 is Temple's eighth-largest at Lincoln Financial Field.