December 23, 2015
Temple lost to Toledo 32-17 in the Boca Raton Bowl on Tuesday night, but a questionable late call might have prevented the Owls from tying the game up.
Down eight points with 2:50 left, Temple kicker Tyler Mayes executed the ol’ “dribbler up the middle” onside kick to perfection. It appeared as if Mayes recovered the ball and that the Owls would have a chance to tie the game:
No clue how Temple didn't recover this. pic.twitter.com/gddIU0dy3z— Dr. Saturday (@YahooDrSaturday) December 23, 2015
Not so fast. Unfortunately for Temple, a Toledo player escaped the pile with the football and the refs awarded the Rockets with the ball. Toledo would score on the ensuing possession to put the game away.
Matt Rhule was disappointed with the Owls’ performance, but it was clear that he also felt his player recovered the onside kick:
Matt Rhule about onside kick: I got no explanation. I saw Tyler Mayes run up and fall on the ball. I was hoping for a review.— Joseph Cranney (@joey_cranney) December 23, 2015
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