2007 Shula Bowl VI
It started as beautiful night for a football game, in a city and place that has featured many great moments for Coach Howard Schnellenberger, from the '72 undefeated season with the Dolphins to winning his first National Championship in '83 with the Canes. Sure, a win by his Florida Atlantic team against cross-town rival Florida International pale in comparison to many of those many great highlights, yet a win at his former stomping ground leaves a memorable and sobering moment, bringing peace to a journey's end full of fond memories as he bodes farewell to the "Grand Old Lady", only a win on his final visit could provide such closure to a place that holds so many noble memories.
For the first time this season the Owls took care of business, never letting the Golden Panther into the game, slamming the door closed early and never letting the Panthers a chance to get a foot in the door. This was rather a refreshing performance from a team that has provided far too many dramatic moments to its fans this season and keeps the dream alive of post season play alive one more week.
The game did provided many great and record breaking moments, but there was a time in the third quarter where the Owls did lose focus for a short spell, playing down to their opponents, where the game turned rather ugly and penalty flags where far too numerous, the Owls can not allow a lapse of focus next week against the Trojans. Not to take away from a solid performance on both sides, but these lapses can have a adverse effect on a game and even in the fourth quarter when Polo made a very bad decision on a kick-off return that could have turned into more points for the Golden Panthers. Yes, the Owls did a much better job in this game, but must continue to improve, if they want the train ride to continue to
What matters most in the end, is the final outcome, a win that keeps the dream alive that is all you can ask for.