WASHINGTON - In the days leading to the EagleBank Bowl, Temple coach

Al Golden

was noncommittal when asked who would start at quarterback for the Owls.

Yesterday, redshirt junior Vaughn Charlton was on the field when Temple took the first possession of the game.

"He had a tremendous 15 practices," Golden said. "I was very pleased with the way he conducted the game, most particularly early on."

Charlton started the Owls' first eight games of the season as the team went 6-2. He was replaced by redshirt sophomore Chester Stewart for the team's last four games of the regular season after Golden decided the former needed to take better care of the football.

In his last start, Stewart completed 7 of 22 passes for 92 yards with an interception as Temple lost to Ohio in a game that ended the regular season, and decided which team would advance to the Mid-American Conference title game out of the East Division.

"For me personally, I just took the past couple of games to find out what I could improve on," Charlton said. "I found out what I could improve on, and fix my mistakes and put a good month of practice together. And I found out I was going to play."

Extra points. Temple punter Jeff Wathne was sent home Monday for an undisclosed violation of team rules. Wathne's duties were handled by Jake Brownell. . . . Both coaches pointed out that the turf at RFK Stadium was slick due to icing as the cold day wore on.

A host of former Temple players were on hand, including all-time leading rusher Paul Palmer, defensive lineman Raheem Brock of the Indianapolis Colts, former Washington Redskin Tre Johnson, and 2008 team leaders Adam DiMichele and Bruce Francis. . . . Former Virginia coach Al Groh, for whom Golden served as defensive coordinator with the Cavaliers for five seasons before taking over the Owls, was on the sideline. . . . Before the game, the national anthem was sung by D.C. Washington.