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FAU’s strong start fades as Georgia rolls

Florida Atlantic (1-2) gave #7 Georgia (3-0) a brief scare Saturday night, before seven unanswered touchdowns and a record night on offense led to a convincing 56-20 win for the Bulldogs.

In front of a hostile atmosphere at Sanford Stadium, the Owls found themselves in a dog fight late in the first quarter.

Trailing by a touchdown, linebacker David Hinds forced a fumble and the offense capitalized on the opportunity.

Running back Damian Fortner took a handoff and raced 44-yards for a touchdown to tie the game up at seven. The run was the team’s longest of the season, and provided a spark of momentum on the Owls’ sideline.

Georgia however, was able to move down the field on the next drive and added another score with a 2-yard touchdown run.

Despite the deficit, quarterback Graham Wilbert looked poised on the road and helped the Owls convert on 8 of 12 third downs in the first half.

Wilbert hit wide receiver William Dukes for a 48-yard completion and got the team into the red zone for the first time all night.
The quarterback was then able to find tight end Nexon Dorvilus for a 2-yard touchdown pass, once again tying things up.

The Owls looked to be primed for an upset bid – tied with the Bulldogs early in the second quarter – but depth and talent of the Southeastern Conference squad eventually prevailed.

"We came out pretty sharp in the first half, and we really played well against a good SEC team. But the second half was a completely different ballgame. We didn't execute as well as we did in the first half, and we just didn't get it done,” Wilbert said.

The Bulldogs were able to add two quick touchdowns before halftime and FAU trailed by fourteen at the break.
Once play resumed, the Owls’ defense wasn’t able to stop a powerful offense that came out firing on all cylinders.

Georgia scored two touchdowns in the first five minutes of the third quarter, before intercepting a Wilbert pass and running it back into the end zone for a defensive score.

In all, the Bulldogs tallied 21 points in the third period of play and led by seven touchdowns.

The Owl’s only points of the second half came when linebacker Adarius Glanton intercepted a pass and dashed 42-yards for a touchdown.

“Adarius (Glanton) got better as the game went along, he was pretty excited and probably over ran a few things, but he settled down and had that big pick for a touchdown late in the game,” defensive coordinator Pete Rekstis said.

Glanton, who was starting his first career game, anchored a defense that simply didn’t have an answer for quarterback Aaron Murray.

Georgia finished the night with passing plays of 34, 36, 43, 49 and 67 yards. Murray was 14 of 19 for 342 yards and two touchdowns with the one interception.

In total, the Bulldogs amassed 715 yards of total offense, with 385 of them coming via the pass. The total was the most the Owls had ever surrendered in a contest and a school record for Georgia.

Wilbert completed 18 of 33 passes for 183 yards, a touchdown and an interception.

Dukes was the team’s leading receiver hauling in five passes for 98 yards in a breakout performance.

"We pinned a lot of hopes on Dukes making plays this season, but he is still young. As long as he stays healthy, we think he will continue to make plays for us in big-time situations,” head coach Carl Pelini said.

Fortner had 81 yards on 14 carries which was highlighted by his touchdown scamper.

“To be honest I didn't mention the word Georgia until last night. Whether we were 2-0 or 0-2, I am big believer in treating every game the same way. We have to prepare every week like it's the biggest game of the year, otherwise you have peaks and valleys. I think we will get better and I am optimistic that we can continue to improve as we go through the rest of the season.” Pelini said.

Things won’t get easier for the Owls, as they travel to take on #1 Alabama next weekend.

Game Notes:

- Safety Jermey Mcknight had a strong outing, recording two takeaways for the Owls. He recovered Hind’s forced fumble in the first half and intercepted a pass in the end zone halting a Bulldog scoring opportunity.

- FAU managed just one third conversion in the second half. After starting the game 8 of 12 on third down, the offense went just 1 of 7 after halftime.

- The Owls gave up 328 yards on the ground after surrendering 302 yards the week before to Middle Tennessee State.

-Punter Sean Kelley averaged 40 yards a punt, despite a kick that traveled just a total of 4 yards in the fourth quarter. He had a long of 51 yards.

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Dukes reported to be OK in the post game.

Good times…….

Man on a mission this season.
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Look…..715 Yards is completely unacceptable….I don't care if it's Georgia, Alabama, MTSU, or Presbyterian College…You do not give up almost 3/4 of 1000 total yards to ANY program!  It's becoming painfully apparent that Howard and the entire regime let this program decay into oblivion after a slight peak.  There are guys on both sides of the ball who are not talented enough to be playing D-1 football on scholly or walk-in(let the David Kooi example be a microcosm), the only reason they are suiting up is because they are the best of the worst and with out them there would be no football team.  I was glad to see this team fight for a solid first half but the program is in need of a complete gutting of the last regime.  I'm thankful for everything Howard has done for this program and it would not exist without him but like I said complete control and accountability was lost over the past two seasons.  I will still watch and support FAU football and even use the Rec. Center as an Alumni member but we deserve better.  I SUPPORT & BELIEVE IN CARL PELINI!
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Very respectable game. Did we lose and give up a mile and a half of offence,yes, But the team looked different this week. I could see some confidence on offence that I haven't seen in a couple of years. I saw a WR group that ran good routes and dropped very few passes. I saw some good, strong running. I saw an O line , that was out matched, give our QB time to throw and open some holes. I saw a QB ,that I was dreading, play another solid game.And I saw a game plan that could have worked. For the last two years our game plan would have been the same game plan that we  had game after game with no changes. Now the defense. I am not an expert and don't pretend to be, but I have watched football for a lot of years. I feel like our D backs are fine. I watch some young guys get burned deep and short but I don't feel that was the problem. Our LB,s are very average. They look like they will rip your head off on one play and miss the next tackle or fail to drop into coverage on the next. Our big problem is the D line. They are talented, but lack the size and speed and strength needed to run our system. We get very little pass rush from the line and get handled on runs.If I were part of the recruiting team, I would now turn my attention to DEFENSE. Particularly up front.  All good team have a D lines that can disrupt an offence Our's is doing the best they can, but we have to get moving on bringing in more big time D linemen. IMHO.
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They performed far better than I thought they would on offense.  Brian Wright is as advertised and Jared Allen seems to have settled Wilbert down to make better decisions.  Overall, the offense looks much improved IMO.

The defense is a major work in progress…..


I don't know what happened against MTSU but I think that we should be very competitive against SBC teams based on what I saw last night.      We shall see….




FAU Class of '87
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Local said

Very respectable game. Did we lose and give up a mile and a half of offence,yes, But the team looked different this week. I could see some confidence on offence that I haven't seen in a couple of years. I saw a WR group that ran good routes and dropped very few passes. I saw some good, strong running. I saw an O line , that was out matched, give our QB time to throw and open some holes. I saw a QB ,that I was dreading, play another solid game.And I saw a game plan that could have worked. For the last two years our game plan would have been the same game plan that we  had game after game with no changes. Now the defense. I am not an expert and don't pretend to be, but I have watched football for a lot of years. I feel like our D backs are fine. I watch some young guys get burned deep and short but I don't feel that was the problem. Our LB,s are very average. They look like they will rip your head off on one play and miss the next tackle or fail to drop into coverage on the next. Our big problem is the D line. They are talented, but lack the size and speed and strength needed to run our system. We get very little pass rush from the line and get handled on runs.If I were part of the recruiting team, I would now turn my attention to DEFENSE. Particularly up front.  All good team have a D lines that can disrupt an offence Our's is doing the best they can, but we have to get moving on bringing in more big time D linemen. IMHO.

+1, very good post I agree with ya all the way!

What I don't get so far is why we have so many big bodies on the O line (Vile, Chappell, Marsaille, Ragoo) in particular not playing at all. They did not even get onto the field until our last possession. WE HAVE TO SUB MORE on both lines to keep the players fresh ar we will ALWAYS wear down quickly and get blown away.
And in my opinion, use a Ragoo at DT and get a push, and I don't mean only on goalline - which would be great to as we can't stop that at all either (even QB keepers by NOT VERY BIG QB's last night)! Staring Coley at 225 to 240 Lb. DT is sure death in todays game and is VERY UNFAIR to Jimmy Jean and the LB's who then can get doubled EVERY PLAY.
Three games and three different levels of opponents yet the same results show I am right. This scheme and personnel package WILL NEVER .WORK
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GeorgiaOwl said

Local said

Very respectable game. Did we lose and give up a mile and a half of offence,yes, But the team looked different this week. I could see some confidence on offence that I haven't seen in a couple of years. I saw a WR group that ran good routes and dropped very few passes. I saw some good, strong running. I saw an O line , that was out matched, give our QB time to throw and open some holes. I saw a QB ,that I was dreading, play another solid game.And I saw a game plan that could have worked. For the last two years our game plan would have been the same game plan that we  had game after game with no changes. Now the defense. I am not an expert and don't pretend to be, but I have watched football for a lot of years. I feel like our D backs are fine. I watch some young guys get burned deep and short but I don't feel that was the problem. Our LB,s are very average. They look like they will rip your head off on one play and miss the next tackle or fail to drop into coverage on the next. Our big problem is the D line. They are talented, but lack the size and speed and strength needed to run our system. We get very little pass rush from the line and get handled on runs.If I were part of the recruiting team, I would now turn my attention to DEFENSE. Particularly up front.  All good team have a D lines that can disrupt an offence Our's is doing the best they can, but we have to get moving on bringing in more big time D linemen. IMHO.

+1, very good post I agree with ya all the way!

What I don't get so far is why we have so many big bodies on the O line (Vile, Chappell, Marsaille, Ragoo) in particular not playing at all. They did not even get onto the field until our last possession. WE HAVE TO SUB MORE on both lines to keep the players fresh ar we will ALWAYS wear down quickly and get blown away.
And in my opinion, use a Ragoo at DT and get a push, and I don't mean only on goalline - which would be great to as we can't stop that at all either (even QB keepers by NOT VERY BIG QB's last night)! Staring Coley at 225 to 240 Lb. DT is sure death in todays game and is VERY UNFAIR to Jimmy Jean and the LB's who then can get doubled EVERY PLAY.
Three games and three different levels of opponents yet the same results show I am right. This scheme and personnel package WILL NEVER .WORK

I really don't think Vile and Ragoo are eligible this year.
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Why not? And Vile did play late in the 4th qtr. vs. the Dogs!
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They are both eligible...just not playing as much as the other guys.......
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GeorgiaOwl said

Why not? And Vile did play late in the 4th qtr. vs. the Dogs!

Ahh…Very good, I just hadn't noticed them.  It's a little concerning that guys that big couldn't land starting spots.  Makes you wonder about their technique level.  I'm really surprised with Ragoo especially being that he came from Minnesota.
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