2010 Season Superlatives - Part I
We're taking a look back at Florida Atlanticís 2010 football campaign. In part one we offer our take on the best and worst of the season.
A few things could have been placed here, but the greatest feeling of the season had to have come when almost no one (thanks to a slow video feed) was watching. Winning by one-point on the road, the Owls allowed UAB to drive the field and attempt a last-second field goal that would have won the game; however defender Michael Lockley jumped up and knocked the ball down to preserve the victory. In the minutes following the game there was no where to look but up and the fan base was sent into a frenzy over the season-opening win, crashing the Nestís server in the process.
Others considered: Ringing the Taylor Victory Bell after the Shula Bowl win, stopping Louisianaís two-point conversion, the goal line stand at TexasÖ
It was a difficult season to watch in large part because of many second half collapses, but the one that burned the most came at Arkansas State. The Owls entered the fourth quarter with a lead, and seconds into the final period of play settled for a field goal instead of a touchdown to go up 16-9. After the score, nothing went good for FAU. The Red Wolves scored four straight touchdowns and went on to win the game 37-16, giving the Owls there fifth straight loss of the season.
Others considered: Troyís 20-0 lead at the end of the first quarter, Rob Houslerís dropped pass on the final drive of the North Texas loss, FAUís decision to kick a field goal during the Michigan State game, Jeff Van Campís interception returned for a score at TexasÖ
Almost every single one of Lester Jeanís touchdown grabs could have taken this category, but the finest six points of the season came from running back Willie Floyd in the Shula Bowl. FAU held a five-point lead in the fourth quarter and needed a big play to seal the deal over rival FIU, and thatís when the coaching staff went old school. The Owls lined up in the traditional wishbone formation and put the ball in the hands of Floyd who raced 65-yards for a score, securing the win.
Others considered: Jeanís one-handed catch at UAB, Jeanís 80-yard catch and run against Arkansas State, Jeanís 62-yard nab at Western Kentucky, Houslerís 56-yard score in his native state of Texas, Xavier Stinsonís 2-yard snatch on the goal line verse Michigan StateÖ
Worst (Opponentís) Touchdown
There were over forty different touchdowns scored against the FAU this year, but the one that still sticks out the most came early in the season against Michigan State. Spartan running back LeíVeon Bell took a handoff and bounced it outside, pushing linebacker Michael Lockley to the ground with a stiff arm en route to a nine-yard touchdown run. The score was highlighted through the remainder of the ESPN broadcast, and it showed Lockley taking an arm to the face and falling to the turf.
Others considered: Texasís Hail Mary pass before halftime, MSUí 80-yard touchdown run, B.J. Danielís 38-yard flea-flicker pass, ULMís Jyruss Edwards' fourth quarter five-yard runÖ
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