Slow Out The Gates
This year FAU has been outscored 90-47 in the first quarter. Twice, they have failed to score points in the opening quarter. FAU has only scored over seven once; 17 points versus Tulsa in what turned into a 50-21 win.
At home the Owls have been able to bounce back and overcome large deficits but the 21 point hole proved to be too much.
Against UAB the Owls ran 15 plays for 14 yards resulting in one first down in the first quarter. They punted four times. The second quarter was not much better as FAU gained 32 yards to bring the first half output to 46 total offensive yards.
“Their defense made it very tough for us in the first half,” said head coach Charlie Partridge. “They played a lot of man coverage and had hands on our receivers. Made throws very challenging for Quez.”
The Owls have a great opportunity to reverse this trend next week against North Texas. The Mean Green have been outscored 69-38 in the first quarter this year and have been held scoreless five times.
Win or Stay Home
With a 3-6 record FAU has no room for error if they want to go bowling this year. In order to do so they must record their first road win and their first winning streak of the year. Fortunately, the core of the team has been in this position before.
Last year the Owls reeled off four straight wins to finish the season at 6-6. This year the Owls need just three wins. However, unlike last year’s four game winning streak in which three of the four were at home, this year two of the three will be on the road.
“Last year we were in the same position,” said Jaquez Johnson. “Its not unattainable, but at the same time you have to work for it. Its not going to fall in your lap.”
The Owls may have caught a break from some other Owls yesterday. East Carolina’s 20-10 loss to Temple has now opened the door for Marshall to be the top ranked non-power conference school in the upcoming College Football Playoffs rankings which would give them a New Year’s Day bowl game and free up a bowl tie-in for a Conference USA team.
Although bowl eligible last year, the Owls missed a bowl game.
- FAU's six game home winning streak is now snapped
- FAU's three game winning streak against UAB is now snapped
- FAU was 4-12 on third down conversions. At halftime they were 0-7
- FAU's 21 points in the 4th quarter were the most they've scored in a quarter all year.
- Four different receivers caught a pass. Each caught at least two. Lucky led the group with eight receptions for 83 yards.
- Tony Moore led the team in carries, rushing the ball 10 times for 45 yards.