GAME CAPSULE: Fordham @ FAU Football - September 18, 2021
The Matchup: Fordham (0-2) @ Florida Atlantic (1-1)
When: Saturday, September 18th, 6:00 PM
Where: Howard Schnellenberger Field at FAU Stadium
Weather: Current conditions in Boca Raton, FL
The Series: FAU and Fordham have never played each other. This will be Florida Atlantic's first meeting with the Rams in program history.
Fordham Team Site: Here
Key Stats Comparison:
FAU's offense is finally alive after putting up a whopping 528 yards of offense against Georgia Southern. N'Kosi Perry accounted for 332 of those yards, adding four touchdowns in the 38-6 win against the Eagles. His chemistry with LaJohntay Wester will be something to watch in this upcoming game, as the duo hooked up for a touchdown and 124 yards on seven receptions.
The run defense of Florida Atlantic is also something that improved over the past week, giving up only 139 to a high-powered rushing offense like GSU's after allowing 400 to UF the week before. Akileis Leroy's fumble in the second quarter was a huge part in flipping the momentum FAU's way and silencing the Eagles' offense in the second half.
One thing that FAU fans need to watch for an improvement in is the offensive line, as the Owls gave up 11 sacks in the past two weeks. After letting Perry get sacked six times in Gainesville, he was brought down in the backfield another five times in the team's home opener. Coach Taggart must stress pass blocking this week to protect their star quarterback.
Fordham is coming off of a 26-23 loss to Monmouth, starting the season 0-2. Previously, the Rams were blown out by the Nebraska Cornhuskers, losing 52-7 in the opening week of the season. Despite the slow start, Fordham does have some offensive playmakers who shouldn't be taken lightly.
Tim DeMorat had an incredible game against Monmouth, throwing for 352 yards and three touchdowns on 55% passing. He hooked up with Dequece Carter for 97 yards and two touchdowns on five receptions during the game, making for a deadly duo. The Fordham offense had five different receivers with over 50 receiving yards, giving DeMorat a steady group of weapons to work with against the Owls.
Radio: 640 The Hurricane
Opening Line: FAU - 38
#FAU Head Coach @CoachTaggart on @ChaseLasater's first game back.
"Chase came back and did what we asked him to do. Was Chase at his best? No, he wasn't. It's important that he continues to work to get better and I think he will be back in football shape." pic.twitter.com/FMqUsmsUec— FAU Owl's Nest (@FAU_Owls_Nest) September 13, 2021
"We have confidence in him and I challenged him in the hotel on Saturday to go out and have a great game, and sure enough, he did."#FAU Head Coach @CoachTaggart KNEW @la_wester had it in him, and he supplied with 124 yards and a touchdown on Saturday, pic.twitter.com/9XBrSo4f3n— FAU Owl's Nest (@FAU_Owls_Nest) September 13, 2021
#FAU HC @CoachTaggart on RB @_jdf1 being the Owls' lead running back.— FAU Owl's Nest (@FAU_Owls_Nest) September 16, 2021
"He just makes plays, he's a good football player. You see him at practice and he makes some guys miss."
📸: @ColbyDGuy pic.twitter.com/jfDwkjxxqy
#FAU HC @CoachTaggart on avoiding an FCS-FBS upset.— FAU Owl's Nest (@FAU_Owls_Nest) September 16, 2021
"We are focused on Fordham, everything is about Fordham. We have to have an attitude and a culture that is a certain standard of play. It doesn't matter, it's a nameless opponent that we're going to against." pic.twitter.com/7gSUkkCHHM
IT'S #FAU #GameDay for @FAUFootball who will be GOING FOR 🔟! The Owls look to reach the DOUBLE DIGIT STRAIGHT WIN Mark Tonight @Schnellenberger Field vs @FordhamFootball. #BeThere. Be Loud. Be Proud. #GoOwls! 🌴🦉🏈🦉🌴 pic.twitter.com/XALpTiWa3W— FAU Owl's Nest (@FAU_Owls_Nest) September 18, 2021
We don't know what Fordham will wear, but they rocked maroon helmet and pants with their road white jersey at Nebraska.
JUST IN: The #FAU uniform is announced! Owls will rock red jerseys for the third straight week, but will mix in the white helmet and pants. We call this the candy cane look! ⚪️🔴⚪️— FAU Owl's Nest (@FAU_Owls_Nest) September 18, 2021
What do you all think of today's set? #GoOwls 👌
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