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Florida Atlantic Drops Debut, 40-7

Sept 1, 2001


MIAMI (AP) - Florida Atlantic waited three years to play its first game. It will have to wait a bit longer for its first victory.

The Owls lost 40-7 to Slippery Rock in their first football game in front of an announced crowd of 25,632 at Pro Player Stadium Saturday afternoon.

"It was an awesome day," said FAU quarterback Jared Allen, who split time with Garrett Jahn. "It finally came. I just wish we could have played better. We know we're going to be good in the future."

Florida Atlantic scored its only points with 3:37 remaining in the third quarter when Todd Poitier blocked a punt by Mike Halberg and recovered the ball in Slippery Rock's end zone. Mark Myers added the extra point.

The Owls are coached by former University of Miami coach Howard Schnellenberger, who led the Hurricanes to the national championship before leaving to rebuild the program at Louisville. He also was an assistant on Don Shula's staff when the Miami Dolphins went undefeated in 1972, and later had a short stint as head coach of the Baltimore Colts.

It was Schnellenberger's first game on the sidelines since the final game of a tumultuous 1995 season at Oklahoma.



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