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Football Falls to Navy 42-19 in Program's Longest Game
Sept. 2, 2017

Final Stats

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- The longest game in Florida Atlantic University football history featured a pair of the lengthiest plays in program history, but Navy came away with a 42-19 victory in a game that ended early Saturday morning at FAU Stadium.

"We have a lot of work to do and it was obvious today," FAU Head Coach Lane Kiffin said. "I think the story of the day is the same thing that we've seen in all of our scrimmages -- that we're not productive on offense. By no means did we play well on defense, but I did think we played well at times on defense. We didn't give up too many big plays. Back to the drawing board - a lot of work to do and continue to try to get these new guys more involved. I said this this week - this game will not define this team because it's such an abnormal game, and I said win or lose."

Quick Hits

• The 28,481 at FAU Stadium went down as the third-largest crowd in stadium history.
Daniel Parr went 19-of-30 for 281 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, including a stretch of 13 completions in 14 attempts for a combined 179 yards. Parr was 7-of-8 for 62 yards on third-down pass attempts.
DeAndre McNeal caught four passes for 88 yards and a score while Willie Wright tallied 92 yards on three receptions and a touchdown.
• Kerrith Whyte led the running back corps with six carries for 36 yards.
Azeez Al-Shaair recorded a team-high 14 tackles while Rashad Smith picked up 10, including a tackle for loss.
• Friday's game broke the record for the longest in FAU history, clocking in at five hours, 44 minutes, breaking the record of 5:09 at FIU in 2014.
Greg Joseph became FAU's all-time leading field goal kicker after going 2-for-2 to move ahead of Mark Myers with 103 career field goals made. Myers' record stood for 13 years before Joseph broke the mark with eight fewer career attempts.
• FAU got on the board at the 4:14 mark of the first quarter when Joseph drilled a 24-yard field goal to cut the Navy lead to 7-3.
• With 7:45 left in the second, Daniel Parr found Willie Wright for a 95-yard touchdown pass to put the Owls on top 10-7. That play marks the longest offensive play in program history and ties Ocie Rose's 95-yard interception return at Marshall in 2015 as the second-longest scoring play in program history.
• After Navy scored 21 unanswered over the remainder of the half and the first drive of the third quarter, Joseph's record-setting field goal came at the 7:25 mark of the third, a 54-yarder. That kick also broke the FAU record for the longest field goal in program history, breaking Mitch Anderson's 53 yarder, fittingly against Navy in 2012.
• A 59-minute weather delay halted play prior to the start of the fourth quarter. When play resumed, Navy's Zach Abey connected with Darryl Bonner for a 39-yard touchdown pass to make it 42-13 Midshipmen.
• Just four plays later, Parr hit DeAndre McNeal for a 62-yard touchdown before the weather rolled in again, causing a one-hour, 43-minute delay.
• After two-point conversion and onside kick attempts failed, the Midshipmen found themselves in the FAU red zone before Chris Tooley picked off an Abey pass at the 15-yard line.
• Navy was able to chew up 11:36 off the clock in the fourth quarter, including the final 6:16 to come away with the 42-19.



Up Next

FAU goes on the road to take on No. 9 Wisconsin on Saturday, Sept. 8 at Noon ET. The contest will be televised on the Big 10 Network and ESPN West Palm 106.3 will have the radio broadcast. FAU's next home game comes on Saturday, Sept. 16 against Bethune-Cookman at 6:30 p.m. For tickets, call 1-866-FAU-OWLS or visit

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