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Football Shows Fight in Battle with No. 9 Wisconsin
Sept. 9, 2017

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MADISON, Wis. – The Florida Atlantic University football team hung tight with No. 9 Wisconsin on the road Saturday afternoon, with the Badgers taking a hard-fought 31-14 victory at Camp Randall Stadium. 


“(It was) a disappointing outcome of the game,” said Head Coach Lane Kiffin. “We got off to a slow start, and we expected to come up here and win the game. Versus a top-10 team, a very well-coached team like this with a lot of great players, if you go down 14-0, it's going to be tough ... That put us in a hole, and from there on, it's 17-14 the rest of the game. We can't put ourselves in those situations, especially on the road versus a great team like this.” 

Quick Hits

  • Wisconsin (2-0) scored on long runs on both their second and third drives to open up an early 14-0 lead over the Owls (0-2)
  • The deficit was cut in half as Daniel Parr found a wide-open DeAndre McNeal for 63 yards and a score with 3:09 to go in the 1st quarter
  • That was McNeal’s longest reception of his short FAU career, one yard more than his 62-yarder for a touchdown against Navy last week
  • With the point after, Greg Joseph broke a tie with Mark Myers to become the program’s all-time leader with 103
  • UW responded with a drive to the doorstep, but were denied on three straight runs from the 1-yard line, with Hosea Barnwell, V and Andrew Soroh credited with the fourth-down stop
  • The Badgers scored on their next possession, a four-play drive, culminating with a 12-yard touchdown pass for a 21-7 lead (at the 9:05 mark of the 2nd)
  • McNeal got to the cusp of 100 yards with a 35-yard reception from Parr midway through the 2nd, and later broke the century mark with a five-yard catch in the 4th
  • Defensive end Leighton McCarthy notched the first interception of his career and his return of 15 yards put the ball on the Wisconsin 27 to set up the Owls’ next score
  • Parr found tight end Harrison Bryant for a 14-yard completion down to the 1, and “Motor” Devin Singletary punched it in to make it a seven-point deficit again, 21-14, at the 4:29 mark of the 2nd
  • That marked the first score on the ground for the Owls in 2017, and the 13th of Singletary’s young career
  • UW drove into the red zone in the waning seconds of the first half, and had seven plays within the FAU 20, but were held to just a 20-yard field goal by the Owls’ defense. That made it 24-14 Badgers at the break
  • FAU forced their second turnover of the game early in the 3rd, as Shelton Lewis stripped the UW ballcarrier, and Raekwon Williams fell on the loose ball. For Lewis, it was the first forced fumble of his career; for Williams his first career fumble recovery
  • The Badgers put in the only score of the 3rd quarter, at the end of an extended 11-play drive with 1:12 left in the period, pushing their advantage to 31-14
  • That would be the last score of the game as UW had two long drives late to drain the clock
  • Parr took every snap under center for the Owls, throwing for 142 yards and the score to McNeal
  • McNeal would end up with 103 receiving yards on three catches, tying for the team lead in the latter category with Henry Bussey III
  • Singletary led the team in rushing with 68 yards
  • Three different Owls’ running backs had carries of 10 yards or more – Singletary had a 26-yard run, “Buddy’ Gregory Howell, Jr. had a rush of 20, and Kerrith Whyte, Jr. had one for 11
  • Jalen Young paced the Owls with 14 tackles, Azeez Al-Shaair was in double digits for the second straight game with 10, and Lewis added a career-high seven to go along with the FF
  • Punter Ryan Rickel boomed two kicks 50 yards or more, with a long of 53, and averaged 40.2 yards per punt on the day 

Up Next

The Owls are scheduled to return home to FAU Football Stadium to take on Bethune-Cookman next Saturday, Sept. 16. Kickoff is at 6:30 p.m., and the game will be broadcasted on beIN Sports. 



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