Sept. 22, 2012
TUSCALOOSA, AL – No. 1 Alabama lived up to their ranking, defeating the Florida Atlantic Owls Saturday night, 40-7.
The Crimson Tide scored on an 85-yard pass on the third play of the game and never looked back. The FAU defense did hold them to only 10 second half points, and only 150 total yards.
The Owls put together a 15-play, 75-yard scoring drive late in the fourth quarter. Twice, they went for it and converted on 4th down, and Graham Wilbert found tight end Alex Deleon open in the right corner of the end zone with a nice fade pass for the score. Mitch Anderson added the extra point.
On the drive, running back Jonathan Wallace had 34 yards, and the longest FAU gain of the day, a 20-yard run. Deleon also hauled a 10-yard catch from Wilbert on 4th-and-3 to extend the drive. Wallace and Deleon were the team leaders in rushing and receiving yards with 47 and 24, respectively.
The Owls also had two players in double digits in tackles: Adarius Glanton with 11 and Brent Harstad with 10. Each had one tackle for loss, with Harstad notching one of the team’s two sacks (the other coming from defensive tackle Jimmy Jean). Sharrod Neasman forced a fumble on an Alabama punt return, recovered by long snapper Tim Raber.
FAU freshman punter Sean Kelly was extremely impressive, with four of his eight punts going over 50 yards, and two going inside the Crimson Tide’s 20-yard line. He averaged 49.4 yards per kick on the night.
The Owls (1-3) return home for their first game in Boca Raton in nearly a month when they host Sun Belt Conference foe North Texas on Saturday, September 29, a 5 p.m. kickoff. As always, live audio and live statistics can be found at www.fausports.com.