BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Sophomore Devin Singletary tied a Florida Atlantic University record with four rushing touchdowns in FAU's 38-20 win in its Conference USA opener against Middle Tennessee on Saturday. Singletary moves into a tie for third all-time in career rushing touchdowns with 21.
"This game was played really well by our players," FAU Head Coach Lane Kiffin said. "I thought our coaches did a really good job today (and) our players did a good job today. We corrected some issues, won the turnover battle, three to nothing ... for our guys to do that, (it) obviously changes the game. As a coach, all you want is what you're practicing, what you're planning and what you're talking about happen, and it happened today. We're very pleased, we've got a long way to go today obviously, but that's a big win, a really big win. I'm glad for our players."
- The Owls (2-3, 1-0 C-USA) racked up 252 rushing yards, paced by Singletary's 133, while Greg Howell tallied 88 yards on the ground
- Jason Driskel went 22 of 29 through the air with 187 yards and a touchdown, leading FAU to a turnover-free outing
- Harrison Bryant had a breakout game to lead the receiving corps with a career-high 93 yards and a touchdown
- Defensively, FAU recorded three interceptions and three tackles for loss with Hunter Snyder picking up 1.5 sacks
- FAU was a perfect 6-of-6 in the red zone with five touchdowns and a 22-yard Greg Joseph field goal
- The Owls took the opening possession 75 yards on seven plays, with Singletary running it in from 19 yards out for FAU's fastest opening score of the season
- After the Blue Raiders (2-3, 0-1 C-USA) were held to a field goal on their first drive, the Owls crafted a 10-play, 57-yard drive with Singletary again scoring from 13 yards on a carry to extend the lead to 14-3
- The Owls again held MT to a field goal as the teams traded scores, making it a 14-6 game at the end of a first quarter that saw 10 FAU first downs
- FAU marched 75 yards in 3:08 on the next drive, featuring a one-yard touchdown run by Singletary for his second consecutive three-score game
- The Blue Raiders missed a field goal on the next possession, giving the Owls the ball at their own 20. Driskel hit Bryant again for 20- and 18-yard gains on the drive before Joseph made his 47th career field goal to make it 24-6 Owls
- FAU kept MT off the board for the remainder of the half as Jalen Young and Shelton Lewis intercepted passes on each of the following two drives
- The Blue Raiders took the second-half opening possession 12 plays and 75 yards before John Urzua found Ty Lee for a 26-yard touchdown connection to cut the FAU advantage to 24-13
- On the first play of the fourth quarter, Singletary joined Alfred Morris (2011) and Doug Parker (2001) in the record books with his fourth rushing touchdown of the game, a two-yard carry that capped off a 15-play, 89-yard drive to put FAU up 31-13
- MT responded with an 87-yard drive featuring a four-yard touchdown pass from Urzua to Jocquez Bruce with 11:13 remaining
- After Raekwon Williams picked off Urzua for the third turnover of the night, Driskel and Howell drove the Owls downfield before Driskel connected with Bryant for a dagger four-yard touchdown pass to put the Owls up by the final 38-20 with five minutes to play
- The Blue Raiders got into FAU territory, but the Owl defense held strong to force a turnover on downs with 1:20 on the clock to seal the C-USA victory
FAU goes on the road to take on Old Dominion in Norfolk, Virginia, Saturday, Oct. 7 at 6 p.m. The game will be broadcasted on Stadium, and WTCN in the Boca Raton area, while ESPN West Palm 106.3 will have the radio call.