Ground Game Powers FAU to First Conference USA Win
Jonathan Wallace (27) and Jaquez Johnson (12) each had more than 100 yards rushing on Saturday night.

Jonathan Wallace (27) and Jaquez Johnson (12) each had more than 100 yards rushing on Saturday night.

Oct. 5, 2013

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Florida Atlantic University's football team earned its first Conference USA victory on Saturday as the Owls topped UAB 37-23 at Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala.

Quarterback Jaquez Johnson and running back Jonathan Wallacebecame the first duo in FAU history to rush for more than 100 yards each in a single game. Wallace's 117 yards led the Owls while Johnson tacked on 105 on the ground. Each player also scored a rushing touchdown on the day.

Johnson also had a stellar day through the air, going 23-of-36 for 299 yards and two touchdowns. The sophomore led FAU to 579 yards of offense, the most in a game since the Owls posted 624 against ULL in 2009. Five of FAU's six scoring drives were for 73 yards or more, including an 80-yarder at the end of the first half. For the first time this season, the Owls scored on their opening possession, an 11-play, 50-yard drive that resulted in a 42-yard field goal by Mitch Anderson. The Owls then pieced together a seven-play, 75-yard drive with the help of a 47-yard, rush by Jay Warren, which is his career high. Johnson carried it in from two yards out for the touchdown, but UAB blocked the extra point to hold the one-point lead.

The Blazers responded once more with a 47-yard drive to increase their lead to four midway through the second quarter.

Johnson again led the Owls 75 yards down the field aided by a critical third-down completion to Jenson Stoshakto break into the UAB red zone. This time it was Wallace who got the call and earned the one-yard touchdown run to put the Owls back on top 16-13.


 

 

FAU would then go on its longest drive of the game, marching 80 yards in four and a half minutes. Johnson passed to Nexon Dorvilusfor a three-yard touchdown with only six seconds left in the half.

UAB opened the second half with an offensive attack, putting together back-to-back scoring drives to tie the game at 23.

The Owls answered with another long drive, aided by Wallace's 53-yard rush to get into the red zone. Warren then punched it in from three yards out to put FAU up 29-23.

With just under five minutes remaining, Johnson broke off a 54-yard run to get down to the UAB five-yard line. After a pair of rushes for no gain, Johnson threw a five-yard touchdown pass to William Dukesto ice the game. The Owls completed the two-point conversion to go up 37-23.

FAU's 37 points was the most in a game since Nov. 10, 2012 against Western Kentucky. The Owls had more than 11 minutes more time of possession than UAB and converted 11 third-down conversions. The two teams were a combined nine-of-eleven in red zone chances and committed only three penalties in the contest.

FAU returns home to host Marshall on October 12 at 5 p.m. at FAU Stadium. The game will air on Fox College Sports and will be carried by ESPN 106.3 and on www.fausports.com. For tickets, call1-866-FAU-Owls.

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