Oct. 13, 2012
MONROE, LA - The Florida Atlantic football team fell to 0-3 in Sun Belt Conference play, losing to the ULM Warhawks Saturday night, 35-14.
The Owls held ULM quarterback Kolton Browning to 19 first-half passing yards on just 3-of-11 passing, and the vaunted Warhawk offense to only two scores before the break. But the home team was able to add a fumble recovery on a botched punt snap in the end zone, and led 21-0 before the Owls were able to dent the scoreboard.
A 13-play, 76-yard second quarter drive gave FAU their first score. Graham Wilbert was 5-of-7 through the air, which included hookups with freshman Jenson Stoshak for the first two pass receptions of his career. A 12-yard completion to tight end Nexon Dorvilus on 3rd down put the ball on the ULM 3, and two plays later, junior Jonathan Wallace hit paydirt for the first time in his FAU career. Mitch Anderson added the extra point to make it 21-7.
ULM wasted no time making it a three-score game, as on the first drive of the second half, Browning completed more passes for more yards than he did the first two quarters combined, and hit tight end Harley Scioneaux for the score.
After the Warhawks added another touchdown in the fourth quarter, Wilbert and the Owls marched down the field to get to the final margin. The senior quarterback was 5-7 on this scoring drive as well, last connecting with Marcus Cunningham for the 15-yard score. Anderson was again true with the PAT to make it 35-14.
Wilbert was 26-for-39 in the game for a career-high 261 yards (eclipsing the 260 he passed for earlier this season vs. Middle Tennessee). Wallace led the team on the ground with 50 rushing yards on 14 carries. William Dukes narrowly missed out on becoming the first Owls' receiver for 100 yards in a game in over two years, finishing with 96 on five receptions, including a season-long 45 yard catch. Stoshak, Dorvilus, Damian Fortner and Daniel McKinney each had four receptions.
The 1-5 Owls are back on the road next weekend, playing first-year SBC member South Alabama in Mobile. Kickoff is 3:30 p.m. est. Follow the game on ESPN760 AM and www.fausports.com.