Oct. 16, 2004
GREELEY, Colo. (AP) - Jared Allen threw for a touchdown and ran for a second as Florida Atlantic remained unbeaten with a 39-24 victory over slumping Northern Colorado on Saturday.
Allen was 16-for-26, passing for 255 yards for Florida Atlantic (5-0). Damon Parker ran for 82 yards and a touchdown, and the Owls' special teams blocked a field goal and a punt.
Vincent Jackson caught 10 passes for 228 yards and two touchdowns for Northern Colorado (1-6). The Bears, which suffered their sixth consecutive loss, are off to their worst start since 1987 when they began 1-7.
Florida Atlantic scored on its first three possessions, driving 55 yards on the opening drive to setup Mark Myers' 42-yard field goal.
On their second possession, the Owls went 68 yards, mixing runs and passes. Parker ran six yards off a right tackle for a touchdown with 5:40 left in the first quarter after running 29 yards to the 6.
Myers kicked a 46-yard field goal after Knyumbo Mutowski blocked Chad Harter's punt. Florida Atlantic led 13-0 after one quarter.
The Owls added a safety when the ball was snapped over Harter's head and through the end zone on the first play of the second quarter.
The safety woke up the Northern Colorado offense. Tony Christensen threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Vincent Jackson with 6:48 left in the first half.
Willie Hughley kept Northern Colorado from getting any closer in the first half when he blocked a 46-yard field goal attempt by Justin Zaitz with 1:38 left in the half. Myers countered with a 29-yard field goal with 10 seconds left as Allen completed 3-of-5 passes.
Florida Atlantic took an 18-7 lead into halftime.
The Owls converted an interception by Cameron Rodgers into a 9-yard touchdown run by Allen early in the third quarter.
Justin Zaitz had a 21-yard field goal with 6:18 left in the third quarter for Northern Colorado, but Allen answered with an 80-yard touchdown pass to Roosevelt Bynes
Christensen snuck it over from the 1 on the second play of the fourth quarter.