Oct. 20, 2012
MOBILE, AL – The Florida Atlantic football team fell in double overtime to the University of South Alabama Saturday, 37-34.
The Owls led all game, and were up 14 with 14:51 remaining after Graham Wilbert found Nexon Dorvilus in the end zone. But USA came back with one score at the 5:45 mark, and tied it with another with 1:09 to go. The last FAU drive ended on a blocked field goal to send it to overtime.
The teams exchanged field goals in the first overtime, with USA scoring first. Michel Chapuseaux was good from 37, as was FAU’s Mitch Anderson. But in the second overtime, Anderson’s kick was blocked for the third time in the game, and Chapuseaux gave USA the win with a 35-yarder that split the uprights.
Four Owls set career highs in the game: Wilbert with 303 passing yards (the first FAU quarterback to reach that mark since Jeff Van Camp threw for 302 against Troy on December 4, 2010), Jonathan Wallace with 101 rushing yards, William Dukes with 119 receiving yards (the team’s first 100 yard receiver since Avery Holley in that same Troy game above), and safety Brent Harstad with 15 tackles, the most by an Owl this season.
Wallace got the Owls on the scoreboard first with a 1-yard plunge in the first quarter. After USA tied it, FAU went back up on a 14-yard Martese Jackson run late in the quarter.
Anderson gave the team a 17-14 lead at the half with a 23-yard field goal as time expired. The Owls then went up 10 on the first drive of the second half, with Wilbert finding Dukes for 50 yards, the team’s longest offensive play of the year.
After a Chapuseaux field goal cut it to seven, Dorvilus’ touchdown early in the fourth gave the Owls a two-touchdown lead and set it up for the Jaguars’ comeback.
The Owls fall to 1-6 and 0-4 in the Sun Belt. The win was South Alabama’s first conference victory. They’re now 2-5 this season, 1-2 in the SBC.
FAU returns home next Saturday, October 27, when they host Troy at 5 p.m.
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