BOCA RATON, Fla. – Behind program highs of 69 points and 804 yards of offense, the Florida Atlantic University football team beat North Texas 69-31, moving to 3-0 in Conference USA play.
“I’m very proud of our players,” FAU Head Coach Lane Kiffin said. “I think there was some obstacles in this game as far as handling success, being 2-0 in conference. We’ve probably played our best two games especially our best game the last time we played. Again, this really goes to our players. That’s a really good team that we played, who beat a really good team last week in UTSA. They have one of the most explosive passing game down the field in the country. Our players really came together in the bye week as a group and executed really well. They played smart. We have a long ways to go. We’re just getting started. We need to keep improving as a team. Hopefully we’re hitting our stride during that part of the year where a lot of new guys who struggled early will be better compared to early."
- FAU’s 804 yards of offense shattered the program mark of 657 at Rice in 2016 and broke the C-USA record of 791 set by Tulsa against UTEP in 2008
- The Owls scored on their first 11 drives en route to the 804 yards, which also the most by an FBS team in a game against an FBS opponent in 2017
- The Owls’ 69 points broke the mark of 58 set just two weeks ago against Old Dominion, and is the fifth most by an FBS team this season
- FAU’s 925 all-purpose yards also set a new program mark, beating the 880 at Middle Tennessee in 2016
- The Owls broke records for most yards per completion with 14.9 and most yards per rush at 9.3, while tying the program record for yards per play at 9.7
- Kicker Greg Joseph scored 15 points – two field goals and nine PATs – to break his own record of 14 points scored kicking at Tulsa in 2015
- Devin Singletary scored three rushing touchdowns to bring his season total to 14, surpassing Greg Howell’s 2016 single-season record of 13. The sophomore also now has 26 career rushing touchdowns, just one shy of Alfred Morris’s career record set over his four-year tenure at FAU
- Singletary carried 17 times for 123 yards, leading the FAU corps that rushed for 447 yards, just six shy of the all-time record
- Jason Driskel was 24-of-35 for 357 yards and two touchdowns, and rushed four times for 68 yards and a score. Driskel passed for 166 yards in the first quarter and 237 yards in the first half
- Willie Wright led the receivers with eight catches for 141 yards and a score while Harrison Bryant had seven receptions for 69 yards and a touchdown
- FAU marched 75 yards in just 3:07 on the opening drive as Singletary capped it off with a two-yard touchdown run to open the scoring
- After Ernest Bagner recovered a North Texas fumble, Driskel led the Owls 50 yards with Singletary earning a three-yard score, putting FAU up 14-0 just 8:19 into the contest
- Chris Tooley intercepted a Mean Green pass on the next possession, setting up a 45-yard drive for FAU that ended in a 44-yard Greg Joseph field goal
- After forcing NT to punt on its next drive, Driskel hit Wright for a 69-yard touchdown connection to put the Owls up 24-0 at the end of the first quarter
- The Mean Green went 75 yards on the ensuing drive to get on the board on a nine-yard touchdown pass
- FAU then went on a blistering 12-play, 85-yard drive in just 4:22 where Driskel scored on a rush on fourth-and-goal to put the lead at 31-7 Owls
- Shelton Lewis picked off North Texas on its next possession, setting up FAU for a 38-yard drive, culminating in a 22-yard touchdown run by Singletary to put FAU up 38-7 at the half
- NT kicked a 44-yard field goal on the opening drive of the second half, but the Owls responded again with a 71-yard drive in just 2:05. Driskel found Bryant for a five-yard score to make it 48-10 FAU
- The Mean Green went 75 yards on seven plays on its next drive with a six-yard rushing score by Jeffery Wilson to cut into the advantage
- Again the Owls sped down field with an 8-play, 85-yard drive in 3:17 as Greg Howell ran it in from two yards out
- After forcing an NT punt, the Owls took over on their own 18 with 1:35 left in the third quarter. On the third play of the drive, Kerrith Whyte busted an 82-yard rushing touchdown, marking the longest rush in program history, to also push FAU over the all-time scoring mark with 62 points
- On its first possession of the fourth quarter, FAU put John Franklin III in at quarterback, where he broke off a 55-yard rushing touchdown on the second play to cap the scoring for the Owls at 69
- NT would go on to score touchdowns on its next two possessions before the Owls ran the clock out for the victory.
FAU goes on the road to take on WKU in Bowling Green, Ky. Saturday, Oct. 28 at 4:30 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast by Stadium and on WTCN locally while ESPN West Palm 106.3 will have the radio call.