Oct. 23, 2004
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - Mason Denham ran 67 yards for a touchdown and Steven Jyles passed for another Saturday, helping Louisiana-Monroe beat Florida Atlantic 17-13 and snap the Owls' season-opening five-game winning streak.
Louisiana-Monroe safety Chris Harris had three interceptions in the game, including ones that stopped Florida Atlantic's final two drives. One of his interceptions was on a pass into the end zone.
Jyles threw for 202 yards for Louisiana-Monroe (3-4, 2-1 Sun Belt). Denham had 110 rushing yards for the winners, who finished with 339 yards of total offense.
Doug Parker rushed 24 times for a game-best 121 yards for Florida Atlantic (5-1), which played its home opener. The Owls' first scheduled home game was postponed because of Hurricane Jeanne last month.
Jared Allen completed 18 of 34 passes for 260 yards, but the three interceptions to Harris were costly.
Kevin Payne caught a 16-yard touchdown pass from Jyles with 5:51 left in the first quarter to open the scoring, and Denham's big run with 9:54 left in the half gave Louisiana-Monroe a 14-0 lead.
Parker scored on a 1-yard run with 6:31 left in the half to get Florida Atlantic on the scoreboard. The Owls - who lost for just the second time in 17 games - got within 17-13 on Mark Myers' 21-yard field goal with 11:39 left, but couldn't score again.
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