Oct. 22, 2011
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Boca Raton, FL - The Florida Atlantic University football team could not overcome six turnovers in Saturday night's 38-14 loss to Middle Tennessee State University at the FAU Stadium in Boca Raton.
The Owls fall to 0-7 on the season and 0-4 in Sun Belt Conference action. The team will return to the field on Saturday, November 5, against Arkansas State University, beginning at 4 p.m. The visiting Blue Raiders improve to 2-4 on the year and 1-2 in league play.
MTSU jumped out of the gate early scoring 21 first-quarter points to grab momentum of the game. Logan Kilgore hit Malcolm Beyah on a 20-yard pass on the game's first possession with 12:17 left in the first quarter.
The passing game would prove vital in the Blue Raiders' next possession as Kilgore found Shane Blissard in the back of the end zone on a five-yard pass to give MTSU a 14-0 advantage midway through the opening period.
Kilgore would later find Andrew Banks for a 23-yard touchdown pass to close out the first-quarter scoring. The quarterback would complete his first 19 passes of the game and ended with 28 completions in 39 attempts for 218 yards and three touchdowns.
The Owls controlled most of the second quarter, cutting the deficit to 21-7 when redshirt junior quarterback Graham Wilbert found redshirt senior tight end Darian Williams in the back left corner of the end zone on the five-yard reception. The touchdown at 9:57 left in the first half marked the first points for FAU in the new on-campus stadium.
MTSU responded with 10 third-quarter points to regain momentum at 31-14 before redshirt freshman quarterback Stephen Curtis scampered in from the one-yard line with 12:59 left in the game. The first career score for the Sumter, S.C., native made the score 31-14.
Individually, redshirt senior running back Alfred Morris led the FAU's offensive attack with 153 rushing yards on 18 carries. He scampered 48 yards during the team's first-half scoring drive.
Curtis completed four of his five passes for 31 yards. The top wide receiver targets for the night was redshirt junior fullback Xavier Stinson, who had four catches for 20 yards. Freshman wide out Derek Moise and redshirt sophomore wide receiver DeAndre Richardson joined Williams in each having two receptions.
- Wide receiver William Dukes made his first career start
- Running back Alfred Morris rushed for over 100 yards for the second time this season. FAU is 8-3 all-time when Morris crosses the century mark but is 0-2 this season (ULL)
- Quarterback Stephen Curtis had his first career score on a one-yard rush in the fourth quarter.
- Punter Mickey Groody has had a 50-yard punt in 17 of his last 19 games. He had a 51-yard effort in this game.
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