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Football, Singletary Run over WKU for Fourth Straight Win, 42-28
Oct. 28, 2017

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - Sophomore running back "Motor" Devin Singletary rushed for 244 yards and four touchdowns and the Florida Atlantic University football team won their fourth straight game to move to 4-0 in Conference USA play, defeating WKU on the road Saturday night to stand as the only undefeated team remaining in the league, 42-28.

Quotable

"Fortunately, the guys got it together," said Head Coach Lane Kiffin. "In the fourth quarter, it was 22-0 ... Anytime you come into the two-time defending champions' place, that beat you 52-3 last year, just coming out with a win period would be good, but that the way that we played in the fourth quarter, I'm really proud of them."

Quick Hits

  • After the teams traded empty first possessions, WKU (5-3, 3-2 C-USA) scored first, on a 6-yard touchdown pass with 10:09 left in the 1st. FAU (5-3, 4-0 C-USA) had back-to-back stops for loss leading up to the score, on a stuff by Kevin McCrary, and a combined tackle from Herb Miller and Andrew Soroh
  • The Owls' offense responded by driving into the red zone and getting a 29-yard field goal from Greg Joseph, and two WKU plays later, junior defensive back Andrew Soroh came up with his first interception of 2017 to flip the field
  • After another drive stall, the Owls punted, but it touched a Hilltopper and was recovered by FAU on the WKU 8
  • Three plays later, Singletary took it in from 12 yards out to give the Owls their first lead, 10-3, at the 3:18 mark of the opening quarter
  • The Owls ended the first frame with back-to-back 1st down rushes, 14 yards by "Buddy" Gregory Howell, Jr., and 16 on a Willie Wright reverse
  • Soroh came up with his second takeaway, early in the 2nd, falling on a Hilltopper fumble forced by Jalen Young and starting the Owls' drive on the WKU 18
  • With another short field, it took FAU just five plays to score, with Singletary going into the end zone for the second time to make it 17-7 at 11:12. That marked rushing touchdown No. 28 in the brief two-year career for the sophomore, breaking Alfred Morris' FAU career record total
  • WKU cut the Owls' lead down to three, 17-14, midway through the 2nd on a rushing score
  • With 4:36 left before the break, Joseph made good again, this time from 48 yards even against a heavy wind, making the FAU advantage 20-14
  • The Hilltoppers took the lead into the break, scoring on a 12-yard touchdown pass with just 51 seconds remaining on the first half clock
  • In the 3rd quarter, WKU drove down to the 3-yard line, but on 3rd down, Jeremiah Taleni and Hunter Snyder combined on a three-yard loss. On the ensuing field goal opportunity, Shelton Lewis rushed off the edge and blocked the attempt to keep it a one-point game
  • The Hilltoppers did extend the advantage to eight late in the 3rd. A 1-yard touchdown run and extra point pushed it to 28-20 at 1:18
  • Singletary reached the century mark for the sixth straight game, and 11th time in his career, right before the game flipped to the 4th
  • After a 13-yard sack by Snyder, Herb Miller notched the Owl defense's fourth turnover on the very next play, an interception with 12:35 left. It was a +3 turnover margin for FAU on the night
  • The Owls knotted it up only three plays later. Singletary rumbled for a 60-yard score - his longest run this season and second longest of his career (just less than a 66-yarder last year) - and Jason Driskel found a leaping Kalib Woods for the two-point conversion, evening the game at 28-28 with 11:22 to go
  • Additionally, that put Singletary at 171 rushing yards for the game and 2,001 yards for his career
  • A three-and-out gave the ball right back to the Owls' offense. Singletary went for 16 yards on the first carry, and two rushes later, over 1,000 for the season
  • Then Driskel went deep and found a wide-open Willie Wright for 49 yards on the fly to push the Owls ahead 35-28 with 9:11 remaining
  • The FAU defense again limited WKU to just three plays, and Singletary rushed for 21 on 1st down to go over 200 in the game (and for the third time in his career)
  • On 4th-and-11, punter Ryan Rickel converted a fake beautifully, tucking it and running for 22 yards along the sideline to extend the Owls' drive
  • Five Singletary rushes later, the last a 5-yard touchdown, was his fourth of the game and gave the squad a 14-point lead at 5:21, 42-28
  • That matched the game record he set earlier this year against Middle Tennessee (and matched by Driskel the following game against Old Dominion)
  • Leighton McCarthy snuffed out any hint of a WKU comeback with a 4th down sack of Mike White with 1:50 left to give the Owls the ball back
  • The last play of the game was a 20-yard rush up the middle by Howell, for a final total of 368 on the ground for the Owls (the third straight game, and the fourth time this year, that the team has surpassed 350)
  • Singletary's 244 yards is his new season high and second most in his career (257 at Rice last year). He has 1,053 yards this season and 18 rushing touchdowns, and for his career, 2,074 yards and 30 scores
  • Wright led the receiving corps with four catches for 63 yards, and added 39 more on the ground for 102 all-purpose yards
  • Azeez Al-Shaair led the defense with 14 tackles, and Lewis and Miller had seven apiece 

Up Next

FAU heads back to Boca Raton and will host Marshall next for a Friday night matchup. The Owls and Thundering Herd, who fell to FIU on Saturday 41-30, kick off at 6 p.m. this Friday, Nov. 3, at FAU Stadium.


 

 

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