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Football Reaches Bowl Eligibility and Stays Undefeated in C-USA
Nov. 3, 2017

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BOCA RATON, Fla. -- The Florida Atlantic University football team won their fifth straight game and reached bowl eligibility for the first time since 2013, improving to 6-3, and 5-0 in Conference USA play, with a 30-25 win over Marshall on Friday night. "Motor" Devin Singletary gained 275 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns in the win, and Jalen Young hauled in three of the team's four interceptions on the night. 

Quotable

"Obviously an exciting time for these players, for our university (and) for all of our former players," said Head Coach Lane Kiffin. "Anytime you do something that hasn't been done before, as far as beating Marshall for the first time ever, it's exciting. This really is about these players, and it's just been really exciting for me to just work for them, to try to find the best plays, find the best motivation, practice plans, so that they can win, because from the day we got here, the guys have done everything we've asked (and) they've worked really hard. Credit to Coach (Charlie) Partridge for getting some really good kids here, and it's really neat to see." 

Quick Hits

  • The Owls (6-3, 5-0 Conference USA) chose to receive and marched 74 yards in 16 plays for the game's first score. Thirteen of the plays were on the ground, including a 2-yard score by Jason Driskel to cap the drive for a 7-0 lead
  • On defense for the first time, and on three straight plays, FAU came up with two stops and a turnover: Herb Miller in the open field to hold the Marshall (6-3, 3-2 C-USA) back to a 1-yard gain, Leighton McCarthy in the backfield for a 2-yard loss, and Young coming up with his with his first interception of the night. The junior safety then recorded the longest FAU interception return so far this season, of 38 yards, to give the offense the ball back on the Marshall 19
  • The very first play saw Willie Wright take the toss and cross into the end zone for his first collegiate rushing touchdown. The extra point attempt pinged off the upright, but FAU had a 13-0 lead
  • Marshall drove into the red zone as the game moved into the 2nd quarter, but a 31-yard field goal attempt missed wide left to keep them off the board
  • A play after Shelton Lewis broke up a possible touchdown, the Thundering Herd got on the board on their next drive, this time making good on the field goal and cutting the Owls' lead to 13-3 with 7:09 left in the 2nd
  • Then, late in the half, Lewis picked off a deep Marshall pass, his fourth of the year (with all coming against C-USA opponents)
  • FAU took over with 1:28 on the clock, and the drive looked as if it may stagnate, but on 3rd and 8, Singletary had other ideas, going 66 yards to tie his career long, down to the Marshall 10
  • That marked Singletary's seventh straight 100-yard rushing game, and 11th of his career
  • Four plays later, and with eight seconds left, Greg Joseph tacked on a field goal from 31 yards out to give the Owls a 16-3 lead heading into the locker room
  • On the first series of the second half, Marshall connected on a 59-yard pass to move down to the Owls' 5, and two plays later, scored their first touchdown of the night to make it 16-10 at the 12:10 mark
  • The Thundering Herd then employed a successful onside kick, with their kicker Kaare Vedvik recovering it himself, on the MU 46
  • A 9-play drive put Marshall into the end zone again, but the extra point missed for a 16-16 tie at 7:27 in the 3rd
  • Pinned back at their 6, FAU went three plays in just 52 seconds to regain the lead at 23-16: Driskel to Wright for 10 yards, Driskel on a 24-yard pass to Harrison Bryant after a double reverse, and Kamrin Solomon completing a 60-yard pass to a completely uncovered Singletary for the score
  • Early in the 4th quarter, Singletary passed Alfred Morris' 2011 season total of 1,186 yards for second all-time, at that point going to 1,205 (and ending the night at 1,256). Morris holds the individual season record with 1,392 in 2009
  • Young snagged his second interception of the game, setting up Singletary's first rushing touchdown of the night, a 13-yard score for a 14-point lead with 10:37 left
  • Marshall put together a 14-play drive, scoring on 4th-and-10 from the 15-yard line, cutting the deficit to 30-23 with 5:16 left
  • Singletary kept piling on the yardage, going 17 yards on the first play of the ensuing drive to go over 200 for the second straight game (and fourth time in his career)
  • On a last-gasp effort, Marshall aired it out and Young intercepted it for his third of the night, tying the FAU single-game high held by three others
  • The Owls ran the ball out of the back of their own end zone with eight seconds left for a safety, and a multiple-lateral kickoff eventually stopped by the FAU kickoff defense ended the game
  • All told, Singletary's 275 all-purpose yards was made up of 203 rushing on 28 carries (7.3 per) and 72 receiving on just two catches
  • Azeez Al-Shaair once again was the team's top tackler, with 13, while fellow linebacker Rashad Smith had nine and Hunter Snyder matched his career best with eight. Ernest Bagner had the team's only sack
  • The ballhawks in the secondary, besides the four interceptions, had four pass breakups, three by Lewis 

Up Next

FAU heads to Ruston, Louisiana, for their first ever matchup with Louisiana Tech next Saturday. Kickoff on Nov. 11 is set for 3:30 p.m., and the game will be broadcasted on the Stadium network.


 

 

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