HOUSTON, Texas -- Freshman Devin Singletary broke two Florida Atlantic University football individual records and Jason Driskel threw for 317 yards to lead FAU to a program-record 657 total yards in a 42-25 win at Rice on Saturday.
"Honestly I'm just proud of the resilience of our players," FAU Head Coach Charlie Partridge said. "We've been through a lot this year. We've had our challenges. To see them finally get a chance to sing our fight song after a win in the locker room is a special moment. They haven't wavered, they haven't fallen off-course and for that I'm just happy for them and I mean that from the bottom of my heart."
- Singletary's 252 rushing yards more than doubled his career high and broke Alfred Morris' record of 198 against UAB on November 26, 2011. Singletary had nine carries of 10 or more yards. His 252 yards are the 12th most by any FBS player this season.
- Singletary also broke the program's all-purpose yardage mark with 283, breaking Anthony Jackson's 15-year-old mark of 231 against Marist on Sept. 22, 2001
- FAU surpassed its total yard record of 624 against Louisiana on Oct. 24, 2009 with 657 against Rice (336 rush, 321 pass)
- FAU's 9.7 yards per play also snapped a program record previously held by the 2008 squad against UAB with 9.2 yards per play
- A total of 406 of FAU's yards came on first-down plays (210 rushing, 196 passing)
- FAU crafted seven plays of 32 yards or longer, four of which went for touchdowns
- FAU's defense recorded eight tackles for loss and a season-high five sacks (Trey Hendrickson (2), Azeez Al-Shaair (2), Josh Kendall
- Driskel went 15-23 for 317 yards and two touchdowns passing
- Henry Bussey led the receiving corps with four catches for 132 yards, including an 84-yarder for his first career TD reception
- After Rice took an early lead, Driskel found Bussey for a 32-yard pass and Tavaris Harrison on a 41-yard connection, setting up Singletary for a one-yard touchdown run to tie the game at the 4:39 mark of the first quarter
- Just three minutes later, Driskel found John Mitchell for a 33-yard touchdown, Mitchell's first of his career, to give FAU a 14-7 advantage
- Rice came back to tie the game before Driskel led the FAU Owls downfield through the air before again giving it off to Singletary for a 13-yard scoring rush to put FAU on top 21-14 going to halftime
- On its first possession of the second half, FAU marched a season-long 98 yards on 12 plays before "Buddy" Gregory Howell, Jr. ran it in from one yard out to extend the lead to 28-14
- Richie Kittles had a big tackle for loss to stop the next Rice drive, holding the home Owls to a field goal as FAU held a 28-17 lead at the end of the third quarter
- After Rice punted on its first drive of the fourth, Driskel hit Bussey for a game-long 84-yard touchdown pass, Bussey's longest career reception
- Rice cut the lead to 35-25, then Singletary carried for 11 yards before breaking a 66-yard scoring run to put FAU up 42-25 with 10:30 to play
- Ocie Rose intercepted Rice in the end zone on the next drive and Kittles picked off Rice at the FAU five on the last possession to seal the victory
FAU returns home to host UTEP on Saturday, Nov. 12 at 6 p.m. For tickets, call 1-866-FAU-OWLS or visit www.FAUSports.com. Live video is available on www.FAUSports.TV and ESPN West Palm 106.3 will have the radio broadcast.