April 5, 2014
BOCA RATON, FL - Florida Atlantic University's football team capped off their spring workouts with the 2014 REDBLUE Spring Game.
The day began at 10:30 a.m. with live music, bounce houses, food trucks and at 1 p.m. --- football. The Owls broke into two teams featuring the first string offense and defense named the Red Team versus the rest of the team, named Blue. It marked the first time since the program's inception, including 15 spring games, that FAU used the traditional game format.
"What we need to do as a football team is to continue to build depth," said Charlie Partridge, FAU's head football coach. "Overall it was clean. I'm excited about where we are at this point. In my mind, we just completed phase two. Phase one being the eight week off-season program leading up to the spring. Now we go into the next phase, which is a lifting period and that includes their finals before we get into summer conditioning."
The first team offense, which wore red, wasted little time in putting points on the board. In the Red team's first possession, on second and four, junior quarterback Jaquez Johnson connected with Lucky Whitehead for a short pass that Whitehead turned into a 66-yard score.
The Red defense forced a change of possession and then saw the Red offense march down the field setting up a nine-yard TD run by senior Tony Moore. The Red team scored once more in the first half when senior tight end Alex Deleon hauled in a pass for a 15-yard score.
The Blue team's offense would not be held scoreless in the first half. Newcomer Jason Driskel found fellow freshman JJ Stevens in the end zone for an 11-yard score with just 12 seconds remaining in the first half. The first half was played with a traditional clock while a running clock was used in the second half. Game officials were used throughout the contest.
Holding a 21-7 lead, the Red team continued to put on the pressure with three-second half scores. The first was an eight-yard rushing TD credited to Jay Warren, the second was a 65-yard pass from Johnson to Derek Moise. The Red team's final score was an interception and return by linebacker Robert Relf for the game's 42-7 final.
Season tickets are on sale and can be purchased by call 1-866-FAU-Owls. FAU will open the 2014 season at Nebraska, Saturday, August 30 and will then face Alabama the following weekend in Tuscaloosa. The Owls will return home to host its first game Saturday, September 19 versus Tulsa.