April 7, 2001
BOCA RATON, FL -
The Florida Atlantic University football competed in its first spring intrasquad scrimmage Saturday at the Tom Oxley Athletic Field in Boca Raton, FL. The team took part in 118 plays as the defense defeated the offense 35-24 in a scoring system that rewards the defense for turnovers and stopping the offense on downs while the offense scores in traditional fashions.
"I'm elated with the defense," said FAU head coach Howard Schnellenberger. "They kicked the offense's butt. The offense had some good individual work, but on offense, you need eleven playing together, and that didn't happen. The offense did score in the second half, but the difference between the first half and the second half was not much."
With the first half consisting of 73 plays, the defense held a 26-0 advantage at the half. That included four turnovers and nine of the 16 sacks on the day. Trailing 32-0 in the second half, the offense held a 24-3 advantage over the final seven series.
"We practiced well all week and came out here with confidence," said quarterback Garrett Jahn. "But, the defense brought it to the field. We proved we were capable in the second half, and we proved to ourselves we could score. We just need to play like it's our last chance at all times."
"The defense had a tough meeting on Thursday," said defensive lineman Ramon Rickards. "Even though we are a young team, some individuals stepped up and spoke their minds which motivated us for today. The real game, though, will be next week at Pro Player Stadium."
Florida Atlantic continues its spring work with a scrimmage April 12 at Pro Player Stadium.