Oct. 14, 2000
BOCA RATON - The Florida Atlantic University offense defeated the defense 23-22 as FAU held its fourth intrasquad scrimmage of the season Saturday morning at the Tom Oxley Practice Field. The victory for the offense ties the scrimmage series at two apiece and was the first win for the offense since the inaugural scrimmage on September 23. The scrimmage utilizes a scoring system in which the offense scores in traditional fashions while the defense is rewarded for stopping the offense on downs, turnovers, and returns for touchdowns.
After falling behind 9-0, the offense finally scored on a 40 yard touchdown run by quarterback Mario Fernandez. Six series later, and trailing 14-7, Garrett Jahn hit Matt Prudenti with a 30 yard touchdown pass. Prudenti finished the day with two catches for 73 yards. Jahn then connected with running back Dekolan James for a two-point conversion to give the offense its first lead of the day, 15-14.
On the next series, Jahn guided the offense to another score as James capped off the drive with a 10 yard touchdown run. After another successful two-point conversion, the offense led 23-14.
On the final four series, the defense stopped the offense on downs twice, while recovering two fumbles to score the scrimmage's final eight points.
"Today I was really disappointed," said FAU head coach Howard Schnellenberger. "We didn't have continuity at all on offense. The offense finally ended up winning the scrimmage, but it was on big plays and mistakes."
The team ran a total of 107 plays, and of the 459 total yards, 295 were on the ground. James led the rushing attack with 77 yards on 20 carries and a score. Doug Parker carried the ball 16 times for 83 yards before leaving the game with an injury to his hip. His status is listed as day-to-day.
FAU will take Sunday off before resuming practice Monday afternoon at 3:30pm at the Tom Oxley Practice Field.