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Defense Hangs on to Win Scrimmage

Oct. 28, 2000


A dominant start to Saturday's intrasquad scrimmage allowed the defense to hang on to defeat the offense, 26-25, as the Florida Atlantic University football team took part in its sixth such contest of the fall. Doug Parker ran for 103 yards and two touchdowns as the offense led just once during the scrimmage.

The defense jumped out to a 16-0 lead in a format that awards points to the offense in traditional fashions while awarding the defense for turnovers and stopping offensive drives. The overpowering start included an interception return for a touchdown by Edrick Harley.

The offense cut the deficit in half behind a Parker touchdown and two-point conversion to make it 16-8. Trailing 24-11, Parker scored again, as well as converted his second two-point try, to cut the defensive lead to 24-19. A 4-yard run by Daniel Frith on the next drive gave the offense a brief 25-24 lead. However, the defense stopped the offense on its last two possessions to account for the final two points.

"The defense had really shut down the offense completely until what I'd call the fourth quarter," said FAU head coach Howard Schnellenberger. "Then the offense came back and tied it up and then lost in an attempt to go for a two-minute drill."

The win for the defense tied the season series at three. The team will scrimmage three more times, including November 11 at Pro Player Stadium.

"I feel better today. I think we've made good progress," added Schnellenberger. "We've only got three more Saturdays to go before we'll hang it up for the year."

FAU next will scrimmage November 4 at 10:00am at the Tom Oxley Practice Field.



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