Nov. 7, 2012
Florida Atlantic University football will return to Sun Belt Conference play when the team travels to Western Kentucky University, the final road game for first year Head Coach Carl Pelini, the seventh road game of the 2012 season. FAU leads the all-time series 3-1, with two of the three victories coming on the road. The Sun Belt tilt will be carried on the SBC Network (CSS locally) and ESPN3. Fans can also listen to the call by ESPN760 AM's Ken LaVicka at fausports.com.
"Finish strong is what our players want to do," said Head Coach Carl Pelini. "Winning on the road is a challenge I would like to get over. It's a huge obstacle that we need to overcome. We are better suited to play WKU now than three or four weeks ago. Our last few games have come down to the fourth quarter. We are just one big play away from from being a five win team"
Last week, FAU traveled to the United States Naval Academy for the program's first game against a member of the service academies. The team was coming off a 34-27 win over Troy and had the confidence that the final scoring drive the previous two weeks was the deciding factor.
For the Owls, the Navy game was no different. FAU put the first 10 points on the board, Navy the next 24. FAU would rally behind an Andrae Kirk fumble recovery to pull within one touchdown with nearly a quarter to play. FAU's final drive fell short providing the 24-17 final. The Owls had several key performances in the game. Junior running back Jonathan Wallace had a career-high 111 yards, while Adarius Glanton matched his career high with 12 tackles. Junior Mitch Anderson booted a 53-yard field goal to tie a record set by Mark Myers in the 2003 playoffs at Northern Arizona.
Graham Wilbert turned in another consistent performance, connecting on 25 of 35 attempts for 205 yards. Wilbert has not thrown an interception in the last four games. In that time, he has gone 104-of-155 for 1,035 yards.