The FAU Owls utilize their ground game to crush the FIU Panthers 49-14 in the Shula Bowl.
Despite some brief rain and windy conditions, the Shula Bowl got off to a hot start. FAU RB Devin Singletary carried the ball 27 times for 184 yards and 3 TDs, including a touchdown on the first drive. The Owls were relentless in attacking the Panthers run defense with Kerrith Whyte Jr. also rushing for 165 and a touchdown on 17 carries.
The Panthers offense got off to a slow start with a few drops from FIU’s receivers. That included a near touchdown on the first FIU drive when QB James Morgan threw a perfect pass to CJ Worton, but he dropped it. They were able to tie the game at 7 after Lane Kiffin made a questionable call to go for it on 4th & 1 from his own 30 yard line.
The Panthers were able to get into the end zone with a 13 yard pass from QB James Morgan to Maurice Alexander. The decision to go for it on 4th down in the second quarter was a bold call, but it never came back to haunt FAU.
“When you don’t capitalize on those gifted opportunities…”
-FIU Head Coach Butch Davis on missed opportunities
FAU responded by bringing in back-up QB De’Andre Johnson to run the read option at a high tempo. The 75 yard drive lead to Singletary getting his second touchdown before the half. The decision by Kiffin is not out of the normal as FAU uses multiple rushing strategies.
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The Owls came out in the second half and poured it on. Although FIU’s Bryce Singleton was able to make an incredible game tying TD catch, FAU never looked back. They went on to score 35 unanswered points. Running at will on the porous FIU defense.
Expect a more in-depth recap of the game and what it means going forward for each team.