The FAU Owls were defeated by the Charlotte 49ers 27-24 on Saturday night, ending their season and their shot at a bowl game.
It was a totally different game than what FAU fans were expecting. The Charlotte 49ers came out and gave the Owls a taste of their own medicine. The 49ers rushed for 289 yards on the ground compared to the Owls 187 yards rushing.
The game came down to the very last drive as the 49ers took it down the field and hit a 56-yard FG for the win. FAU had twenty-five seconds left to do something but ended up fumbling the ball on a failed lateral.
FAU RB Kerrith Whyte Jr. was able to start things off quick with a 75-yard touchdown run on a 2 yard pass from Robison. It was the quickest score to open a game in FAU history.
Charlotte would, however answer back with a 10 play 76-yard drive that resulted in a touchdown. Charlotte QB Hassaan Klugh threw a 12-yard TD pass to Mark Quattlebaum, tying the game at 7-7. From there, Charlotte was able to tack on a FG and take a 10-7 lead.
Which FAU would overtake with a TD pass from Robison to half-back John Raine. It was Raine’s first score as an FAU Owl and it marked Robison’s second TD of the night. Robison finished the game with a solid stat line of 273 passing yards and 3 total TDs.
The FAU defense made a play when Korel Smith picked off Klugh in 49ers territory, just minutes before the half. Where Robison would then run it into the end zone for a TD, putting FAU up 21-10 heading into the half. Despite the lead, the game was going Charlotte’s way, as Devin Singletary had been held in check for the most part.
“Very difficult game and season to swallow.”
-FAU Head coach Lane Kiffin
As mentioned earlier, Charlotte was also able to get runs whenever they needed it. Which is what they did in the second half when RB Benny LeMay gashed the Owls defense for a 54-yard TD run. Bringing the game closer, 21-17 Owls. To open the 4th quarter, Klugh ran it in from 13 yards to give the 49ers the lead at 24-21.
The Owl’s offense couldn’t prevail though, as they were only able to tie the game at 24 with around 3-minutes left. Which was plenty of time for Charlotte to strike.
The loss brings up many question that have to be answered for Kiffin, the players, and FAU. Expect a full season review soon. We’ll also discuss what Devin Singletary should do next.