*Image per Sun-Sentinel
With a final score of 41-38, the FAU Owls let a huge upset win slip away and must now win their final game of the season to have a chance at a bowl game.
It was an ugly start for FAU in the first quarter. The Owls went down 17-7 after one and the game was going as we had foreseen it. The Mean Green offense was clicking. QB Mason Fine was making the right throws and the run game was doing well. FAU had managed 1 TD, but it seemed to be an uphill battle.
That changed in the second quarter.
The Owls’ defense showed up and held UNT to just 3 points in the quarter. They even forced an interception from a QB who had only thrown 2 picks all year. It was an encouraging sight for FAU fans as the offense pulled it together to and they went into the half with a 21-20 lead. The Owls were in this game and in control of it. A game they had no business being in just a few weeks ago.
“They played really hard. Their defense, even in a high-scoring game, really gave us problems, stopping the run…”
-Head coach Lane Kiffin on UNT, per FAU Sports
If anything can be taken away from this game it’s that whatever plagued this team earlier in the season, it’s gone now. The Owls look good again. They are, however, far from perfect.
On the final drive of the night for the FAU offense, they were down by 3. They just needed a FG to tie it or a TD to likely win it. Very possible at this point, since the last drive for FAU ended in 55-yard TD pass from Robison to Durante.
4Q | 3:38 | NT 41, FAU 38
Long bomb … CONNECTS! Robison to Durante for 55 and a score!! pic.twitter.com/iT3BrMxuE7
— FAU Football (@FAU_Football) November 16, 2018
Owls’ QB Chris Robison could not get it done however and threw an interception that sealed the game. As mentioned above, the Owls never really got their ground game going. Neither Singletary or Whyte Jr. was able to break 100-yards rushing. The Owls also did not utilize back-up QB De’Andre Johnson in the read option.
There were also many noticeably bad calls made by the officials that could have cost the Owls a few more shots. In the end, the Owls lost this one themselves and it will hurt Owl nation for the remainder of the week. FAU will host the Charlotte 49ers (whom FIU plays) next Saturday.