Last year Marshall mashed the Owls to a pulp behind Devon Johnson's 272 rushing yards and four touchdowns.
New year, same result.
Marshall Thundering Herd (6-1, 3-0) beat FAU (1-5, 1-2) 33-17 Saturday afternoon to remain undefeated in conference play. Like last year, FAU was unable to stop Marshall's rushing attack, allowing three different running backs to rush for more than 60 yards as Marshall would finish the game with 326 rushing yards.
Despite Jaquez Johnson in uniform, Jason Driskel got his second start of the season. Driskel completed 14 passes for 203 yards and one interception.
Driskel really wasn't bad today. But it was clear the offense was limited with him behind center. I know Johnson didn't play due to an ankle injury, but why dress to play and not take the field knowing Driskel is struggling to move the offense.
Like most of the year, the offense looked good in spots and moved the ball well but failed to end their drives with touchdowns.
The Owls had four drives inside the red zone today. The result: A 23 yard field goal by Greg Joseph, a 17 yard missed field goal by Joseph, a two yard rushing touchdown by Trey Rodriguez, an interception by Driskel.
10 Total points by the offense today.
The game was never in doubt from the beginning. On the second play from scrimmage Devon Johnson ran for a 75 yard touchdown to give Marshall a quick 7-0 lead out the gates.
After FAU settled for a short field goal, Jay Warren would get stuffed in his own end zone to give Marshall a safety.
After the free kick it took Marshall less than two minutes to score a touchdown as Remi Watson would score from one yard out to give Marshall a 16-3 lead early in the second quarter.
Marshall was on the verge of putting this game away at halftime but Ocie Ross intercepted Chase Litton's pass and ran it back 95 yards for a touchdown for his second pick six of the season.
FAU seemed to have all the momentum, but Marshall marched down the field once again as Litton would find Davonte Allen for a 23 yard touchdown before the half.
FAU is now winless at home this season and hasn't won a home game since defeating Western Kentucky 45-38 on October 18th last year.
Because Marshall won the Boca Raton Bowl last year, they now have more wins at FAU Stadium (2) in the past year than FAU (1) does.
FAU is 1-5 halfway through the season. Bowl eligibility is pretty much off the table with trips to Florida and Western Kentucky still on the schedule.
For now all we can hope for is progress from team.
FAU will travel to El Paso, Texas, next week to take on a 2-4 UTEP squad.