FAU was dominated on homecoming in every way possible by Western Kentucky with a 52-3 defeat for their seventh straight loss of the season. With the loss FAU was eliminated from bowl eligibility. This lost is the worst home defeat in FAU history.
Where to begin?
With two weeks to prepare FAU looked like they were still on their bye week as the team looked lethargic to begin the game. With Western Kentucky’s star running back Ace Wales out for the first half it seemed pretty clear that the Hilltoppers were going to rely on the passing attack much more than they usually do and FAU still couldn’t stop them.
Western Kentucky’s first touchdown was on their opening drive as Mike White connected with Nicholas Norris for a 76-yard touchdown to give the Hilltoppers a 7-0 lead.
Two drives later White would fine Lucky Jackson for a 56-yard touchdown for a 14-0 lead. WKU’s next drive White would again throw a bomb for a touchdown, this time to Taywan Taylor for a 65-yard score. Up by 21 points early in the second quarter the game was over.
In the second half WKU’s anemic rushing attack was revived with Ace Wales’ return and he put the finishing touches on an impressive performance by the Tops as he rushed for 86 yards and two touchdowns. WKU finished with 661 total yards of offense.
FAU was out-coached, played with little effort, and was without a doubt the less talented team.
Think about that for a second.
For all of the recruiting battles Charlie Partridge has won and all of the championships he’s claimed in February with his signing classes, FAU was not as talented as WKU.
The Hilltoppers are one of the best teams in Conference USA but there is no way in hell FAU, a program located in South Florida with all the talent that is nearby, should lose a game by this margin, 49 points, to a conference opponent.
Against one of the worst defenses in Conference USA the offense wouldn’t surpass over 150 yards until the fourth quarter with WKU’s backups in the game.
I thought Daniel Parr would be the answer over Jason Driskel but it appears he’s just not good enough, which says a lot as Driskel failed to pass over 100 yards for the second time this season (FIU was the other game).
This program is in shambles and after today’s performance I’m convinced it won’t be fixed with Partridge as the head coach.
Two years ago Partridge sold FAU fans a dream with a come from behind win against Western Kentucky. Two years later and it’s turned into a nightmare.
Next week FAU takes on fellow bottom feeder Rice.