On Saturday night, it was obvious which team came to play and which team didn’t. The Florida Atlantic Owls took the fight to a Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders team plagued with injuries, winning 38-20 in convincing fashion.
The FAU offense was lead by running back Devin Singletary, who rushed for 133 yards and four touchdowns, and quarterback Jason Driskel, who threw for 187 yards and a touchdown. The Owls were able to drive the ball all night and man handle a Blue Raider defense that was missing leaders Walter Brady and Mike Minter Jr.
FAU jumped out to a quick 14-6 lead in the first quarter. From there, they never looked back, playing great defense as they down a Middle Tennessee offense that was once again without Brent Stockstill, Richie James, and Shane Tucker which proved to again be a huge problem.
Backup John Urzua starting for his third week in a row showed more production, but not really much improvement, throwing three interceptions against only two touchdowns. My biggest fear (which I said in the preview of this game) was that turnovers would haunt the Blue Raiders and in this one they did.
In the end, Florida Atlantic had an answer all night for Middle and just out worked the Blue Raiders.
MTSU is now 2-3 and 0-1 in conference play and will host the FIU Panthers next Saturday, a game that is a must-win if the Blue Raiders are to win C-USA East. FAU moves to 2-3 and 1-0 in C-USA and will play Old Dominion next Saturday.