With two weeks to prepare for a North Texas team that was 3-0 in conference play and fresh off a huge win over UTSA, FAU made their intentions known that the Owls are contenders for the Conference USA Championship too, as FAU scored on 11 straight possessions to beat North Texas 69-31.
FAU was flawless on offense in the first half in large part due to Jason Driskel. Driskel finished the first half going 18-of-27 for 237 yards and a touchdown, while adding 68 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown. Driskel was able to connect with six different receivers in the first half en route to leading the Owls to 41 points, the most points scored in a half in FAU history.
Driskel finished the game with 357 passing yards for two touchdowns.
Devin Singletary was his normal self, rushing for 103 yards and three touchdowns in the first half. Singletary also broke the single-season rushing touchdown record. Mind you, there’s still five games left in the regular season.
Singletary finished the game with 13 carries for 123 yards and three touchdowns.
In the second half the flawless performance on offense continued as the Owls revealed just how much depth they have at running back. FAU didn’t miss a beat with Greg Howell Jr. and Kerrith Whyte Jr. as the lead backs in the second half as Howell finished with 70 yards and one touchdown. Whyte had an 82-yard rushing touchdown in the third quarter, the longest run in school history. The Owls finished with 447 rushing yards and seven touchdowns, averaging 9.3 yards per carry.
The defense was absolutely amazing. Without standout corner Raekwon Williams, I feared that the secondary might have trouble covering Jalen Guyton. The secondary did a phenomenal job as Guyton had zero catches on the night.
In the first half FAU held UNT to 145 yards as their speed was too much for North Texas to handle. On North Texas’ first drive Jeremiah Taleni forced a Jeffrey Wilson fumble with Ernest Bagner on the recovery. On the next drive Chris Tooley picked off Mason Fine. Shelton Lewis forced the third turnover by jumping a pick route. FAU cashed in each turnover for a touchdown.
FAU entered the locker room with a 41-7 lead. It was the best half of football in FAU history and it happened in what was dubbed as the biggest conference game in FAU Stadium history.
Those who attended witnessed one of the best wins in school history as FAU broke the Conference USA record for yards in a game (804), and the school record for all-purpose yards (925). Not to mention see the best start to conference play in school history.
3-0 in C-USA!— FAU Football (@FAU_Football) October 22, 2017
804 yds: C-USA record
925 all-purpose yds
An 82 yard rush
Singletary: 14th rush TD
Joseph: 15 pts kicking
ALL RECORDS pic.twitter.com/Ete3EbrUzw
FAU moves to 4-3 overall and 3-0 in conference play and are tied for first place in C-USA East with Marshall.
Next week the Owls travel to Bowling Green, Kentucky, to take on the defending champs WKU, who appear to be rounding into form as the Tops are on a four-game winning streak.