In one of the best offensive performances in school history, FAU crushed ODU 58-28 on the road to move to 3-3 overall and, more importantly, 2-0 in conference play. With FIU’s loss to Middle Tennessee the Owls moved to first place in Conference USA East.
We’ve known for weeks that FAU has one of the best rushing tandems in the country and if FAU just leaned on the rushing attack a lot more frequently the offense would look incredible. Lane Kiffin and Kendall Briles embraced the #RunNeverPass offense last night and it broke the following records: Most points in school history (58), most rushing touchdowns in a single game in school history (8), most rushing attempts in school history (69), most rushing yards in school history (453).
Devin Singletary was simply incredible last night as he rushed for 194 yards and two touchdowns. It seemed like every time he touched the ball something incredible would happen.
The always reliable Greg Howell rushed for 109 yards and one touchdown. As great as Singletary and Howell were tonight, Jason Driskel was the player of the game as his decision making on the zone read was key to FAU’s incredible offensive performance.
Driskel rushed for 92 yards and four touchdowns on 11 carries. He averaged 8.4 yards per carry and his rushing touchdowns near the end of the first half and mid-way through the third quarter, were critical in demoralizing ODU’s defense and keeping the Monarchs at bay. Once ODU finally stopped Singletary or Howell, Driskel would gash the Monarchs right up the middle.
INSANE.— Conference USA (@ConferenceUSA) October 8, 2017
Driskel is on !
FOUR RUSHING TD'S pic.twitter.com/eiiZHYsnzh
His performance through the air still left a lot to be desired, passing for 97 yards and one interception on 22 attempts. But as long as he makes great decisions on the zone read, he’ll be good enough for the Owls to accomplish their goals this season.
Defensively FAU turned in a performance I thought we would see against Buffalo. Give up some yards, but take the ball away. Against Buffalo, FAU forced zero turnovers. Last night was different. The Owls picked off Steven Williams four times and shut down ODU’s passing offense.
Jalen Young, Ocie Rose, Shelton Lewis, and Chris Tooley each recorded an interception. The two turnovers by Young and Tooley were critical as they kickstarted the blowout.
Jeremy Cox rushed for 202 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries for the Monarchs. Fortunately the FAU offense kept scoring and forced ODU away from Cox.
FAU heads into the bye week with a ton of momentum. For the first time in quite some time, the Owls will play some extremely meaningful October football. North Texas (3-2, 2-0) visits the Owls in two weeks. If the Mean Green are to get by UTSA, FAU and North Texas will enter the game as first place teams.
Lane Kiffin promised an exciting brand of football and six weeks in you can’t help but be optimistic going into the future.