After some inclement weather in Florida pushed kickoff back by about 30 minutes, the FAU Owls and the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers got going in Boca Raton. The lightning in the sky provided the only fireworks of the evening, however.
The final score ended up being 10-6 in favor of the Owls with the game’s only touchdown not coming until 2:27 remaining in the fourth quarter. With about eight minutes remaining, the Owls took over down 6-3. Javion Posey, who replaced Nick Tronti at quarterback, led a drive composed entirely of runs from 75-yards out before Posey himself ran in the winning score. WKU turned the ball over on downs in their attempt at a rebuttal on the next drive.
Tronti did start the game for the Owls and finished 7/16 for 108 yards before getting pulled. Posey only threw one pass, which turned out to be an interception.
Posey ran the ball nine times for 60 yards and the previously mentioned touchdown. Running backs BJ Emmons and James Charles also contributed 56 and 53 rushing yards, respectively.
For the Tops, it appeared to be more of the same in terms of their overall performance. The Owls put up 273 yards compared to WKU’s 257. This was just the second time this year that WKU’s defense allowed less than 300 yards.
WKU held the ball for seven minutes longer, but it didn’t translate to more points or first downs than their opponents.
Tyrell Pigrome finished the day 19 of 39 for 163 yards. Gaej Walker and Jakairi Moses combined for 94 yards on the ground. Kicker Mitchell Tinsley scored all of his team’s points with two field goals, but also missed a third attempt at a field goal.
The Owls next take a short trip to FIU for a game against the Panthers on November 13. The Tops will host Southern Miss on November 14.