Miami Sports Day

FAU: Owls Upended on the Road by Kansas State

The Florida Atlantic University football team fell behind early and were topped on the road Saturday afternoon by Kansas State, 63-7. The game was played before a crowd of 50,871.

“Obviously disappointed in how the game went, it goes without saying,” said FAU head coach Charlie Partridge. “To give away three turnovers there in the first half put us in a bad hole going into halftime. Proud of the effort of our defense in the second half, got a few three-and-outs there in a row, so we’ve got some things to build on. But we certainly have a lot to fix between now and our next game against Ball State.”

FAU freshman Kerrith Whyte, Jr. had a team-high 54 rushing yards, including 22 on one carry, and added 87 yards on four kickoff returns (with a long of 30). All told he had 141 all-purpose yards, the most of any player on either team

On the game’s opening possession, the Owls (1-2) took the ball from their own 8-yard line to the Kansas State 37, but were stopped and forced to punt.

The Wildcats (1-1) immediately put together a 16-play, 89-yard drive, which included three third down conversions, for the game’s first score at the 4:23 mark. Later in the first quarter, two short fields pushed KSU up 21-0, and they forced a turnover on the final play of the opening period to score again early in the second.

Florida Atlantic (1-2) had five punts and three turnovers in the first half alone, with just seven first downs. For the game, the Owls gained  211 yards and had 13 first downs.


The Wildcats had 207 yards on the ground in 26 plays in the first half and another 105 yards on 11 attempts through the air. Fullback Winston Dimel, who came into the game with two career touchdowns, scored four times (on five carries) in the first half.

On the defensive side, Kansas State’s defense held the Owls to 76 yards of total offense in the first half. Florida Atlantic did not get inside the Wildcats’ 37-yard line until nine seconds remained in the third quarter.

The Owls return home to take on Ball State next Saturday, Sept. 24, a 6 p.m. kickoff. The Cardinals moved to 2-1 on Saturday after defeating Eastern Kentucky, 41-14.

FAU NOTES:  Jalen Young led the Owl defenders with eight tackles while Lester Thomas added six and Richie Kittles and Rashad Smith each chipped in with five Trey Hendrickson and Shelton Lewis each had sacks, while those two along with Azeez Al-Shaair, Shalom Ogbonda, Smith and Jerrad Ward each had  a tackle-for-loss…Ocie Rose forced a fumble in the fourth quarter, which was recovered by Herb Miller.

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