Miami Sports Day

FAU Football Outlasted by Ball State 31-27

Photo by Sun-Sentinel

BOCA RATON, Fla. – In a four-hour, 14-minute contest that saw 129 minutes of weather delays, Ball State University outlasted the Florida Atlantic University football team 31-27.

“There were some things we did well, and some things we need to improve on,” FAU Head Coach Charlie Partridge said. “We got some good stops, just didn’t get the stop we needed in the fourth quarter.”

FAU (1-3) did not trail for the first 48:13 of the game before Ball State (3-1) crafted the longest drive of the second half and scored a rushing touchdown to take the final 31-27 lead.


QB Jason Driskel led FAU 65 yards in just 2:03 on the second drive, culminating with a five-yard touchdown run by the quarterback for the first score of the game. After Ball State turned it over on downs, FAU drove 67 yards before Driskel found Kalib Woods for a 31-yard TD pass to extend the lead to 14-0 late in the first quarter.

Driskel went 25-of-37 for 324 yards, including a score and rushed for 26 yards and a touchdown. He crafted a stretch of 10 completions in 11 attempts early in the game, was 7-of-9 on third downs, and had five completions for more than 24 yards each.  Greg Howell ran 18 times for 67 yards. Woods led the FAU corps of 11 receivers with four catches for 108 yards

Ball State responded with two scores in the first five minutes of the second quarter to tie the game at 14.

Less than a minute later, FAU went 68 yards with Kerrith Whyte running it in from three yards out to put the Owls back on top 21-14. It was Whyte’s first collegiate score

Greg Joseph responded with an 18-yard field goal with 1:23 left in the first half to put FAU up 24-17 at the intermission. Ball State tied the game on a 29-yard touchdown pass with 1:46 left in the third.

With 9:18 to play, Joseph kicked his longest field goal of the year (41-yards) as FAU retook the lead at 27-24 after a 51-yard drive. Ball State marched 70 yards in 3:46 and scored on a two-yard rush by Riley Neal for the Cardinals’ first lead of the game with 1:47 remaining.

The Owls will travel to open Conference USA play at FIU on Saturday, Oct. 1 at 7 p.m.

FIU football coach Ron Turner has been relieved of his duties effective immediately the school announced Sunday.

“I want to thank Coach Turner for his contributions to the FIU football program, most importantly his commitment to academics and community service,” the school’s Peter Garcia said. “At this time Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator Ron Cooper has been named interim head coach.”

GAME NOTES: Antonyo Woods played his third different offensive line position in 2016….Azeez Al-Shaair, Jalen Young and Nate Ozdemir each recorded 10 tackles…Shalom Ogbonda earned a sack.


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