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FAU: Owls Run Over Bethune-Cookman, 45-0

FAU redshirt sophomore quarterback Daniel Parr (13) runs toward the end zone to score FAU's first touchdown against Bethune-Cookman. (Photo by Alexander Rodriguez)

(FLORIDA SPORTS WIRE) – Florida Atlantic University rushed for a program-record 439 yards and registered the team’s first shutout in nearly 11 years in defeating Bethune-Cookman 45-0 on Saturday night at FAU Stadium.

The Owl defense held Bethune-Cookman to 117 total yards, 61 rushing and 56 passing. The Wildcats averaged just 1.8 yards per carry

“(I’m) very proud of our guys,” said Head Coach Lane Kiffin. “I really challenged our guys that at the end of the game, I wanted to be able to say that we finally played really physical in all phases of the game. That we ran the ball really well … and that we stopped the run.”

QB Daniel Parr was was 15-for-26 for 165 yards and TD runs of nine and 14 yards. A 72-yard drive culminated with a Parr-to-Harrison Bryant touchdown (the first in Bryant’s career) from five yards out to make it 14-0.

Sophomore defensive lineman William Davis notched the Owls’ first sack of the year midway through the second quarter

Running back “Motor” Devin Singletary scored from 19 yards out to also go over the century mark for a 28-0 FAU lead. Greg Joseph tacked on a 46-yard field goal midway through the third quarter.

“Buddy” Gregory Howell, Jr., scampered down the left sideline on a 60-yard run and went in two plays later from a yard out, making it a 38-0 lead.

The 60-yard run pushed him past his previous career high of 138, and he ended the night with 175 yards on the ground. That total came on just 13 carries, for a new program single-game record of 13.5 per carry

FAU’s Chris Tooley came up with a defensive score for the final margin, picking up a fumble forced by Quran Hafiz and going into the end zone from 14 yards out. Hafiz led the team with six tackles on the night

“At the end of the day, to come away with 439 yards rushing to 61, I commend the players and coaches for that. Most rushing yards in the history of the school, and first shutout in (over) 10 years, very pleased with that. I’m proud of our guys getting their first win, and it was good to see guys have fun,” noted Kiffin.

FAU (1-2) marched 81 yards on their first drive, with all six plays covering eight yards or more, but a fumble into the end zone was recovered by Bethune-Cookman (1-2).

The Owls will travel to play Buffalo next Saturday, Sept. 23, for a 7 p.m. kickoff. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN3. The Bulls improved to 1-2 on Saturday with a 33-10 home win over Colgate.

GAME NOTES: FAU’s last shutout came on Nov. 25, 2006, as they defeated FIU 31-0 on the road that night, and Saturday marked the fourth in program history…..Seven different Owls had a carry of at least 12 yards – Howell (60), Jason Driskel (24), Parr (21), Singletary (19), Franklin (18), Kerrith Whyte, Jr. (14) and Kamrin Solomon (12). Nine different Owls registered a carry and nine different Owls hauled in a catch…The 45-point differential tied FAU’s all-time margin of victory since joining FBS (55-10 win over New Mexico State on Nov. 23, 2013).. After Howell’s 175 and Singletary’s 109 rushing yards (on only 11 carries), Whyte had 48 and Parr 38 Solomon also had four catches for 36 yards, while McNeal led the way with 70 receiving yards, also on four receptions.

 

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