Miami Sports Day

FAU: Owls Nipped Late by Marshall 36-31 in Conference USA Play

Photo by Eric Espada

BOCA RATON, Fla. – A late touchdown was the difference as the Florida Atlantic University lost to Marshall 36-31 on Friday.

The Owls fell to 4-3 overall and 2-1 in Conference USA play, despite 362 passing yards and a pair of rushing touchdowns from sophomore quarterback Chris Robison.

Marshall took the opening kickoff and finished the drive with a 30-yard field goal.

The Owls responded with an eight play, 75-yard drive, capped off by Robison’s first TD rush of the night to take a 7-3 lead.

A Caliph Brice sack ended a Thundering Herd possession and on the ensuing FAU drive, Robison hooked up with John Raine, followed by a one-yard Larry McCammon III rush to extend its lead to 14-3 with less than two minutes remaining in the first quarter.

The Herd wasted no time in responding, taking just 57 seconds to score a touchdown of its own to cut the deficit to 14.

Akileis Leroy had his first career interception late in the second quarter FAU was able to convert the turnover into points, when Vladimir Rivas drilled a 32-yard field goal to extend the Owls’ lead to 17-10.

Marshall answered on its next drive and scored a touchdown just 13 seconds before halftime to even the score at 17.

The first score off the second half came at the 6:10 mark of the third quarter when the Herd connected on a 25-yard field goal attempt, taking a 20-17 edge. Marshall’s defense put the next points on the board, converting a safety to stretch the Herd’s cushion to 22-17 late in the stanza.

The Owls’ defense stopped the Marshall offense on the next possession, then the FAU offense answered with a scoring drive, ending on Robison’s second TD rush of the night and allowing the Owls to retake a 24-22 lead.

Marshall once again immediately answered with a touchdown of its own, then made a two-point conversion to go back up 30-24

A two-yard Malcolm Davidson TD run finished a 69-yard drive gave FAU a 31-30 lead with 3:29 to go in the game

The Herd were able to overcome an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and scored a touchdown with 36 ticks remaining in the game. This time, the two-point try was unsuccessful.

The Owls travel to Old Dominion on Saturday, Oct. 26. Kick-off is set for 3:30 p.m.

GAME NOTES: Chris Robison finished 21-of-39, his fourth 300-yard passing game of the season…Robison also had a pair of rushing touchdowns, a career-high for the sophomore
Robison’s 61-yard connection to John Raine was the longest pass play of the season for the Owls ….Angelo Antoine finished with seven receptions for 111 yards, passing the 100-yard mark for the second time this season….Caliph Brice led the Owls with 11 tackles, his most as an Owl,

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