by Ben Ennis
BOCA RATON, Fla. – An unstoppable Florida Atlantic University (FAU) Owls offense guided by quarterback Jason Driskel led to a 50-3 win over Akron. Driskel, the game’s Offensive MVP, threw for 270 yards and two touchdowns, while also rushing for two more scores. Owls star running back Devin Singletary ran for 124 yards and scored three touchdowns, setting a Conference USA single-season record with 33 total touchdowns, including 32 rushing.
FAU racked up 582 yards of offense, converting five fourth downs, including three four touchdowns.
“It was an unbelievable day, I can’t imagine it being better. These stories don’t happen often. You don’t just come to FAU and win 11 games. These kids aren’t even playing close games,” said FAU head coach Lane Kiffin. “It’s just awesome to see. I am proud of these players.”
“I told the players before the game ‘We believe in you’ and we go for it on fourth down more than anybody in the country,” added Kiffin. “All these analytics say we are more aggressive, but that’s because we believe in the players and they respond.”
FAU’s defense held Akron to just 146 yards of total offense and just 77 yards passing. Azeez Al-Shaair was named Defensive MVP after leading FAU with 13 tackles, including 2.5 for a loss. “Our defense played really well against a tough quarterback,” said Kiffen. “Our guys came out, played strong and finished that last half together. That was the best half we have ever played and they dominated.”
“There’s not much I can tell you that you didn’t see. We just got whipped,” said Akron coach Terry Bowden. “I mean, they didn’t punt until the very end. We couldn’t stop them. I told our players, That’s a butt kicking that we won’t forget.”
Photos by Ben Ennis