Quarterback Jason Driskel ran for four touchdowns to lead the Florida Atlantic University football team to a record-breaking 58-28 victory at Conference USA foe Old Dominion on Saturday.
Quotable“It was really good because we’re headed into a bye and so we talked all week about if you want to be a championship team and stay in first place, you’ve got to control your own destiny,” FAU Head Coach Lane Kiffin said. “Gave us a chance to win tonight so for two more weeks we’ve got a chance to be in first place. We got a lot of guys to play at the end of the game, which is great versus a team that won 10 games last year. I told these guys this week and I said it again tonight ‘you’ve got a chance to be a really special team, but we’ve got a lot of work to do to get there.”
Quick Hits• FAU’s 58 points goes down as the most in program history, breaking the record of 57 against FIU in 2008• FAU (3-3, 2-0 C-USA) posted eight rushing touchdowns, snapping the record of six at Middle Tennessee in 2016. The eight rushing scores are the most by a team in the FBS against a fellow FBS opponent this season• The Owls carried the ball 69 times, breaking the previous mark of 61 (at Tulsa, 2015) for 453 yards, snapping the record of 439 set against Bethune-Cookman on Sept. 16• Driskel’s four rushing touchdowns ties the FAU record held by Devin Singletary (Sept. 30 vs MT), Alfred Morris (2011 vs. UAB) and Doug Parker (2001 vs. Jacksonville). The quarterback racked up 92 yards on the ground and 97 through the air on 11 rushes and 13 pass completions• Singletary rushed 26 times for 194 yards and two scores, moving the sophomore into a tie for second in career rushing touchdowns with 23, matching Charles Pierre’s mark (2004-08) • Greg Howell followed with 21 carries for 109 yards and a score, marking the second time this season that he and Singletary have each hit the century mark in a game together. He also surpassed the 2,000-yard mark for his career in the game, in the process passing Parker for third place on the Owls’ all-time rushing list• Defensively, the Owls recorded four interceptions and a pair of sacks with six tackles for loss and four pass breakups• FAU marched 72 yards on its opening possession before Greg Joseph kicked a 20-yard field goal to give the Owls a lead just 5:35 into the game• ODU (2-3, 0-1 C-USA) responded with a 75 yard scoring drive to take its first – and only – lead of the night at the 6:56 mark of the opening quarter• In just 1:41, the Owls scampered on a 75-yard drive of their own, featuring 28 yards by Singletary and an 11-yard touchdown run by Driskel to retake the lead 10-7• Jalen Young intercepted ODU and returned it 31 yards on the next possession to set the Owls up at the Monarchs’ 41-yard line. Driskel hit Willie Wright for a 27-yard gain and Singletary capped off the drive with a 12-yard touchdown run to increase the advantage to 17-7• On the fourth play of the second quarter, Chris Tooley recorded his second consecutive game with an interception, his team-leading third of the year, giving FAU possession at its own 28 after a 14-yard return• Singletary picked up 41 yards on the ensuing drive before Howell carried it in from two yards out to put the Owls up 24-7 with 10:39 left in the first half• ODU again responded with a 75-yard drive and a three-yard Jeremy Cox touchdown run to cut into the lead• Singletary broke off a 37-yard run on the next drive to get into ODU territory before Driskel hustled 39 yards to the end zone to put the Owls up 31-14 where it remained at the half• The Monarchs crafted their third 75-yard scoring drive to open the second half to again cut the lead to 10• Six straight rushes led off FAU’s next scoring drive before Driskel again ran it in from seven yards out to make it 38-21 Owls with 8:31 left in the third• After the defense forced a 3-and-out by ODU, The Owls went 53 yards, ending on a 13-yard Singletary touchdown to bump the lead to 45-21• Ocie Rose and Shelton Lewis recorded interceptions to end each of the next two Monarch drives• A six rushing play, 52-yard drive featuring a 35-yard Driskel touchdown, his fourth of the night, put the Owls up 51-21 at the start of the fourth quarter• ODU’s Cox broke off a 75-yard touchdown run on the next play before the teams traded quick possessions• With 7:40 left in the game, John Franklin III took the helm at quarterback for the Owls. Three plays later, Franklin scored on an 11-yard rush to put FAU up by the final margin of 58-28
The Owls have a bye week before hosting North Texas at FAU Stadium on ESPN3 Saturday, Oct. 21 at 5 p.m. For tickets, call 1-866-FAU-OWLS or visit FAUSports.com.