FAU Ruins Mean Green's Home Opener With 30-20 Victory
DENTON (9/22/07) - Florida Atlantic scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns to take a 30-20 victory from the North Texas football team on Saturday night in front of a crowd of 20,479 at Fouts Field. The Mean Green (0-3, 0-1) remains winless in the seaso
DENTON (9/22/07) Florida Atlantic scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns to take a 30-20 victory from the North Texas football team on Saturday night in front of a crowd of 20,479 at Fouts Field.
The Mean Green (0-3, 0-1) remains winless in the season at 0-3 and is now 0-4 in the series against the Owls (3-1, 2-0). The Owls go up 2-0 in conference play.
“I thought we did some things really well, but we had too many mistakes in the second half,” said
The Owls took its first lead of the game with a 74-yard touchdown reception from Rusty Smith to Cortez Gent midway through the fourth quarter. The touchdown gave FAU a 23-20 advantage. The visitors extended the lead to 30-20 with a rushing touchdown at 3:36, which resulted from a blocked punt.
FAU blocked two
“We came out strong, just like the SMU game,” said Daniel Meager. “Then we had a couple turnovers and that really hurt us. Anytime you have turnovers and they are able to score quick points off them, that makes it pretty easy for them.”
Senior running back Jamario Thomas looked back to form with his 11th career 100-yard rushing performance with 117 yards on 14 carries. He had a 42-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, which gave the Mean Green a 17-3 lead. The 42-yard run was the senior’s longest since he got loose against
As a team,
Casey Fitzgerald and Brandon Jackson led the receivers with 10 catches each. Fitzgerald caught 10 passes for 89 yards, including a long of 21.
Aaron Weathers and Derek Mendoza led the defense with 10 tackles each. Maurice Holman recorded the team’s lone sack of the game.
Cergile Sinclair led the FAU defense with 15 tackles and two sacks.
The announced crowd of 20,479 and was the ninth-most in Fouts Field history and the most for a Sun Belt Conference game.
North Texas returns to action on Sept. 29 when it travels to