Mean Green Comeback Falls Just Short, 26-23
Miami, Fla. (11/12/05) - The Florida Atlantic Owls held off a furious North Texas comeback to hang onto a 26-23 victory on Saturday afternoon at Dolphins Stadium.
Miami, Fla. (11/12/05) The Florida Atlantic Owls held off a furious North Texas comeback to hang onto a 26-23 victory on Saturday afternoon at Dolphins Stadium.
The Owls (2-8, 1-5 Sun Belt) won their second game of the season and defeated the Mean Green (2-7, 2-3 Sun Belt) for the second straight year. The loss snapped NT’s 14-game Sun Belt winning streak on the road.
After trailing by scores of 17-0 and 23-6,
Nick Bazaldua’s 47-yard field-goal attempt that would have put the game into overtime with two seconds remaining, bounced off the right upright, halting the Mean Green comeback. The senior tied the game earlier at 23-23 with his first 47-yard attempt with left on the clock.
FAU responded with a 49-yard drive that resulted with a 33-yard game-winning field goal by Daniel Kennard with left. The Owls rushed for 227 yards in the game and 378 yards of total offense.
The shifting of momentum during the game came when
After a successful on-sides kick by Denis Hopovak, Phillips and Nwigwe hooked up again for a 53-yard touchdown, which is the longest passing play by the Mean Green this year. It was Nwigwe’s first touchdown reception this season.
The Mean Green defense came up strong after Jeremiah Chapman sacked Sean Clayton on a key third-down play, resulting in an FAU punt. Starting on its own 25-yard line, the Mean Green offense moved 45 yards down the field to set up Bazuldua’s game-tying field goal.
Matt Phillips threw for a career-high 138 yards on 8-of-16 passing. Wide receiver Joel Nwigwe had a career-high seven receptions. Senior running back Patrick Cobbs had 79 yards rushing at halftime which is the second-most yards for him in the first half this season. He finished the game with 142 yards rushing.
Steve Warren led the defense with 12 tackles, including nine solo. Brandon Monroe followed with nine.