Sin­gle­tary sets FAU TD record

Star run­ning back scores five times in easy win over BC

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Colleges - By David Furones South Florida Sun Sentinel [email protected]­sen­tinel.com / @DavidFurones_

BOCA RA­TON – Devin “Mo­tor” Sin­gle­tary is back up and run­ning for Florida At­lantic — scor­ing­wise, at least.

Af­ter be­ing held in check in FAU’s first two games, the ju­nior run­ning back out of Amer­i­can Her­itage-Del­ray went off for a school-record five rush­ing touch­downs in the Owls’ 49-28 vic­tory over Bethune-Cook­man at FAU Sta­dium on Satur­day night.

The vic­tory against the Wild­cats, FAU’s lone Foot­ball Cham­pi­onship Sub­di­vi­sion (FCS, for­mer Di­vi­sion I-AA) op­po­nent on the sched­ule, comes as the Owls (2-1) now face a short week to play at No. 18 UCF on Fri­day night. The Knights (2-0) hold the na­tion’s long­est win streak (15) af­ter go­ing un­de­feated last sea­son and top­ping Auburn in the Peach Bowl.

FAU started fast, up 29-0 af­ter Sin­gle­tary scored four touch­downs in the first quar­ter with the other com­ing in the se­cond. The four scores in a quar­ter tied a Con­fer­ence USA record.

For all the scor­ing pro­duc­tion from Sin­gle­tary, how­ever, he only ran for 84 yards on 19 car­ries. His long­est score was from 18 yards out and three of them were from the 1 or 2-yard line.

The win, over­all, was not nearly

as im­pres­sive as last year’s 45-0 de­ci­sion over the Wild­cats. The Owls al­lowed 332 to­tal yards. Wild­cats quar­ter­back Ake­vi­ous Wil­liams was 18 of 26 for 201 yards and three touch­downs, run­ning in another score.

“A tale of two games,” FAU coach Lane Kif­fin said. “We re­ally played sloppy af­ter [start­ing up 29-0].”

Get­ting the run­ning game go­ing was an em­pha­sis this week for Kif­fin and the Owls af­ter Sin­gle­tary, fac­ing de­fenses stack­ing the box against him, was held un­der 100 yards for one touch­down in each of the first two games against Ok­la­homa and Air Force.

Ker­rith Whyte car­ried 15 times for 100 yards. FAU, as a team, to­taled 376 rush­ing yards.

Red­shirt fresh­man quar­ter­back Chris Ro­bi­son, af­ter set­ting mul­ti­ple FAU sin­gle-game pass­ing marks in the Owls’ home opener against Air Force, was un­der­whelm­ing in his third ca­reer start.

Ro­bi­son did com­plete 16 of 27 passes for 171 yards, but threw two in­ter­cep­tions. In the third quar­ter, on his fi­nal drive, he capped it by throw­ing his lone touch­down pass — a 10-yarder to Jovon Du­rante, who ath­let­i­cally man­aged to get a foot down in­bounds in the end zone as he dove to make the catch.

Du­rante had seven catches for

72 yards. Tight end Har­ri­son Bryant hauled in five passes for 82.

Ro­bi­son was re­lieved late in the third quar­ter by red­shirt ju­nior De’An­dre John­son. On the first play of the fourth quar­ter, he bull­dozed a Bethune de­fender near the side­line, kept his feet in­bounds and ran for a 21-yard touch­down. He also com­pleted his one pass for

11 yards.

Fol­low­ing the one se­ries for John­son, grad­u­ate stu­dent Rafe Peavey came in. He and run­ning back Sil­ver Saun­ders led a nearly

10-minute drive in the fourth quar­ter that ended in a turnover on downs.

Another em­pha­sis for Kif­fin this week was to cre­ate more turnovers af­ter only com­ing up with one take­away in the Owls’ first two games. Linebacker Rashad Smith came away with an in­ter­cep­tion on Satur­day for the se­cond straight week. The Owls also had Ah­man Ross force a fum­ble and Saun­ders re­cover it on a kick­off in the first quar­ter.

While FAU has a quick turn­around ahead of vis­it­ing UCF, the Knights come in rested af­ter what es­sen­tially turned into a bye week as their game at North Carolina was can­celed due to Hur­ri­cane Florence.

MICHAEL LAUGHLIN/SUN SENTINEL

Florida At­lantic run­ning back Devin Sin­gle­tary scores one of his touch­downs in the first quar­ter against Bethune Cook­man on Satur­day.

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