Sin­gle­tary FAU’s all-time lead­ing scorer

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - College Football - By Doug Dyer Cor­re­spon­dent

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — With his two touch­down runs in the first quar­ter, Devin Sin­gle­tary passed Greg Joseph for first in FAU all-time scor­ing his­tory with 342 points to Joseph’s 330.

Through two-plus years, the ju­nior is the na­tion’s No. 1 ac­tive leader in rush­ing touch­downs, with 54 com­ing into Sat­ur­day’s game.

FAU look­ing to turn around Murfreesboro fu­til­ity: Flor­ida At­lantic came into Sat­ur­day’s game hav­ing lost 11 of its last 13 matchups with the Blue Raiders, in­clud­ing the last six in Murfreesboro. Last sea­son’s con­fer­ence-open­ing 38-20 vic­tory was the first win over the Blue Raiders since 2007’s 27-14 home win. The Owls had pre­vi­ously won at MTSU in 2004 when both teams were in the Sun Belt Con­fer­ence. A 27-20 FAU vic­tory came in the midst of a 9-3 sea­son and 3-3 fin­ish in the league.

Sny­der blocks first FAU kick of 2018: Hunter Sny­der’s block of Crews Holt’s 46-yard field goal at­tempt in the se­cond quar­ter was the first blocked kick by the Owls’ spe­cial teams this sea­son. FAU has al­ready had

three kicks blocked but had not got­ten to the op­pos­ing team’s kicker. The block was also the first al­lowed by MTSU this sea­son.

Sin­gle­tary car­ries the load: Sin­gle­tary has av­er­aged 19.5 rush­ing at­tempts through the first four games, but the ju­nior car­ried it 22 times in the first half Sat­ur­day for 79 yards. Com­ing off his ca­reer high of 1,920 yards a year ago, Sin­gle­tary was av­er­ag­ing

85 rush­ing yards per game com­ing in.

Owls de­fense bends but doesn’t break: MTSU’s 10 first half points is the se­cond low­est al­lowed by the Owls so far this sea­son, the low­est be­ing seven points against Air Force. The Blue Raider of­fense was ranked No. 2 na­tion­ally in third-down con­ver­sions this sea­son at 47.8 per­cent, but con­verted just 3 of 7 third downs in the first half. The Owls, con­versely,

picked up 5 of 9 third downs and con­verted their only fourth-down at­tempt.

Ro­bi­son does it with his legs: FAU quar­ter­back Chris Ro­bi­son’s 45-yard touch­down run in the se­cond quar­ter marked the long­est run from scrim­mage this year for the Owls, ahead of Sin­gle­tary with a

36-yard run. FAU rushed for

184 yards as a team through the first two quar­ters.

RALPH NO­TARO/FAU ATH­LET­ICS

Run­ning back Devin Sin­gle­tary rushes Sat­ur­day night at MTSU in a game in which he set the Owls’ ca­reer scor­ing record.

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