West­ern Ken­tucky at FAU

Sun Sentinel Palm Beach Edition - - SPORTS - David Furones

When/where: 5 p.m., FAU Sta­dium, Boca Ra­ton

TV: No TV (live stream pro­duced by Sta­dium at face­book.com/ LiveCUSAFoot­ball) Ra­dio: ESPN West Palm 106.3 FM

Weather: 80 de­grees, 35 per­cent chance of rain. On­line: Cov­er­age at SunSen­tinel.com/fau; @DavidFurones_ on Twit­ter. Quick slant: FAU looks to build off the mo­men­tum of dom­i­nat­ing Shula Bowl ri­val FIU in a 49-14 rout in Mi­ami. The Owls face a West­ern Ken­tucky team that has won just one game and is win­less in Con­fer­ence USA. About FAU (4-5, 2-3 C-USA): Red­shirt ju­nior QB De’An­dre John­son sparked the Owls’ of­fense since his in­ser­tion in the sec­ond quar­ter of the win against FIU. Coach Lane Kif­fin has not com­mit­ted to a starter, but con­ven­tional wis­dom tells you it’s hard to go away from John­son. About West­ern Ken­tucky (1-8, 0-5): Se­nior QB Drew Eck­els re­turned last week and had a rough go against Mid­dle Ten­nessee State, com­plet­ing just 37 per­cent of his passes.

Three things to watch

■ The Owls say they’re mo­ti­vated to fin­ish strong. Can they keep up the level of play against a team hav­ing a down year?

■ FAU should lean on its run­ning game, and why not af­ter rush­ing for 439 yards against FIU?

■ An­drew Soroh’s play at mid­dle linebacker. The red­shirt se­nior has been crit­i­cal in keep­ing the Owls’ de­fense afloat af­ter the loss of Azeez Al-Shaair, the pro­gram’s all-time lead­ing tack­ler, to a sea­son-end­ing knee in­jury.

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