Better luck sixth time?

Michael Allen

After falling apart in the fourth quarter against Arkansas State, FAU will try to regroup for its game against archrival FIU on Saturday, Oct. 30, in the annual Shula Bowl.

After last weekend’s loss to the Red Wolves, the Owls are on a five-game losing streak and have dropped to a lowly 1-5 record on the season and 0-3 in Sun Belt Conference play. The Golden Panthers (2-4, 2-0) are riding a two-game winning streak and each of their losses has come at the hands of teams from BCS conferences.

The Owls lead the all-time series against FIU, 7-1, with the Panthers’ only win coming in 2005 by a score of 52-6. However, that game was later forfeited by FIU due to NCAA sanctions.

FAU will hope to keep that record intact while also improving on its dreadful first half of the season.

“It sickens me to start 1-5, we’re a better team than that,” said running back Alfred Morris.

The FAU offense has struggled to score points this season, ranking 108th in the nation in points per game with 17.

Receiver Lester Jean leads the conference with 34 receptions for 512 yards and three touchdowns, but the offensive line has been decimated due to injuries.

On defense, the Owls will try to put pressure on quarterback Wesley Carroll with freshman defensive end Cory Henry, who is tied for third in the conference with four sacks.

FIU will counter with an offense that has only allowed seven sacks in six games. On defense, the Golden Panthers feature All-Sun Belt Conference cornerback Anthony Gaitor, who is tied for the conference lead with two interceptions this season.

“We haven’t let them beat us in a long time,” said Morris.

This is FAU’s homecoming game and will mark the first time the teams have played each other at Lockhart Stadium. The games have previously been played at Sun Life Stadium, FIU Stadium and the Orange Bowl in Miami.

Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30.