Football: Preview versus Western Kentucky

FAU looks to continue its winning streak against the Hilltoppers.


FAU sophomore running back Devin Singletary (5) gets tackled by North Texas redshirt junior linebacker E.J. Ejiya (22) during their game last Saturday. FAU went on to beat the Mean Green 69-31. Alexander Rodriguez | Photo Editor

Zach Evans, Contributing Writer

Florida Atlantic Football has been on a tear the last three weeks, winning three straight games during Conference USA play. After scoring 127 points in the last two weeks, FAU also broke their all-time scoring record twice in two weeks.

This offensive production has come mainly from redshirt junior quarterback Jason Driskel and sophomore running back Devin Singletary. Driskel has racked up 641 yards and seven touchdowns in the three game winning streak, while Singletary has contributed 450 yards and nine touchdowns.

Singletary and Driskel will look to be huge contributing factors as they have been all season. Driskel, who was named Conference USA offensive player of the week this week, will look to continue his success, including a performance last week where he went 24-of-35 for 357 yards of passing and two touchdowns against North Texas.

Now FAU looks ahead to another Conference USA foe in 5-2 Western Kentucky. Scoring 26.68 points per game, this Hilltopper team can still hold their own after winning the conference title last year. They have scored twenty five touchdowns and have 2,671 yards on the year.

Western Kentucky, like FAU, is currently on a four game win streak after beating Ball State, UTEP, Charlotte and Old Dominion. Western Kentucky is currently third in Conference USA and could swap places with second place FAU if they were to win.

Singletary who has brought multiple touchdown games four times in a row this season will more than likely be one of the biggest factors for the Owls. Singletary has been arguably the team’s best scorer this year, with 804 yards and 14 touchdowns so far.

If Singletary is held back by the Hilltoppers, the Owls may stumble a bit offensively. FAU works best when it can run plays quickly, so multiple three-and-outs will make the team struggle more like they did early in the season.

On the ground for WKU, running back Baker Quinton leads on the ground with 229 yards and one touchdown. He had 14 carries for 74 yards last week at Old Dominion.

FAU’s defense will be key in holding off White’s production. After forcing three turnovers last week, they will look to put the pressure on the quarterback formerly out of Broward and have him make a mistake.

Zach Evans is a contributing writer with the University Press. For information regarding this or other stories, email [email protected] or tweet him at @zachevanstweets.