Football: Owls defeat Charlotte 31-12 to finish Conference USA play undefeated

The Owls are just the eighth team in Conference USA history to finish conference play without a loss

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Football: Owls defeat Charlotte 31-12 to finish Conference USA play undefeated

FAU redshirt junior quarterback Jason Driskel (16) passes the football off to sophomore running back Devin Singletary (5) during the Owls 39-20 win over Middle Tennessee State on Oct. 7. Joshua Giron | Contributing Photographer

FAU redshirt junior quarterback Jason Driskel (16) passes the football off to sophomore running back Devin Singletary (5) during the Owls 39-20 win over Middle Tennessee State on Oct. 7. Joshua Giron | Contributing Photographer

FAU redshirt junior quarterback Jason Driskel (16) passes the football off to sophomore running back Devin Singletary (5) during the Owls 39-20 win over Middle Tennessee State on Oct. 7. Joshua Giron | Contributing Photographer

FAU redshirt junior quarterback Jason Driskel (16) passes the football off to sophomore running back Devin Singletary (5) during the Owls 39-20 win over Middle Tennessee State on Oct. 7. Joshua Giron | Contributing Photographer

Matt Brown, Contributing Writer

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With a 31-12 win over the Charlotte 49ers Saturday, FAU football finished Conference USA play undefeated for the first time in school history. They are just the eighth team in Conference USA history to finish conference play undefeated.

The Owls (9-3, 8-0 C-USA) have now won a school record eight straight, which is the best since becoming an FBS program in 2004. The loss gives the 49ers (1-11, 1-7 C-USA) their worst overall record in school history.

The 49ers looked to go into the second half only down by 11, until redshirt junior quarterback Jason Driskel threw a 41-yard touchdown pass to freshman wide receiver Willie Wright on 4th and 8 to give the Owls a 24-6 lead heading into the break. The game would not get any closer for Charlotte.

The 49ers defense held the Owls to only seven points in the second half, their lowest since being held scoreless in their week two loss at Wisconsin. But they could only score six points off of two fumbles forced by defensive back Ben DeLuca.

Freshman wide receiver Willie Wright had a career high nine receptions and he had over 100 receiving yards for just the second time all season. He finished with 103 receiving yards and one touchdown.

Redshirt junior quarterback Jason Driskel threw for over 200 yards for the third straight game. He finished the game 18 of 22 for 245 yards and two touchdowns

Sophomore running back Devin Singletary ran for over 100 yards for his 10th straight game. He finished the game with 19 carries for 108 yards and two touchdowns.

He extended his FBS lead to 26 rushing touchdowns for the season.

The Owls defense held the 49ers to just 12 points, their fewest allowed since holding Bethune Cookman scoreless on Sep.16 in their first win of the season.

They have forced 18 turnovers in the last eight games, but none in the last three.

49ers quarterback Hasaan Klugh threw for 171 yards and one touchdown. He also had the team’s lone rushing touchdown.

Running back Benny LeMay had a season-high 42 receiving yards and a receiving touchdown.

Wide receiver T.L. Ford II tied his season high of 50 receiving yards, which included a season long 44-yard reception.

The Owls will now host the Conference USA title game for the first time in school history against North Texas. They previously beat North Texas this season 69-31 on Oct. 21 in the highest scoring output in FAU history.

The game kicks off at noon at FAU Stadium on Saturday, Dec. 2.

Matt Brown is a contributing writer with the University Press. For information regarding this or other stories, email [email protected] or tweet him @mattyb407.