Football: Preview versus Louisiana Tech

The Owls would stay atop Conference USA’s east division with a victory.


FAU freshman wide receiver Willie Wright (86) scores a touchdown for FAU against Marshall last Friday night. FAU went on to win 30-25 against Marshall. Alexander Rodriguez | Photo Editor

Matt Brown, Contributing Writer

After beating Marshall 30-25 for the first-time in school history last week, FAU travels to Louisiana Tech for the first ever meeting between the two programs.

The Owls (6-3, 5-0 C-USA) are ranked first in the conference and are on a five-game win streak. This is tied for the second longest in program history and the longest since 2004 when the team started the year 5-0 before finishing with an overall record of 9-3. They are bowl eligible for the first time since 2013.

The Bulldogs (4-5, 2-3 C-USA) are coming off a 24-23 loss to North Texas, who FAU beat three weeks ago 69-31. They are ranked fifth in the west and eighth overall in the 14-team conference.

The Owls offense averages 38.4 points and 284 rushing yards per game, which are both first in Conference USA. They are led by sophomore running back and three-time reigning Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week Devin Singletary.

Last week, Singletary rushed for over 200 yards for the second straight week along with scoring a rushing and a receiving touchdown. This


“I like being involved in the passing game,” said Singletary. “I try to get the ball in my hands as much as possible.”

Singletary is currently first in the nation in rushing touchdowns (19) and sixth in rushing yards per game (140).

The Owls go up against a Bulldog defense that allows 28.9 points per game along with 153 rushing yards on average. They are currently ranked second in Conference USA with 12 interceptions in the season and have five players who have recorded multiple picks on the year.

Redshirt senior offensive lineman Antonyo Woods wants to make sure they bring their best performance to be successful.

“They are a very versatile defense,” said Woods. “They have a very experienced defensive line. The linebackers are pretty good along with the secondary.”

The Bulldog offense is led by running back Boston Scott. who averages 5.7 yards a carry. He has six rushing touchdowns for the season, with five of them coming within the last three games.

Sophomore quarterback J’Mar Smith passed for 168 yards last week, his lowest total since the second game of the season when he passed for 140 yards against Mississippi State.

The Owls defense is led by junior safety Jalen Young. He is second in the nation in interceptions (5) and he tied the school record for interceptions in a game with three last week against Marshall.

Junior linebacker Azeez Al-Shaair believes Young plays a very key role on the defense.

“He does a lot of things that a lot of the other DBs couldn’t pick up on as fast as he’s done,” said Al-Shaair. “Having him be the leader of the secondary helps out a lot.”

The Owls defense currently leads the nation for most interceptions (18).

Placekicker Jonathan Barnes matched his season high total in points last week against North Texas with 11. He was 3-4 on field goals and a perfect 2-2 on extra points. He has converted on 17 of his 23-field goal tries this season along with 27 of his 30 PATs.

Graduate student placekicker Greg Joseph was recently named a semi-finalist for the Lou Groza Award given to the nation’s best kicker. He has made 41-of-43 extra point attempts for the season in addition to 11-of-12 field goals.

He currently holds the record for multiple statistics at FAU including extra points (139), field goals (52) and total points (295.)

The game kicks off on Saturday, Nov. 11 at 3:30 P.M. EST at Joe Aillet Stadium.

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