Football: FAU dominated in season opener at No. 7 Oklahoma

It was the Owls’ worst margin of defeat in nearly two years, giving up 42 of the Sooners’ 63 points in the first half.


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Colby Guy, Contributing Writer

The 2018 season got off to a rough start for the Florida Atlantic Owls, as they suffered a 63-14 defeat at the hands of the No. 7 Oklahoma Sooners

The Sooners were favored by over two touchdowns heading into the game. And they quickly proved too much to handle for the underdog, FAU.

After FAU’s opening drive stalled out, Oklahoma took an early 7-0 lead off of a 30-yard rushing touchdown from Rodney Anderson.

The Owls looked to answer back, but a blocked punt that rolled into the endzone allowed the Sooners to take a 14-0 lead early in the first.

The Sooners kept striking on offense. And the Owls continued to fail in answering back. A 65-yard passing touchdown from Kyler Murray to Lee Morris, a 17-yard rushing touchdown from Trey Sermon, and a 65-yard scamper from Rodney Anderson allowed Oklahoma to take a 35-0 lead with 13 minutes left in the second quarter.

The Sooners were able to score eight touchdowns on their first 11 drives, taking a 56-0 lead before FAU could get a single point on the board.

The Owls finally found the endzone on a five-yard run from Devin Singletary with less than a minute to go in the third.

After another Oklahoma touchdown made it 63-7, Kerrith Whyte, Jr. capped off a 15-play, 75-yard drive, for the Owls second touchdown of the game.

Chris Robison started at quarterback and showed some potential early, but was pulled after the third quarter, ending his day with a line of 15-26 for 157 yards and no touchdowns.

Rafe Peavey took over at quarterback to start the fourth quarter and threw an interception on his lone drive of the game, going 2-3 for 24 yards and an interception.

De’Andre Johnson came in next, leading the Owls on the aforementioned 15-play scoring drive.

Johnson completed only one of his three passes for 11 yards. He also added 39 yards on the ground.

Singletary was one of the game’s lone bright spots, picking up 69 yards on his 18 rushing attempts.

The Owls look to bounce back next week in their home opener against Air Force. The matchup with the Falcons is set for 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8 at FAU Stadium.

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