FAU shines in home opener against Air Force

Chris Robison threw for a school-record 471 yards in his second career start.


Alexander Rodriguez

FAU redshirt freshman quarterback Chris Robison (2) decides where to throw the football before being tackled by the Air Force defense. Photo by Alexander Rodriguez

Zachary Weinberger, Contributing Writer

After suffering a crushing loss to Oklahoma last Saturday, the Owls came back home and beat the Air Force Falcons 33-26.

Chris Robison, in his second start as quarterback, threw for three touchdowns and 471 yards, breaking Rusty Smith’s single game record of 463.

FAU started the game with back-to-back drives to the red zone but settled for a pair of field goals.

The offense was rolling today, especially receivers Jovon Durante and Tavaris Harrison, who had 174 and 138 receiving yards respectively. Willie Wright also had a solid game, gaining 75 yards of his own along with two touchdowns.

The passing game was dominant but the running game was anything but. Devin Singletary had only 57 yards on his 16 carries — he did, however, score the first touchdown of the game. Even though it was a serviceable performance from the Heisman hopeful, it didn’t quite live up to the insanely high expectations he set up for himself thus far into his career.

After a 10-tackle performance, linebacker Azeez Al-Shaair now holds the record for most solo tackles in program history (184). Linebacker Rashad Smith also tallied a career-high 16 tackles and secured his team’s victory with a late interception — his first pick as an Owl.

Lane Kiffin and the Owls had the bounce back game they needed after the big loss to Oklahoma. They look to continue that success against Bethune-Cookman next week. The matchup against the Wildcats is set for Saturday, Sept.15 at FAU Stadium.

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