Jacksonville Sports Day

FAU Takes C-USA Opener over Charlotte, 45-27

FAU RB Malcolm Davidson rushes for the first of his two touchdowns against Charlotte. (Photo courtesy FAU Athletics)

CHARLOTTE – The Florida Atlantic University Owls piled up 557 yards of offense in taking their 2019 Conference USA opener, 45-27, over Charlotte at Jerry Richardson Stadium on Saturday.

“We were able to stop the run today, kind of made them one-dimensional at some points,” said head coach Lane Kiffin. “Going on the road, you pack your run game, you pack your defense. We played good defense and we ran the ball.”

The Owls wasted no time getting on the board, as on their first play, Deangelo Antoine took a reverse 66 yards – the team’s longest play of the year thus far – to the 3, and Larry McCammon punched it in on the next snap.

Malcolm Davidson has 83 yards and two touchdowns.

Saturday marked QB Chris Robison’s third straight 300-yard pass game, and fifth in two seasons. The redshirt sophomore was an efficient 20-for-27 for 312 yards and two scores.

A Robison-to-Pico Harrisonpass resulted in an 18-yard touchdown strike in the closing seconds of the first half.

The Owls’ defense combined for eight tackles for loss, three sacks, nine quarterback hurries, three interceptions and five pass breakups.

They also held Charlotte’s rushing attack to just 52 yards on the day (and 1.9 yards per carry).

C-USA’s leading rusher, Benny Lemay, gained only 46 yards on 11 carries.

Defensive backs Da’Von Brown and Ahman Ross led the way with six and five tackles, respectively. For Ross, that represents a new career high. Cornerback Meiko Dotson has two interceptions.

Kicker Vladi Rivas shanked an extra point off the upright and pushed a 31-yard field goal wide. The one field goal he did make squeezed inside the left upright.

The Owls are on a bye next weekend, and return to FAU Stadium next time out, Oct. 12 versus Middle Tennessee. Kickoff is 4 p.m.

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