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COLLEGE FOOTBALL: FAU Runs Over FIU in Shula Bowl XIX, 38-19

UNIVERSITY PARK – Florida Atlantic University football made it four Shula Bowl victories in a row over FIU, taking the 19th annual event between the two schools, 38-19, on Friday night at Riccardo Silva Stadium.

The Owls (4-1, 4-1 Conference USA) rushed for 381 yards, the program’s most in a game since the Shula Bowl two years ago, against FIU in 2018 (439 yards), and accumulated 461 yards of total offense. Javion Posey set a new FAU single-game rushing record by a quarterback with 182 yards on 18 carries.

The Owls scored the first 10 points of the game, but the Panthers (0-4, 0-2 C-USA) threatened after a one-play scoring drive and then recovering a fumble in FAU territory. The FAU defense buckled down to give up just four yards and a field goal that tied things up, and quickly scored on their next possession (four plays, 75 yards), the first seven of 14 points unanswered.

“It felt great to see our guys go out and put a game together as a football team. It was really good to see our offense put some things together,” said FAU head coach Willie Taggart. “We’ve been trying to establish an identity, something we haven’t done all year, it was good to see those guys go out and play the way that they did. The way they started the game, to go out and score on the opening drive, it was really good.”

FIU turned to their second quarterback and were driving at the end of the third and into the fourth quarter, to 1st-and-goal at the FAU eight-yard line. But a completion for no gain, a rush for four yards and an incomplete pass preceded just another field goal. Once more, the Owls immediately responded, with James Charles bouncing off multiple defenders for a 32-yard rushing score.

Next week, FAU will suit up for the second straight time under the Friday night lights, at home on Nov. 20 hosting UMass at 8 p.m. Just like tonight, the game will air on CBS Sports Network.

For tickets, visit FAU’s football tickets website or call 1-866-FAU-OWLS.

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