Jacksonville Sports Day

Owls Extend Home Winning Streak with 24-2 Victory over UMass

BOCA RATON – Florida Atlantic University football finished off the home portion of their 2020 schedule undefeated, after Friday night’s 24-2 win over UMass at FAU Stadium.

All told, the Owls (5-1) have now won eight straight games at their home field.

After a nearly scoreless first half, with the Owls up 7-0, the QB tandem of Nick Tronti and Javion Posey each contributed to back-to-back scores in the third to virtually put the game away.

Tronti entered when Posey’s helmet came off and found Brandon Robinson for a touchdown; Posey rumbled down the field untouched for a 70-yard score just two minutes later.

UMass (0-3) notched their only points on a safety, blocking a punt out of the back of the Owls’ end zone. The Minutemen had some momentum, moving it into FAU territory with a couple of first downs, but Leighton McCarthy snuffed out that drive with a sack on 4th down.

“(It was) great that our guys found a way to win, but all year long, take care of ‘Paradise.’ It was good for our guys to come here and go undefeated at home,” said head coach Willie Taggart. “It was something we talked about at the beginning of the year and we got that done. Our defense played great and it was exciting to see them finally get some takeaways, to hold (UMass) to two points was big time. Offensively, we’ve got a lot of work to do. We didn’t run the ball the way we’re capable of. There’s a lot of work to do on the offensive side of the ball, but it was a good win.”

After holding the Minutemen to a three-and-out on the game’s first drive, the Owls scored a touchdown on their first possession for the first time on the year. On 4th and 4, Posey extended the drive with a 31-yard run; BJ Emmons went in from a yard out for the score.

That would be the only points for either team for the entirety of the first half.

FAU doubled their advantage on a 15-play drive to start the third quarter. The score came on the Tronti pass to Robinson, on 3rd-and-goal from the 13, and the redshirt junior wideout showed great concentration to haul in the catch.

UMass was then forced to their fifth three-and-out, the Owls took over on the 30, and Posey returned to the game with the immediate 70-yard TD.

The Owls are scheduled to head out on the road for the final three weeks of the regular season, and are back in C-USA play next Saturday at Middle Tennessee. The matchup in Murfreesboro is a 3:30 p.m.

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