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The Florida Atlantic Owls will be returning home after a two-game road trip. They will take on the Rice Owls at 6 p.m. ET on Saturday at FAU Stadium after a week off. Rice should still be riding high after a victory, while Florida Atlantic will be looking to right the ship.
Florida Atlantic ended up a good deal behind the North Texas Mean Green when they played two weeks ago, losing 45-28. Florida Atlantic was down 42-21 at the end of the third quarter, which was just too much to recover from. Despite the defeat, they had strong showings from QB N’Kosi Perry, who passed for two TDs and 295 yards on 50 attempts in addition to punching in one rushing touchdown, and RB Larry McCammon III, who snatched one receiving TD. McCammon III hadn’t helped his team much against the Purdue Boilermakers three weeks ago, so this was a nice turnaround for him.
Meanwhile, even if it wasn’t a dominant performance, Rice beat the UAB Blazers 28-24 two weeks ago. No one had a standout game offensively for Rice, but they got scores from RB Ari Broussard and RB Dean Connors.
Florida Atlantic is the favorite in this one, with an expected 4-point margin of victory. Those burned by picking them against the spread two weeks ago might want to keep in mind that the team has not yet dropped back-to-back games against the spread this season.
Florida Atlantic is now 2-4 while Rice sits at 3-2. A pair of stats to keep in the back of your head while watching: Florida Atlantic ranks 15th in the nation when it comes to passing touchdowns, with 15 on the season. But Rice comes into the matchup boasting the 33rd fewest passing touchdowns allowed in the nation at seven. These opposing strengths should make for an exciting matchup.
RECAP | Rice falls to Florida Atlantic.
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Smoke Mungin with the PBU to seal the win! #WinningInParadise https://t.co/c40UWN9DqW pic.twitter.com/yNp1lgYimm
Final from Boca Raton. pic.twitter.com/AoxlCBihJz
A DOMINANT defensive effort tonight! #WinningInParadise pic.twitter.com/8SpiDASydg
Defense holds on 4th down! Rice is out of timeouts!
Victory formation upcoming!
4:18, 4th Q: FAU 17 – Rice 14 pic.twitter.com/P560NwztQj
Defense answers the call once again, forcing FAU to punt in a crucial 3rd and long!
Sean Fresch gets a hefty return of the punt, setting up the offense in FAU territory!#GoOwls👐 x #RFND
Rice drives down to the FAU red zone but Dwight Toombs comes up with the HUGE INT on 2nd and 5!
8:03, 4th Q: FAU 17 – Rice 14 pic.twitter.com/XhBvjDLmoH
Rice offense finds themselves in the redzone pressuring!#GoOwls👐 x #RFND
We’ve been waiting patiently for a big play from the offense… and we just got it! N’Kosi Perry hits Jahmal Edrine in the back corner of the end zone for an 18-yard TD! FAU in the lead!
11:22, 4th Q: FAU 17 – Rice 14 pic.twitter.com/jqW4MDnclT
FAU puts together a scoring drive to take the lead.
Kirk Lockhart drops his shoulder and forces the ball out of the FAU ballcarriers possession, causing a fumble into the endzone and out of bounds. By rule that is a touchback! Rice ball!#GoOwls👐 x #RFND pic.twitter.com/O3mg3W0yko
Offense drives all the way to the Rice 5-yard line… LaJohntay Wester gets hit at the goal line and the ball goes out of bounds in the endzone. Touchback and Rice takes over at the 20.
End of 3: FAU 10 – Rice 14
Ikenna Enechukwu bringing the pressure! He picks up a QB hurry that forces an incompletion!#GoOwls👐 x #RFND pic.twitter.com/naoS5Qx4r5
McMahon and Rozner have had the chemistry all night. They start the drive with a 9 yard pass and catch and Broussard gets the first down the next play!#GoOwls👐 x #RFND
Defense holds the FAU offense to a field goal.
8:28, 3rd Q: FAU 10 – Rice 14 pic.twitter.com/8DcGpfDgvA
Rice kicks to start the second half as Tim Horn boots it out of the back of the endzone for a touchback!#GoOwls👐 x #RFND
Battling 💪#GoOwls👐 x #RFND pic.twitter.com/IjkkkW6N6h
A closer look at the numbers halfway through!
For more live stats📈: https://t.co/vqtkc0iqL0#GoOwls👐 x #RFND pic.twitter.com/g5yW6r0ZfG
Hold strong! Rice keeps the FAU offense at bay to maintain the 7 point lead at half!
Your Leaders at Half:
Bradley Rozner: 3 Rec, 124 yds, TD
Myron Morrison: 6 Tkl, 1 PBU#GoOwls👐 x #RFND pic.twitter.com/lk4IL9PN6W
Defense did work in the first half… 2 sacks, 2 turnovers, and held Rice to 1-5 on 3rd down! pic.twitter.com/FuRx9kFbsp
Interception! Smoke Mungin with the pick to give the offense a chance in Rice territory!
1:30, 2nd Q: FAU 7 – Rice 14 pic.twitter.com/JoDJAdUe1J
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