FAU was completely trampled by the University of South Florida 31-3 on Saturday, Oct. 2nd at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. To sum up FAU’s performance in one word: Pathetic.
The Owls had first possession of the ball, but it was USF (3-1) who gained a two-touchdown head start in the first quarter as the Bulls took advantage of FAU’s (1-3, 0-1) countless mistakes.
Not only were blatant penalties a running theme for FAU, but the offensive line struggled to contain the continuous blitz. Quarterback Jeff Van Camp was sacked seven times, which is just one shy of an FAU school record. On one drive alone, Van Camp was sacked on back to back plays. His frustration was made known as he slammed his fist into the ground. Eventually, late in the fourth quarter, Van Camp was injured on a fumble forced by USF linebacker Sam Barrington. This brought in backup Graham Wilbert, but the damage was already done.
The sad truth about this game is we saw more of punter Mickey Groody than we did of running back Alfred Morris. Even that being said, Groody struggled to get punts off as the Bulls special teams continuously assaulted him. In the first quarter, USF managed to block a punt and run it in for a touchdown.
FAU’s only score came late in the second quarter on a 29-yard field goal by kicker Ross Gornall, making the score 14-3 going into the second half. However, USF showed no mercy as they continued to stomp all over the the Owls defense who unfortunately was playing without four members of their backfield. The reason: following the loss to North Texas, players Tavious Polo, Daniel Joseph, David Terrell, and Demetrius Williamson were suspened due to a party that took place. Polo, who is a starter, was listed as a host to the party on a flier that was handed out on the Boca Raton Campus. Nothing has been said as to what happened at the party that would warrant suspensions, but the fact that this even took place tells me the team is lacking discipline.
The Owls defense once again could not contain the opposing quarterback as B.J. Daniels rushed for 36 yards on seven carries. Daniels finished 10-15 for 130 yards.
Not only could they not contain any sort of run, but simple rules like tackles out of bounds, and pass interference were rampant. Perhaps it was just out of pure frustration, but even so, there is no excuse for that kind of behavior. I put the blame on the coaches for the lack of discipline. It felt like I was watching a high school football game.
Bottom Line: Although FAU was in over there heads with this matchup, they seemed extremely unprepared. The O-lines showed their youth and inexperience as their performance was horrendous. While the defense struggled to contain the quarterback, the offense couldn’t get anything positive going. If they continue to play the way they did in this one, they may struggle to win another game this season.
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Written by Mark Gibson
Mark Gibson is a senior media communications major at Florida Atlantic University. He is a staff reporter who covers sports and entertainment for the FAU student Newspaper, University Press. He also runs a podcast and website that reviews video games and new electronics. On his downtime, he loves playing his guitar and currently plays bass in a local band.