FAU fell for the fifth consecutive game this season as they took on Arkansas State University at ASU stadium in Jonesboro, Arkansas on Saturday, Oct. 23rd.
It seemed as though FAU (1-5, 0-3) had a firm grip on this game, but the team fell apart in the fourth quarter allowing ASU (3-5, 3-2) to score four touchdowns in under ten minuets. Quarterback Jeff Van Camp had a very lopsided game. He had his shining moments like a 80 yard after the catch touchdown hookup with wide receiver Lester Jean, which was a career high for both players. However, the O-line struggled to hold off a hungry Red Wolves defense as the game progressed. three sacks, a pair of interceptions, and a costly fumble haunted Van Camp.
It wasn’t just poor offense that hurt the Owls. They consistently shot themselves in the foot with petty penalties. On one drive alone, two touchdowns were called back pushing the Owls from the ASU four yard line back to the 19 which forced them to settle with a 36 yard field goal.
The really baffling thing about this game was the battle of the special teams. Strange play calls, poor decisions, and sloppiness were a big theme on both ends of the ball. It started with a 9 yard fake punt sprint by ASU punter Neely Sullivent in the second quarter. Unfortunately, this is a situation that is all too familiar with FAU as it happened twice in their last game against ULM. However, it wasn’t just FAU that struggled. ASU kicker Bobby Zalud made crucial mistakes throughout the game missing an extra point in the second quarter and then having a 32 yard field goal attempt blocked by Michael Lockley.
The strangest play call came from FAU early in the fourth quarter. After the 36 yard field goal by kicker Ross Gornall which gave the Owls a 16-9 lead, FAU decided to do an onside kick…kinda. I’m not quite sure if they intended it to be an onside because both teams looked rather surprised by the play. Despite the confusion, FAU managed to recover the ball, but the teams running theme of the game came back to haunt them as an off sides call on FAU forced them to re-kick.
Following the onside kick fiasco, ASU turned up the heat scoring four consecutive touchdowns in under ten minuets which shattered FAU’s lead. It started with a 28 yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Anthony Robinson which tied the game 16-16, followed by a 37 yard touchdown interception by ASU defensive back Adrian Hills. On the Owls next possession, Van Camp fumbled into FAU’s own end zone and was recovered by ASU. However, due to a penalty the Red Wolves were forced to start on FAU’s one yard line were running back Jermaine Robertson punched the ball in for a touchdown making the score 16-30. The onslaught didn’t stop there. As the Owls worked to move the ball down field, Hills snagged another interception which set up a four yard touchdown sprint by Robinson giving ASU the 37-16 victory.
Bottom Line: Control is the them for FAU this week. They completely lost it in the fourth quarter. This game was going in the favor of the Owls, but penalties and poor decisions by the offense killed any change of victory.
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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.