Tampa Bay Sports Day

FAU: Owls Show Fight in Battle in 31-14 Loss to No. 9 Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. – The Florida Atlantic University football team hung tight with No. 9 Wisconsin on the road Saturday afternoon, with the Badgers taking a hard-fought 31-14 victory at Camp Randall Stadium.

Wisconsin (2-0) scored on long runs on both their second and third drives to open up an early 14-0 lead over the Owls (0-2). The deficit was cut in half as FAU QB Daniel Parr found a wide-open DeAndre McNeal for 63 yards and a score with 3:09 to go in the 1st quarter

“(It was) a disappointing outcome of the game,” said Head Coach Lane Kiffin. “We got off to a slow start, and we expected to come up here and win the game. Versus a top-10 team, a very well-coached team like this with a lot of great players, if you go down 14-0, it’s going to be tough … That put us in a hole, and from there on, it’s 17-14 the rest of the game. We can’t put ourselves in those situations, especially on the road versus a great team like this.”

Parr found tight end Harrison Bryant for a 14-yard completion down to the 1, and “Motor” Devin Singletary punched it in to make it a seven-point deficit again, 21-14, at the 4:29 mark of the 2nd quarter.

Jalen Young paced the Owls with 14 tackles, Azeez Al-Shaair was in double digits for the second straight game with 10, and Shelton Lewis added a career-high seven.

The Owls are scheduled to return home to FAU Football Stadium to take on Bethune-Cookman next Saturday, Sept. 16. Kickoff is at 6:30 p.m.

GAME NOTES: Parr took every snap under center for the Owls, throwing for 142 yards and the score to McNeal.
McNeal would end up with 103 receiving yards on three catches, tying for the team lead in the latter category with Henry Bussey III. Devin Singletary led the team in rushing with 68 yards. Three different Owls’ running backs had carries of 10 yards or more – Singletary had a 26-yard run, “Buddy’ Gregory Howell, Jr. had a rush of 20, and Kerrith Whyte, Jr. had one for 11.