Tampa Bay Sports Day

FAU: Antoine and Robison Lead Owls over Wagner, 42-7

BOCA RATON – The Wagner College football team dropped a 42-7 decision at FBS member Florida Atlantic University in front of 14,210 fans on Saturday night at Howard Schnellenberger Field at FAU Stadium.

“Good team win … Your goal is to improve and play better in all areas, and a lot of times we did that. Quarterback (Chris Robison) played really good again, two weeks in a row, nine touchdowns and no interceptions these past two weeks. Really good for another different receiver to step up, D-Lo (Deangelo Antoine) in his first start goes for four touchdowns, which was huge,” said FAU coach Lane Kiffin.

With the loss, Wagner falls to 0-4 on the season while the Owls of Conference USA (CUSA) improve to 2-2.

A pair of record offensive performances propelled the FAU. Redshirt sophomore QB Chris Robison tied Rusty Smith’s record for touchdown passes in a game and Deangelo Antoine caught a school-record four touchdown passes in the contest. The Owls improved to 2-2 on the season with the victory.

Robison completed 25-of-36 passes for 379 yards and five touchdowns, with wide receiver DeAngelo Antoine on the receiving end of 11 of those throws for 173 yards.

Wagner junior wide receiver Joshua DeCambre of Curtis High School, caught eight passes for 124 yards and a touchdown, with the score coming on a brilliant second-quarter 28-yard TD reception from graduate student quarterback Christian Alexander-Stevens, which came on a 4th-and-9 play.

The 124 yards receiving yards are a career high for DeCambre while the eight receptions tied him for the most he’s had as a Seahawk. In the Staten Island native had eight receptions for a then career-high 89 yards receiving.

For the season, the 6-4, 200-pound DeCambre leads the Seahawks with 18 catches for 290 yards (16.1 average) and two touchdowns.

“Josh has worked really hard ever since last year,” said Seahawk fifth-year head coach Jason Houghtaling. “There was some good protection on those plays, so it takes a whole team. But yeah,

Christian and Josh certainly do a good throwing and catching it.”

In his return to the Sunshine State, Alexander-Stevens, a Lakeland, Fla., native and graduate student transfer from FIU, was 22-of-38 through the air for 218 yards, the one TD and his first interception in a Wagner uniform. The 22 completions and 38 attempts are both high water marks for his four-game Wagner career, while his Seahawk-best passing yardage total is a 243-yard effort on September 7 vs. East Stroudsburg.

Defensively, senior outside linebacker Khaliq Byard, coming off a 14-tackle effort that at Stony Brook last week that earned him NEC PrimePerformerhonors, paced the Green & White with six tackles. Sophomore outside linebacker and sophomore free safety Naseem Barnett were active as well as each was credited with five tackles on the night.

Wagner trailed 28-7 at the half and allowed just 14 second-half points, coming up with a number of big stops throughout the contest.

“I thought defensively we played pretty well for most of the game,” said Houghtaling. “Offensively, we had too many penalties. We couldn’t get the running game going, so the offensive line play wasn’t good enough. Credit them, but yeah, now we’re getting ready for conference play and looking forward to next week.”

The Owls open Conference USA play next weekend, when they travel to Charlotte to face the 49ers on Saturday, Sept. 28. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. and the game will air on NFL Network.