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It was not always pretty for Florida Atlantic’s offense but pretty doesn’t always get it done.
At the conclusion of the first half, the FAU offense had just 143 total yards. The Owls averaged just 3.5 yards per carry and finished the half with a 7-0 lead over UMass. FAU, however, picked up the pace in the second half, en route to a 27-2 victory over the winless Minutemen.
In the second half, the Owls totaled 225 yards, scoring 17 in the process. On the ground, the Owls maximized their touches, averaging 6.4 yards on their 18 carries. Through the air, the Owls finished with 163 yards and a touchdown.
Although the offense was far from effective in the second half, it secured itself a victory with timely scoring. Backup quarterback Nick Tronti connected with Brandon Robison on an endzone fade with 6:47 remaining in the third quarter. The throw, which was Tronti’s final play of the night, gave FAU a 14-0 lead.
On the following drive, Javion Posey checked back into the ballgame and made his name felt. On his first play back, Posey found open space through the middle of the offensive line and burst forward for a 70-yard touchdown score. The run, which is the longest run by an FAU quarterback, gave FAU a 21-0 lead.
After an impressive outing against FIU, Posey struggled against UMass. The redshirt freshman quarterback completed just 13 of his 27 attempts for 203 yards. On the ground, Posey was far more effective. Posey once again led FAU in rushing, finishing with 90 yards on 19 attempts.
Despite Posey’s struggles, the offensive’s struggles were not strictly because of Posey. Posey was sacked six different times and the Minutemen finished with 14 tackles for loss.
After completing their home schedule, the Owls will still play three games to end the season. The Owls are scheduled to play Middle Tennessee next week, before traveling to Georgia Southern and Southern Mississippi to finish the season. The latter two games are make-up games following COVID-19 outbreaks within FAU’s program.