In a game where Florida Atlantic football was heavily favored over Akron, the Owls were able to live up to the hype with a 50-3 victory in the Boca Raton Bowl.
FAU was able to stave off the Zips with a strong defensive showing in what was technically a home game for them. The winning effort helped head coach Lane Kiffin and company continue what the second-longest active winning streak in the FBS.
Your final score from FAU Stadium, capping off an 11-3 season with a 10-game winning streak!! pic.twitter.com/ilabhSpYHG
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The Owls were able to hold Akron to three points and 105 total offensive yards in the first half. Part of that came from a strong pass rush, which led to two sacks and six tackles for a loss in that period.
The Zips were also held to only 54 yards of rushing in the first half between the tandem of Manny Morgan and quarterback Kato Nelson, with Nelson only managing another 67 yards of passing in the first half and 80 for the game.
For the entire game, Akron was held to 146 total offensive yards and only managed to put up that single field goal. Backup Robbie Kelley took over in the fourth quarter but had only one completion in six attempts.
Owls running back Devin Singletary was held to 31 yards and a single touchdown in the first half, which allowed quarterback Jason Driskel to step up in picking up yardage. Driskel threw for 152 yards and a passing touchdown in the first half, despite a strong early effort by Akron’s defense.
He would later rush for another touchdown with 5:38 left in the second half, helping FAU get its second score and keep the team’s offensive momentum going. Driskel would finish the game with 220 yards through the air and another 67 on the ground.
Singletary would break the Conference USA record with 37 seconds left in the second quarter, scoring his 30th rushing touchdown. He broke the record of his current coach and former UCF running back Kevin Smith.
Singletary would eventually add a 31st and then 32nd rushing touchdown on the season, pushing him past former Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds and former Colorado State running back Kapri Bibbs for the third most touchdowns in a single season behind only Montee Ball and Barry Sanders.
Singletary finished with 124 rushing yards and those three touchdowns. Wide receiver Willie Wright caught both of Driskel’s touchdown passes.
Motor Singletary weaves through the defense for another Owls touchdown!
Q4: 3 Akron | 50 FAU #CheribundiBocaBowl
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The win punctuates one of the best seasons in FAU history and the program’s first bowl win since 2008. Notably, the win comes on the same day FAU agreed to extend Kiffin’s contract until 2027.