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FAU breaks long losing streak; defeats Rice 42-25

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Going into Saturday’s Conference USA game between Rice and Florida Atlantic, one thing was certain. The Owls were going to win this game and earn the first conference win of the season.

As it turned out the Florida Atlantic Owls beat the Rice Owls 42-25 on Saturday in Houston, Texas to get that first conference win. FAU put on a rare offensive show.

After spotting Rice an early 7-0 lead, FAU went into the halftime locker room with a 21-14 lead. Early in the fourth quarter, Jason Driskel found Henry Bussey III for an 84-yard touchdown that made it 35-17.

It could have been worse. Kicker Greg Joseph missed three field goals on the day, including two from within 32 yards. They also slowed themselves down with 122 yards in penalties, but other than that, it was all good.

Florida Atlantic piled up 656 yards in total offense, equally balanced between running and passing. Several players put up big numbers.

Driskel passed for 321 yards and two touchdowns. Bussey caught four passes for 132 yards and the long touchdown.

Devin Singletary had a monster game on the ground with 252 yards rushing and three touchdowns. The offense did not turn the ball over.

With the victory, FAU improved to 2-7 on the season and 1-4 in Conference USA. They broke a seven-game losing streak and won for the first time since the opening game against Southern Illinois on September 3.

Next week, the Owls will host the Texas-El Paso Miners.

Bob Sparks is President of Ramos and Sparks Group, a Tallahassee-based business and political consulting firm. During his career, he has directed media relations and managed events for professional baseball, served as chief spokesperson for the Republican Party of Florida as well as the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Attorney General of Florida. After serving as Executive Deputy Chief of Staff for Governor Charlie Crist, he returned to the private sector working with clients including the Republican National Committee and political candidates in Japan. He lives in Tallahassee with his wife, Sue and can be reached at

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