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Kansas State throttles FAU 63-7

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Give Florida Atlantic some credit. They do not shy away from playing difficult opponents on the road.

One week after taking a 38-10 beating at Miami, the Owls were in Manhattan, Kan. on Saturday to face the Kansas State Wildcats. The Wildcats had their way with FAU as they rolled to a 63-7 victory.

Kansas State played well, but had plenty of help from the Owls. Three turnovers deep in their own territory set up three easy, one-play touchdowns and helped the Wildcats to a 42-0 lead at the intermission. By that time, Kansas State already had 207 yards rushing while Florida Atlantic had only 76.

Wildcats’ quarterback Jesse Ertz threw only 13 times while he was in the game. He didn’t need to. The Wildcats piled up 336 yards on the ground and had seven rushing touchdowns.

Owls’ quarterback Jason Driskel threw for only 125 yards and two interceptions before giving way to Daniel Parr. Gregory Howell, Jr.’s four-yard run prevented a shutout.

This was a total mismatch from the opening whistle. FAU only made two plays of more than 20 yards all day and had only 211 yards in total offense.

Florida Atlantic hosts Ball State next Saturday.


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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