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Late touchdown spells doom for Florida Atlantic

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Florida Atlantic was only 10 yards away from coming away with a nice road win, but it was not to be. The Owls fell to the Marshall Thundering Herd 27-21 on Saturday night in Huntington, West Va.

FAU held the lead early at 7-0 and after some back-and-forth, held the lead late.  With only 1:53 remaining, Marshall’s Keion Davis scored from one yard out to erase a 21-19 deficit.

The Owls had sufficient time to snatch the lead back. Taking over at the 50-yard line after the kickoff, FAU drove to the Marshall 10-yard line with slightly more than a minute remaining. On fourth-and-three, Jason Driskel’s low pass intended for Kalib Woods was incomplete, snuffing out the last hope.

Quarterback Chase Litton paced Marshall with 330 yards passing and 1 touchdown. Josh Knight caught nine of those passes for 128 yards and a touchdown.

Devin Singletary rushed for 111 yards and a touchdown for FAU. Gregory Howell, Jr. added 109 yards and a touchdown, helping the Owls total 281 yards on the ground.

Florida Atlantic, who slipped to 1-6 and 0-3 in Conference USA, has a bye week next Saturday. Their next game is October 29 when they host Western Kentucky.

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 Bob@ramos-sparks.com.

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