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Old Dominion’s huge second half buries FAU 42-24

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Things went well for a half on Saturday night for the Florida Atlantic Owls. The second half was a totally different story as the Old Dominion Monarchs overwhelmed the Owls 42-24.

FAU had it going in the first two periods, taking a 21-13 lead into halftime. Whatever ODU Coach Bobby Wilder told his team in the locker room, it worked.

Especially for quarterback David Washington. He fired four second-half touchdown passes to surge the Monarchs past the Owls and leave them in the dust. Washington passed for 416 yards and had five TD passes overall.

Their first four possessions in the second half all resulted in touchdowns. Washington’s 84-yard hookup with Jeremy Cox put ODU up by 42-24 and marked the longest play from scrimmage by ODU since they launched an FBS/Division I program in 2009.

Old Dominion took the second half kickoff and marched 75 yards in nine plays for a touchdown. With the two- point conversion, the game was tied.

They just kept going. The Monarchs outscored the Owls 29-3 in the second half.

Jacob Driskel passed for 219 yards while Devin Singletary had 89 yards rushing. Singletary had 90 yards and both of his touchdowns by halftime.

The loss snapped a modest two-game winning streak for the Owls. They dropped to 3-8 on the year and 2-5 in Conference USA.

They conclude their season next Saturday at Middle Tennessee State.

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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