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LOOKING BACK: FAU Stymies Middle Tennessee in Second Half in 28-13 Win

BOCA RATON – The Florida Atlantic University Owls pitched a second-half shutout, and sophomore running back Malcolm Davidson rushed for a career-high 149 yards, helping to overcome Middle Tennessee in a home Conference USA matchup Saturday, 28-13.

The win moves FAU to 4-2 on the season, the team’s best start since 2004 (when they began 5-1).

“It was not a very clean game,” said head coach Lane Kiffin. “But walking off, I remind myself this is a team that beat us eight years in a row (before we) got here, and a very well-coached team … To knock off the division champs from a year ago, that’s big. If you want to be in first place, you have to stay in first place.”

The Owls’ offense found some rhythm early in the second. QB Chris Robison found Harrison Bryant for 25 yards down to the 3-yard line, and two plays later, he connected with John Mitchell from four yards out for the score and the lead.

FAU got field goals of 26 and 37 yards from Vladimir Rivas.

Nick Tronti handed off to Davidson for a 57-yard touchdown run and the game’s biggest lead. 22-13 with 3:23 left to go in the third.

Larry McCammon III scored from one yard out for a 28-13 lead.

The Owls gave up just 185 yards in the second half, and 99 of those came on the final two defensive possessions when FAU had a more forgiving formation

The Owls will host a second straight matchup, and it will be Homecoming, next Friday against Marshall. Kickoff is at 6:30 p.m. at FAU Stadium, with the game being broadcasted live on CBS Sports Network

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