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Kiffin, FAU finish record season with 50-3 triumph over Akron in Boca Raton Bowl


BOCA RATON, FLA. (December 19, 2017) – Just hours after signing a 10-year contract extension, head coach Lane Kiffin and his FAU Owls celebrated by dismantling Akron, 50-3, in the 2017 Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl.

The Conference USA champion Owls proved too much for the Zips from the Mid-American Conference. Playing on their home turf, FAU scored early and often to put the finishing touches on an 11-3 season, which ties the program’s best record in school history. The 2003 FAU team also compiled an 11-3 record.

Akron closes its season at 7-7.

Florida Atlantic quarterback Jason Driskel threw for 270 yards and two touchdowns, and also ran for two more to lead the way and earn Offensive MVP honors. Owls running back Devin Singletary powered a strong running game by rushing for 124 yards and three touchdowns. In doing so, Singletary set the Conference USA single-season record with 33 touchdowns, including 32 rushing scores.

The Owls totaled 582 yards of offense and converted five fourth-down attempts, three of those went for touchdowns.

“It was an unbelievable day, I can’t imagine it being better,” said Kiffin. “These stories don’t happen often. You don’t just come to FAU and win 11 games. These kids aren’t even playing close games. You don’t win bowl games 50-3.

“Sitting here one year and one week ago, no one would believe this other than me maybe. It’s just awesome to see. I am proud of these players.”

The Owls took a 7-0 lead on a Driskel 4-yard touchdown pass to Willie Wright. Akron answered with a field goal, but it was all FAU after that.

“I told the players before the game ‘We believe in you’ and we go for it on fourth down more than anybody in the country,” Kiffin said. “All these analytics say we are more aggressive, but that’s because we believe in the players and they respond.”

The Owls defense was dominant as well, limiting the Zips to just 146 total yards. Azeez Al-Shaair was named Defensive MVP after leading FAU with 13 tackles, including 2.5 for a loss.


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