After this awesome performance last week, the players got treated like kings around the college. I warned them to be careful, and not party too hard as he had work to do on Monday. Now that the NFL Preseason is over, the NFL started this week also with Washington beating Chicago in Chicagoís home town. Our OG Clark who got taken out of the game last week due to an hyperextension in his finger, is doing much better now. Now that it is Saturday, game day, Coach Chadwick believes heís good enough to play and I have no reason to distrust him so I let him make the final call and play him this week. Eastern Michigan arrived on the field rather early for their game, and after stopping for a breakfast meal, we arrived at their college. This week was going to be defining for both of our teams, as this was the first time in the history of FAU that they played EMU. After an impressive win at home against Houston, there was a lot on the table for the Owls against the Eagles this week.
(1-0) Florida Atlantic vs. (0-1) Eastern Michigan
FAU kicks the ball off to EMU, who returns it to the 34. However, immediately a flag is thrown on the play and EMU is called for clipping, a 15 yard penalty so they start on their 19. 1st and 10, EMU looks for a quick pass and gets it off for 1 yard. 2nd and 9, a pass down the middle gains EMU 28 yards. On their own 48 now, 1st and 10, they run the ball for a gain of 2 yards. 2nd and 8, ILB May gets to the QB for a sack with a loss of 11 yards! A flag is down, and itís Holding on EMU! 3rd and 19 on their own 39, DE Curry this time is the one that gets there and brings down their QB for sack #2 and a loss of 12 yards! 4th and 31, they punt the ball and WR Scott returns it 18 yards to the EMU 45.
EMU 45: 1st and 10, a quick pitch to RB Smith, who drops the ball but recovers, and is tackled in the backfield for a loss of 2. 2nd and 12, handoff to RB Smith giving him a chance to redeem himself and he does, with a gain of 11 yards! 3rd and 1, RB Smith gets the ball for the 3rd time in a row, and powers himself through for a gain of 1 yard and the first down! EMU 35, 1st and 10, a running play to RB Williams this time gets 0 yards. 2nd and 10, QB Varela runs the option, holds onto the ball, and gains 11 yards! EMU 24, 1st and 10, QB Varela tries to run it himself but gets no gain. FB Nelson looks hurt on the play, and Doc says he wonít be back this game. 2nd and 10, QB Varela finds WR Richardson for 6 yards on the pass. 3rd and 4, on play action QB Varela finds FB Clifford Ryan for a gain of 6 yards and a first down! EMU 12: 1st and 10, FB Ryan gets the ball to run, but gets stuffed for a loss of 3. 2nd and 13, a handoff to RB Smith gets a gain of 7 yards. 3rd and 6, another handoff to RB Smith gets us a gain of 4 yards, just short of a first down. 4th and 2, K Dunlap kicks a 22 yard field goal to put points on the board. The score is Eastern Michigan 0, Florida Atlantic 3. We kick the ball off and EMU return it to their 29.
EMU 29: 1st and 10, they run the ball but DT Mckinley stops them for a loss of 1. 2nd and 11, a missed pass interference call on our CB saved us from the penalty and made the pass incomplete. 3rd and 11, SS Ingram caught the QB looking for a loss of 11 yards on a sack! 3 sacks now for our defense! 4th and 21, WR Scott gets the punt and returns it to our own 38.
FAU 38: 1st and 10, an incomplete pass dropped by FB Ryan brings us no gain. 2nd and 10, a complete pass to WR Olsen for 10 yards is called back on a Holding Penalty and brings us to 2nd and 20. 2nd and 20, QB Varela finds WR Richardson for a nice pass, but again itís called back by ANOTHER holding penalty on us. 2nd and 30 on our own 18 now, QB Varela finds WR Olsen up the line for 9 yards. 3rd and 21, RB Smith runs it up the sideline for 6 yards.
4th and 15, our nice punt by P Barton is returned for a touchdown by their WR! Their extra point kick is good. The score is now Eastern Michigan 7, Florida Atlantic 3. Their kickoff goes into our end zone for a touchback.
FAU 20: 1st and 10, quick toss to RB Smith is a loss for 2 yards. 2nd and 12, QB Varela places a perfect pass to WR Olsen for 82 yards and a touchdown! What an incredible play, our whole bench came undone and started cheering! K Dunlapís extra point is good. The score is Eastern Michigan 7, Florida Atlantic 10. On kickoff, EMU gets the ball at their 38.
(03:10) EMU 38: 1st and 10, they try to pass the ball and complete a short pass but a flag is out. The call is on EMU, Offensive Pass Interference. 1st and 25, they run the ball for a gain of 8 yards. 2nd and 17, incomplete pass. 3rd and 17, a quick pass to the outside gains them 12 yards. 4th and 5, they punt the ball to our 13.
(01:24) FAU 13: 1st and 10, incomplete lob pass to RB Smith by QB Varela. 2nd and 10, handoff to RB Smith picks up 9 yards. 3rd and 1, RB Smith powers through the hole for a gain of 1 and a first down! FAU 23 (0:28), 1st and 10, pitch to RB Williams for 1 yard and thatís the end of the 1st quarter.
FAU 24, 2nd and 9, RB Smith gets the handoff and makes a beautiful run for 13 yards. 1st and 10, QB Varela hits WR Richardson for 10 yards after Richardson makes a beautiful catch before falling out of bounds. FAU 47, 1st and 10, RB Williams gets the hand off for 1 yard. 2nd and 9, RB Williams gets the ball again but this time is tackled for a loss of 1. 3rd and 10, QB Varela is hit as heís thrown but gets the pass off to TE Peterson who catches it for 13 yards! EMU 40, 1st and 10, RB Smith pushes forward on the hand off for 1 yard. 2nd and 9, QB Varela fakes the handoff to RB Smith which the entire team bites on, and he finds WR Richardson wide open in the backfield! Heís tripped up after a long run for 38 yards! 1st and Goal on the 1 yard line, QB Varela again fakes the handoff which again fakes out the defense and he finds FB Ryan wide open in the end zone for a touchdown! K Dunlap kicks the extra point in perfectly. The score is Eastern Michigan 7, Florida Atlantic 17. We kick the ball off and EMU gets it at their 19.
EMU 19: 1st and 10, their QB looks for the long pass but DT Mckinley is there for the sack before he can throw it for a loss of 4! FS Masterson is down though, and weíre told itís his spleen. Heís carried off the field. FS Green takes his place. 2nd and 14, they run the ball up the middle for 3 yards. 3rd and 11, they run the ball again, only getting 3 yards. 4th and 8, WR Scott returns it for 8 yards to our 34 yard line.
FAU 34: 1st and 10, handoff to RB Smith gains 4 yards on the play. 2nd and 6, incomplete pass to WR Richardson. 3rd and 6, handoff to FB Ryan but is stuffed in the backfield for a loss of 1 yard. 4th and 7, after a quick 3 and out we punt the ball to their 27.
EMU 27: 1st and 10, an incomplete pass gives them no yards. 2nd and 10, they run the ball but ILB Sandoval stops them for a loss of 2 yards. 3rd and 12, screen pass for 14 yards is good for the first down. 1st and 10, a run up the middle gets them 1 yard. 2nd and 9, another run to the outside picks up 4 yards for them. 3rd and 5, a pass down the middle, a cut to our weak FS, and itís a 47 yard gain. 1st and 10 on FAU 9, and they pass it into the end zone for a touchdown and their extra point is good. The score now is Eastern Michigan 14, Florida Atlantic 17. They kick the ball off to CB Coleman who runs it up to our 17.
(5:16) FAU 17: 1st and 10, handoff to FB Ryan who gets 2 yards. 2nd and 8, QB Varelaís offensive line crumbles and he has to run it himself, and he gains 10 yards! 1st and 10, RB Smith runs the ball for 5 yards. 2nd and 5, QB Varela has to run it himself again and this time gains an impressive 18 yards! (4:02) EMU 48, 1st and 10, RB Smith gets a nice break for a run, and gains 10 yards on the play. EMU 38, 1st and 10, QB Varela finds RB Smith on the curl route for 5 yards. 2nd and 5, QB Varela throws it to RB Williams for a gain of 10! EMU 23, 1st and 10, handoff to RB Williams for a gain of about 1 yard. 2nd and 9, screen pass to TE Peterson is incomplete. 2 minute warning! 3rd and 9, QB Varela tosses to TE Peterson for 10, but he drops the pass! Incomplete! 4th and 9, K Dunlap attempts the 40 yard field goal, and itís good! The score is Eastern Michigan 14, Florida Atlantic 20. Kickoff brings EMU to their own 33.
(1:14) EMU 33: 1st and 10, pass down the middle for 10 yards, and then EMU calls for a time out! (1:08) 1st and 10 on their 43, looks for a screen pass but OLB Edmonds is there for a sack and a loss of 9 yards! 2nd and 19 on their 34, they try the screen again and connect it for 13 yards and then they run out of bounds. (0:56) 3rd and 6, an incomplete pass down the middle gives up no yards. (0:49) 4th and 6, they punt the ball and it goes out of bounds at our 2 yard line.
(0:42) FAU 2: 1st and 10, QB Varela hits WR Richardson for 7 yards then he runs out of bounds. 2nd and 3, handoff to RB Smith is a loss for 2 yards. 3rd and 5, RB Smith runs up the middle for 5 yards and the 1st down, to run out the rest of the time on the clock. C Thompson went down with an injury to his head, and heís not going to return to this game.
They kickoff to us, and CB Coleman runs it to our 17. 1st and 10, QB Varela connects with WR Olsen for 6 yards. 2nd and 4, handoff to RB Smith for a gain of 5 yards. 1st and 10, QB Varela runs with it for a gain of 2 yards, fumbles the ball, but one of our own guys recovers it. 2nd and 8, QB Varela is running way from the pressure and finds WR Olsen for 26 yards. On the EMU 44, on 1st and 10, RB Smith runs the ball for a gain of 1 yard. 2nd and 9, handoff to RB Williams this time for a gain of 3. 3rd and 6, quick pass by QB Varela to WR Richardson for 1 yard, and itís caught! FB Clifford Ryan went down with an injury, and will not be back this game either! 4th and 5, P Barton decides to come out and punt, landing it on their 6 yard line for no return.
EMU 6: 1st and 10, pass down the middle for 7 yards is complete. 2nd and 3, they get a nice run going but a flag on the play is Unnecessary Roughness on EMU, and itís called back. 3rd and 5, DE Beltran is here and sacks the QB for a loss of 3! 4th and 8 and they punt it to WR Scott who downs it at the EMU 36. Great field positioning for our offense!
EMU 36: 1st and 10, toss to the outside to RB Smith, who is stopped for no gain. 2nd and 10, handoff to RB Smith is stopped behind the line for a loss of 4 yards. 3rd and 14, another handoff to RB Smith only gets a gain of 6 yards. 4th and 8, K Dunlap goes out there this time looking for the 52 yard field goal, but he misses! EMU recovers the ball on their 34!
EMU 34: 1st and 10, they run the ball for a gain of 3. 2nd and 7, incomplete pass brings up third down. 3rd and 7, they pass down the middle but the WR is tripped! They are looking for the call but instead, they get a flag on offensive holding! 4th and 7, punt to WR Scott who returns it 17 yards to our own 39.
(7:50) FAU 39: 1st and 10, a perfect pass to WR Richardson looks to be a touchdown, but he drops the pass! 2nd and 10, handoff to RB Smith for 6 yards. FB Boone is in the game now. 3rd and 4, penalty before the snap, and itís a delay of game penalty. 3rd and 9, handoff to RB Smith for a loss of 2 yards. 4th and 11, a punt brings it to Eastern Michiganís 13.
EMU 13: 1st and 10, incomplete pass. 2nd and 10, a long pass after a fake handoff for 42 yards. FAU 45: 1st and 10, another incomplete pass. 2nd and 10, quick pass to the outside for 2 yards. 3rd and 8, pass down the middle for a gain of 17. 1st and 10 on the FAU 26, and their fans are starting to get behind them with their cheers. They hand off the ball but a flag is on the play, they only get 1 yard but thereís an illegal crackback block against EMU! 1st and 25 now on our 41, and they are out of field goal range! On 1st down they sail the ball out of bounds for an incomplete pass. 2nd and 25, they run the ball this time for a gain of 5. 3rd and 20, another incomplete pass for no yards. 4th and 20, and WR StPierre receives it this time, running it back to the 27.
FAU 27: 1st and 10, a holding play broke up the potential sack on QB Varela, and gives us 10 yards and an automatic 1st down. 1st and 10, RB Smith takes the handoff up the middle for 5 yards. 2nd and 5, another run to RB Smith for a loss of 2. OG Clark was injured and doesnít look like heíll be returning this game. 3rd and 7, QB Varela sees WR Richardson and connects with him for a gain of 35 yards. RB John Smith is injured, but he may return. 1st and 10 on the EMU 25, pass down the middle to RB Smith, he breaks away for the end zone, but he gets hit hard from behind and he fumbles! Itís recovered by EMU.
EMU 22: 1st and 10, handoff for a gain of 5. 2nd and 5, DE Beltran pulls down the QB for a sack and a loss of 7! 3rd and 12, the QB has to make a bad pass to avoid the sack, and itís batted down for an incomplete pass. 4th and 12, punt to WR Scott who returns it for 14 yards to our 43 yard line. And thatís the end of the 3rd quarter.
1st and 10 on our own 43, and itís a handoff to RB Smith for a loss of 3. 2nd and 13, incomplete pass to WR Richardson, and a holding penalty called on us, makes it 2nd and 23. Handoff to RB Smith for a gain of 3 yards. 3rd and 20, a quick pass on the outside to WR Richardson for 7 yards. 4th and 13, punt is returned to the 21, but then a piling on call against us moves them up to the 36.
EMU 36: 1st and 10, incomplete pass. 2nd and 10, DE Curry sacks the QB, makes him fumble the ball, and itís returned by FAU!
EMU 28: 1st and 10, FB Boone runs the ball for a gain of 7 on the play. 2nd and 3, handoff to RB Smith for a loss of 4 yards. 3rd and 7, QB Varela finds TE Peterson open in the backfield and launches a long ballÖ and itís caught! 25 yards down the field and itís a touchdown! QB Varela does a hurry up offense to set up a screen to TE Peterson and their 2 point attempt is good! The 2 point conversion is good! The score is Eastern Michigan 14, Florida Atlantic 28. This might have sealed the win for us, as we kick it off and EMU gets the ball at their 30 yard line.
(11:01) EMU 30: 1st and 10, they run the ball for a gain of 11. 1st and 10, a gain of 13 on this pass, but a holding call called on FAU, a terrible call, gives them 10 more yards and an automatic first down. 1st and 10 on the FAU 46, handoff gets them about 1 yard. 2nd and 9, another handoff brings them another minimal gain of 2 yards. 3rd and 7 on our 43, and incomplete pass down field brings out their punter and with that punt, we get it on our 4 yard line.
(08:42) FAU 4: 1st and 10, weíre trying to run the clock down by giving it to RB Smith for no gain. 2nd and 10, a quick pass to the outside, itís behind our WR Olsen, and itís intercepted! Ran back for a touchdown, the extra point kick is good, and now the lead is shortened. The score is Eastern Michigan 21, Florida Atlantic 28. Kickoff to CB Coleman who brings it to the 26.
(07:48) FAU 26: 1st and 10, fake handoff but they didnít bite, QB Varela goes down with a sack for a loss of 4. 2nd and 14, QB Varela fakes running it himself, and throws a long ball to WR Richardson! Itís caught for a gain of 46 yards! EMU 32, 1st and 10, FB Boone gets the handoff for a gain of 4 yards, but an offsides call on EMU gives us another 5! Itís 1st and 5 on the EMU 27, but QB Varela throws an incomplete pass to WR Olsen, they just werenít on the same page. 2nd and 5, but QB Varela is determined and finds WR Olsen with a step on his man going to the end zone, he lobs it up and Olsen brings it back down, touchdown! K Dunlapís extra kick is good, and the score now is Eastern Michigan 21, Florida Atlantic 35. We kick the ball off and EMU gets the ball at their 15 to start.
(05:59) EMU 15: 1st and 10, quick pass to the outside, runs out of bounds after a gain of 6. 2nd and 4, handoff for a gain of 1 yard, and again ran out of bounds. 3rd and 3, incomplete pass. 4th and 3, they punt it and we get it at our 42 yard line.
(04:32) FAU 42: 1st and 10, handoff to RB Smith for a loss of 3 on the play. Weíre just trying to run the clock out now. 2nd and 13, another handoff to RB Smith for a gain of 2. 3rd and 11, QB Varela overthrew TE Peterson on the sideline route, and gets no yards. 4th and 11, a great punt by P Barton that gives EMU the ball at their own 7 yard line!
(02:58) EMU 7: 1st and 10, pass down the middle for a gain of 12. 1st and 10, incomplete pass while QB was on the run from the pressure. 2nd and 10, we force the QB to make a bad pass again, this time right into the FS Greenís hands! Green runs it back for a touchdown and K Dunlapís extra point is good! The score is Eastern Michigan 21, Florida Atlantic 42! We kick the ball off to EMU who brought it to their 44 yard line.
(1:56) EMU 44: 1st and 10, good screen pass to the outside, they gain 13 yards. 1st and 10 on our own 43, incomplete pass. 2nd and 10, we again force the QB to throw it, and CB Reginald Coleman intercepts the ball! He returns it 10 yards before finally getting stopped, at our own 41.
(1:30) FAU 41: 1st and 10, run from RB Smith for a loss of 3 yards. Eastern Michigan calls for a time out! 2nd and 13, another hand off for 5 yards, but unnecessary roughness called on TE Peterson and now itís 3rd and 23 on our own 28. (0:55 left.) Handoff to RB Smith again for a gain of 3 yards. 4th and 20, a punt is returned to their own 35.
(0:35) EMU 35: 1st and 10, a huge pass down the sideline for a gain of 59 yards! (0:28) FAU 6, 1st and Goal, incomplete pass to the sidelines, and DE Curry is out with an injury though he may return! (0:21) 2nd and Goal, quick pass down the middle for a gain of 2. Eastern Michigan calls their last and final timeout. (0:15) FAU 4: 3rd and Goal, screen pass manages to get away from our defense and they score, touchdown! They score the extra point, which makes the score now Eastern Michigan 28, Florida Atlantic 42. They try for the onside kick, but our team recovers it at the 47! And thatís the end of the game!
Our defense was definitely the star of the show here, with 8 sacks for a combined loss of 64 yards, 2 interceptions for returns of 39 yards, 1 forced fumble, and 499 total yards! Our QB Varela went 20/29 for 366 yards, 4 touchdowns and 1 interception. RB Smith ran the ball 34 times for 86 yards. WR Olsen got 5 receptions for 150 yards and 2 touchdowns! WR Richardson got 8 receptions for 150 yards!
Week 3 we take on the 0-2 Toledo, who comes out the victor, and what do you think the final score will be?
After an amazing past two weeks, Toledo comes to us this week. Our C Sammie Thompson has to sit out this week due to doctors orders, after a pretty decent week last week, though he got knocked out of the game twice. This week our back up Kevin Martinez needs to step in for him, though he’s a below average center. FB Nelson is feeling not 100% though we’re going to play him anyway. 12,414 people in attendance for this week’s game.
(0-2) Toledo vs. (2-0) Florida Atlantic
CB Coleman is set to receive the kickoff to start the game from Toledo, and after a couple great blocks, brings it back to the 45! FAU 45; 1st and 10, handoff to RB Smith for 1 yard. 2nd and 9, overthrown pass to WR Richardson, incomplete. 3rd and 9, another handoff to RB Smith for 4 yards. 4th and 5, P Barton nails it to the Toledo 6 with no return.
TOL 6: 1st and 10, they run it for 4 yards. 2nd and 6, they try a reverse on us and SS Ingram pulls him down in the backfield for a loss of 3. 3rd and 9, a long pass to the FB, but he’s lit up by CB Coleman! He fumbles the ball and FAU recovers it! DT Estrada takes the ball and runs it back 19 yards for the touchdown! K Dunlap’s PAT is good. 7-0, FAU! We kick the ball off and they return it to their 24 yard line.
TOL 24: 1st and 10, they try a reverse and CB Dunn catches them for a loss of 1. 2nd and 11, a 47 yard pass on the play sets them up nicely. FAU 30: 1st and 10, a pass is almost intercepted but it’s incomplete. 2nd and 10, ILB May catches their RB behind the line for a loss of 2. 3rd and 12, incomplete pass thanks to a nice hit from our DE Beltran. However he’s holding his elbow, and the on field docs say he won’t be back today. 4th and 12, they miss the 50 yard field goal and it’s a turnover on downs.
FAU 32: 1st and 10, incomplete pass from QB Varela because it’s overthrown again. 2nd and 10, an option play and QB Varela keeps it, running for 7 yards. 3rd and 3, 35 yard run from RB Smith but a holding is called and brings us back, now it’s 3rd and 13. An out pass is incomplete, and P Barton punts it on 4th and 13 to the Toledo 44, but a facemask call gives them 5 more yards to their 49.
TOL 49: 1st and 10, a quick run to the outside gets no gain. 2nd and 10, a 10 yard pass is caught down the middle. FAU 41: 1st and 10, 1 yard pass. 2nd and 9, incomplete pass as our D line gets pressure on the QB. 3rd and 9, they find right down the sideline beating CB Dunn for a 40 yard touchdown pass… their extra point is good. 7-7. They kick it to the end of our end zone for a touchback.
FAU 20: 1st and 10, a 13 yard pass to WR Olsen is good, but an ineligible receiver call is on us and makes it 1st and 15 now. A screen pass to TE Peterson is the call, and he runs it up the sidelines for 14 yards. 2nd and 1, handoff to RB Smith for 4 yards and the 1st down. FAU 33: 1st and 10, handoff to RB Smith gets 7 yards but a face mask call is on Toledo! FAU 45, 1st and 10, handoff to RB Smith for 1 yard. 2nd and 9, pass is high from QB Varela to WR Olsen incomplete. 3rd and 9, QB Varela finds WR Olsen for a long pass, but Olsen drops it! 4th and 9, and P Barton punts it for no return to the Toledo 2.
TOL 2: 1st and 10, they try a screen pass to the outside but CB Coleman bites the run and charges in, catching the RB in the end zone for a safety! 9-7, we take the lead! RB Coleman returns the kick to the Toledo 48 for a 24 yard return.
TOL 48: 1st and 10, handoff to RB Smith for 5 yards. 2nd and 5, QB Varela is sacked for 1 yard. 3rd and 6, false start. 3rd and 11, handoff to RB Smith for 1 yard, but another face mask is called on Toledo for 15 yards and an automatic first down! TOL 33: 1st and 10, handoff run to RB Smith for 7 yards. 2nd and 3, handoff to FB Nelson for 3 yards and the first down! TOL 23, 1st and 10, QB Varela fakes the handoff and finds WR Olsen in the end zone for a touchdown! A 23 yard pass is good, and K Dunlap’s PAT is good! 16-7, we’re in the lead as the 1st quarter ends!
Barton kicks the ball off to the Toledo 17. TOL 17: 1st and 10, they run the ball for no gain. 2nd and 10, they try to run it again but only get 2 yards. 3rd and 8, incomplete pass. 4th and 8, they punt to WR Scott who brings it back to the 49 for a return of 8 yards.
TOL 49: 1st and 10, an incomplete pass to WR Olsen is again, a little high. 2nd and 10, handoff to RB Smith for 1 yard. 3rd and 9, handoff to RB Smith picks up 9 and the first down. TOL 39: 1st and 10, handoff to RB Smith for 3 yards but Smith is down. He’s injured and he is walked off the field, but on field doctors say he should return. 2nd and 7, toss to RB Williams who’s in for Smith gains 14 yards! TOL 22: 1st and 10, handoff to RB Williams for 5 yards. 2nd and 5, RB Smith is back in for a gain of 2 yards. 3rd and 3, QB Varela targets TE Peterson, but it’s an incomplete pass. 4th and 3 on the TOL 15, and K Dunlap kicks a good 33 yard field goal extending our lead 19-7. Barton kicks the ball off to the TOL 19.
TOL 19: 1st down, they run the ball and gain 14 yards. TOL 33: 1st and 10, they run the ball for 4 yards. 2nd and 6, incomplete pass. 3rd and 6, pass to the outside, he runs to the end zone, he almost gets in but SS Copeland punches it out and forces the fumble! He picks it up and runs it back to the FAU 20!
FAU 20: 1st and 10, handoff to RB Smith for 4 yards. 2nd and 6, pass from QB Varela to WR Richardson for 49 yards down the middle! TOL 27: 1st and 10, handoff to RB Smith for 3 yards. 2nd and 7, handoff to RB Smith again for another 2 yards. 3rd and 5, pass for no gain. 4th and 5, K Dunlap attempts a 40 yard field goal, but misses.
TOL 22: 1st and 10, pass to their RB for 8 yards. 2nd and 2, incomplete pass. 3rd and 2, another incomplete pass. 4th and 2, punt to WR Scott who returns it to the TOL 47 for a return of 26 yards.
TOL 47: 1st and 10, QB Varela passes to RB Smith for 15 yards. TOL 32: 1st and 10, QB Varela bombs it to WR Richardson, for a gain of 19. TOL 13: 1st and 10, handoff to RB Smith for a gain of 6 but a flag is called, face mask on Toledo! TOL 3: 1st and Goal, handoff to RB Smith for a gain of 1 yard. 2nd and Goal on TOL 2, toss to RB Smith is stopped for no gain. 3rd and Goal, QB Varela passes it to WR Richardson for a touchdown, but the referee has thrown a flag! Holding against Florida Atlantic! 4th and Goal on the TOL 2, K Dunlap kicks the field goal but misses the 20 yarder! Wait, flag… defensive holding! 1st and 10 on the TOL 1! Handoff to RB Smith through the middle and he’s in! Touchdown! K Dunlap kicks the extra point in, and it’s good. Our lead extends now, to 26-7. Barton kicks the ball off and it’s returned to the Toledo 16 with (1:21) left in the 2nd quarter.
TOL 16: 1st and 10, incomplete pass. DE Wood is hurt on the play and doesn’t look like he will return. 2nd and 10, screen pass gain for 5 yards. 3rd and 5, 18 yard pass but it’s called back due to a holding call on Toledo. (0:59) TOL 11: 3rd and 15, pass is complete to their TE for 18 yards. TOL 29: 1st and 10 (0:43), quick pass gains them 2 yards. FAU Timeout #1. TOL 31, 2nd and 8 (0:16), Toledo takes a knee to end the half.
Toledo 7, Florida Atlantic 26
Toledo’s Ball: We kick the ball off and they start with it on their own 9. They push it up the field a good amount, and SS Ingram forces a fumble through one of his hard hits, but Toledo recovers it. A holding call down on our own 36 gave them a good field position as they continued pushing down. ILB May got hurt and won’t be returning this game. We stopped them finally at 4th and 1 on our own 17, and they knocked in a 35 yard field goal to try and close the gap in the score.
FAU’s Ball: CB Coleman gets the kickoff and brought it to Toledo’s 45. QB Varela on 2nd down, dumps it to RB Smith when his receivers weren’t open and RB Smith charges down field for a gain of 42! QB Varela on the next down runs the option, fakes the pitch, and runs it into the end zone for a touchdown! K Dunlap’s extra point is good. TOL 10, FAU 33.
Toledo’s Ball: A touchback on the kickoff gave them the ball on their 20. After a quick 3 and out, they were forced to punt the ball.
FAU’s Ball: WR Scott returns it to our 33. We wound up going 3 and out ourselves, and had to punt it back to them with (3:59) left on the 3rd quarter play clock.
Toledo’s Ball: They return the punt to their 31 yard line. They start pushing up the field, passing our 50 yard line and into field goal territory. However they don’t get close enough and have to eventually punt it to end the 3rd quarter.
FAU’s Ball: They punt it to our 13 for no return. A handoff to RB Smith is stopped as Smith is hit hard and fumbles the ball!
Toledo’s Ball: They get it on our 10 yard line, and it doesn’t take long before they find themselves in the end zone for a touchdown! They try to go for 2 but they are sacked instead. TOL 16, FAU 33.
FAU’s Ball: SS Copeland gets the kickoff and returns it to our 37 yard line. They force it down past the 50 yard line, and a pass to WR Olsen looks like it’s going to be a touchdown but Olsen is hit and fumbles the ball. Toledo recovers and brings it to their 44 yard line.
Toledo’s Ball: We did a good job of stopping them until we got a face mask penalty called on us. Even though they were put on our 46 yard line after the penalty, we still were able to stop them and force them to punt.
FAU’s Ball: A touchback punt gave us the ball on our 20. A holding call works to our advantage giving us an automatic first down. 9 minutes left in the game. We get another penalty, face mask on the defense that helps us out a lot. FB Nelson was injured on the run from QB Varela to Toledo’s 13 and won’t return. We eventually got it to 4th and 1 on their 4 yard line, and K Dunlap kicked in the 22 yard field goal. Toledo 16, FAU 36.
Toledo’s Ball: They get the ball on their own 14. We make them go 3 and out, and they punt it to our 43 yard line.
FAU’s Ball: With (3:55) left in play, we tried to run the clock out. QB Varela forces the ball on 2nd down into tight coverage and gets it intercepted on the Toledo 24.
Toledo’s Ball: (3:18) two passes, one being a 64 yard pass later, and Toledo is in the end zone for the touchdown. Their extra point kick was good. Toledo 23, Florida Atlantic 36.
FAU’s Ball: They go for the onside kick but we recover it on our own 44. (2:00 minute warning called.) We go 3 and out and on the punt, we’ve brought the clock down all the way to (0:59).
Toledo’s Ball: (0:59) They get the ball to start on their 2 yard line from our amazing punter. We force their QB to throw the ball out of fear, and SS Copeland returns the favor with an interception! He returns it 36 yards!
FAU’s Ball: (0:24) A couple hand offs make Toledo waste a couple time outs, the QB takes a knee to get the clock down to (0:02) then K Dunlap kicks a 27 yard field goal to end the game.
Florida Atlantic defeats Toledo, 39 - 23.
FAU Game 4
C Sammie Thompson is still dealing with his severe concussion, and although he is able to play, we’re going to let him sit one more week till he’s 100% again. DE Beltran sprained his elbow last week against Toledo, but we’re going to go ahead and let him play this week. DE Wood hurt his wrist last week, and we’re going to let him sit out this week until we can find out fully what’s wrong with it. We’re thinking it’s just a bruise but we’d rather be safe than sorry. FS Masterson bruised his abdomen last week but recovered very nicely and should be playing this week. C Martinez is going to start his second game this week for Thompson, while DE Weir is going to get a chance to start this week in place of Wood.
(1-2) Louisiana-Laf vs. (3-0) Florida Atlantic
We’ve already been talked about a lot this year, as we’ve already matched the wins they had last year in the first 3 weeks of the season. 14,127 people came to this week’s game.
ULL’s Ball: ULL get the ball first off the kickoff. On 3rd and 3, they break tackles on the outside and are able to break free for a 30 yard run. A holding call on CB Coleman gives ULL 10 yards and a good first down. 3rd and 11, they look to handoff and get about 4 yards, but their QB goes down hurt, it doesn’t look like he’ll return! The 42 yard field goal is good, and ULL goes up 3-0.
FAU Ball: We get the ball on our own 33. C Martinez gets called for an ineligible receiver downfield causing a 1st and 15. 3rd and 15, OG Clark goes down with an injury to his hamstring, but the doctors say he should return. After a 3 and out, we have to punt the ball.
ULL Ball: They get the ball after the punt on their 38. Their first play is a 37 yard pass, they are exposing our secondary for sure, as well as our CB’s who keep getting beat. We knock down their QB hard, and their 2nd string QB is now injured! It doesn’t look like he will return either. We’re able to stop them on 3rd and 6 for a gain of only 4 yards and they are forced to kick a field goal, which is good. ULL takes the lead, 6-0.
FAU Ball: We get the ball on our 37, but again we go 3 and out and have to punt the ball.
ULL Ball: They get the ball on their own 4 after our punt. We make them go 3 and out now to get the ball back, 5 minutes left in the 1st.
FAU Ball: We wind up starting the ball this time on our 49. QB Varela on 3rd down finds WR Richardson for 29 yards putting us in field goal territory on the ULL 19. 3rd and 8, QB Varela finds WR Richardson again on the long ball, 17 yard reception is brought in and it’s a touchdown! K Dunlap’s kick is good. FAU 7, ULL 6.
ULL Ball: Touchback gives them the ball at the 20. 3rd and 2, DE Curry nails their RB hard and forces the fumble! Curry recovers it by diving on it!
FAU Ball: On the ULL 27, we’re able to get a couple nice runs up to the ULL 10. QB Varela finds WR Richardson again on the post route and Richardson brings the ball down for a 10 yard touchdown! The extra point is good by K Dunlap! FAU 14, ULL 6.
ULL Ball: With 1:27 left in the 1st, ULL gets the ball on their 15. Just as the clock reaches 0, we’re able to make them go 3 and out and punt the ball.
FAU Ball: After the punt we get the ball on the ULL 41. A holding call brings us to the 31, where QB Varela looked too long at his receiver and gets his throw intercepted and returned to the 24.
ULL Ball: Although they got off the interception and had momentum, our defense was able to stop them for a quick 3 and out.
FAU Ball: We get the punt on our 29. Two runs and 1 first down later, WR Olsen broke the other way that QB Varela threw it and the ball is intercepted again on our own 45, and is returned 10 yards to our 35 yard line.
ULL Ball: Another interception that gave them the momentum, and they start pushing it up to our 22. A nice run gives them 1st and goal on our 2 yard line, and the next play they pass it right into our end zone for a touchdown. Their extra point was good, which tightened our lead to 1, FAU 14, ULL 13.
FAU Ball: With 9 minutes left in the half, we take the kickoff and run it back to our 24. FB Nelson on 2nd down, hurt his wrist and had to come out, though he should return shortly. We wind up going 3 and out, and punting the ball.
ULL Ball: The punt goes to the ULL 19 with no return. Our defense was out to play this time and stopped them hard, for a 3 and out and force them to punt as well.
FAU Ball: Their punt to us is returned to the ULL 42. We start pushing it into their end zone, finding WR Olsen for 10 yards. We push it up a bit more with some run plays, making it 1st and 10 on the ULL 13. A pass to WR Olsen over the top is perfectly placed for a 13 yard gain and a touchdown! The extra point is good, which makes it FAU 21, ULL 13.
ULL Ball: A little less than 3 minutes in the half, and ULL gets a touchback to get the ball on their 20. Their first play, ILB May plants his feet and catches their WR with a huge hit and forces the fumble! May recovers it for a 2 yard gain and it’s FAU ball on the ULL 23!
FAU Ball: We make it to 4th and 2 on the ULL 15, when K Dunlap kicks the 33 yard field goal and it’s good. FAU 24, ULL 13.
ULL Ball: 1 minute left in the half, and they get the kickoff on their own 21. DE Beltran goes down on a huge run from them gaining them 27 yards. Beltran is out for the rest of the game. (0:13 left in the game) they can’t complete the pass and it’s 4th and 8 on the 50 yard line.
FAU Ball: We receive the punt on our 14 with 0:04 seconds left on the clock. QB Varela takes a knee to go into the half leading, Florida Atlantic 24, Louisiana-Laf 13.
FAU Ball: They kick the ball off to us and we return it to our 19. After a simple 3 and out, we wind up having to punt it.
ULL Ball: They get the ball after the punt on their 35. FS Masterson on their first play steps in front of the receiver and intercepts the ball! He returns it for 16 yards to the 50.
FAU Ball: We start pushing it up slowly and then a run from RB Smith for 12 yards puts us in 1st and 10 position on the ULL 22. QB Varela finds WR Richardson on 3rd and 8 for 17 yards and we’re on the 1 yard line! Handoff to RB Smith the next play and it’s in, touchdown! K Dunlap’s extra point is good, and we’ve extended our lead FAU 31, ULL 13.
ULL Ball: With 8 and a half minutes left, ULL receives the kickoff at the 29 yard line. On 2nd and 9, they get a 23 yard pass off putting them on our own 47. After that long break, they can’t find anyone open on the next few plays and they are forced to punt.
FAU Ball: (6:04) The punt is past the end zone for a touchback. 3 and out, and another punt coming ULL’s way.
ULL Ball: ULL returns the punt to their 31. They push their way for a first down, then get a pass off for 36 yards making it 1st and 10 on our 20 yard line. 2nd and 11, they get a 17 yard run off on us bringing it to 1st and goal on our 4. We’re able to stop their 3 runs though, making them kick the 22 yard field goal and it’s good. FAU 31, ULL 16. That’s the end of the 3rd.
FAU Ball: Touchback after the kickoff gives us the ball at the 20. QB Varela finds a 1st down on a run, then finds WR Richardson for 18 to the ULL 49. FB Nelson hurt his knee and is out for the rest of the game. It looked like a potential punt was coming, but a roughing the passer call on ULL helped us out a lot and put us on their 36. TE Peterson gives them the first down on 3rd and 5, and then QB Varela finds him for 22 yards putting us on the ULL 3. TE Peterson then is open in the end zone where QB Varela finds him for 3 yards and a touchdown on 3rd down. K Dunlap’s extra point is good, and our lead is FAU 38, ULL 16.
ULL Ball: Kickoff results in a touchback. 10 minutes left to play, their QB is sacked for a loss of 12, and it’s 4th and 21 forcing them to punt.
FAU Ball: (8:32) We return the punt to the ULL 39. On 2nd and 10, a pass by QB Varela is intercepted again! It’s returned 46 yards to our own 34.
ULL Ball: (7:45) They try to use the momentum to get back in the game, but the FAU defense isn’t making it easy. FS Masterson is injured on 3rd and 13, he’s out for the game. 4th down and they have to punt it.
FAU Ball: (5:57) We get the ball on our 3. Reverse to WR Richardson on 3rd and long, and we get a gain of 27 yards. We’re on our own 31 still, but slowly pushing forward that field goal range. Unfortunately we don’t push very far and have to punt it after two looks to WR Richardson didn’t go anywhere.
ULL Ball: (3:59) They get the punt at their own 21. A quick pass 1st down gets them 47 yards! On our own 32, we get a sack! (2:53) CB Dunn on their 2nd down intercepts the ball!
FAU Ball: (2:05) on our own 20. After the 2 minute warning, FAU doesn’t get much with their runs and wind up having to punt it.
ULL Ball: They get the punt on their own 29. (1:15) left to play. They get a pass off for 1 yard then call a timeout. Their second play gets them 8 yards, but nothing too great right now. Louisiana-Laf calls their second timeout! (1:03) Their third play winds up getting intercepted again, this time by ILB May!
FAU Ball: (0:55) Handoff play on 1st and 10 on our 29 yard line. A handoff to RB Smith for 8 yards and Louisiana-Laf calls their final timeout. (0:27) QB Varela takes a knee to end the game, Florida Atlantic – 38, Louisiana-Laf – 16.
We got some tape this week of some of our possible recruit targets for this next year, and this is what we’re seeing so far from the ones who’ve asked to come visit:
FAU GAME FIVE
(4-0) Florida Atlantic vs. (1-4) Louisiana Tech
During LATC’s first possession, we sack them twice in a row for a safety! Florida Atlantic 2, Louisiana Tech 0.
On our first possession, we move it down the field and RB Smith runs it 11 yards for a touchdown! Florida Atlantic 9, Louisiana Tech 0.
LATC punts on their second possession, 3 and out.
23 yard pass on our possession from QB Varela to TE Peterson is a touchdown! Florida Atlantic 16, Louisiana Tech 0.
LATC starts pushing it up the field until CB Coleman intercepts the ball!
We wind up punting it after a few first downs back to them.
LATC starts with the ball on our 45, launches a long ball and FS Masterson comes up with the pick!
We get stopped short on the 6 yard lines and have to settle for a 24 yard field goal attempt, but K Dunlap misses it!
LATC pushes it to the 50 but winds up having to punt it.
We get the ball on our 9 yard line, and after a quick 3 and out, we punt it back to them.
LATC winds up having to punt it after a 3 and out of their own. 3 minutes left until halftime.
We brought it to the LATC 18 yard line, but were forced to try for another field goal. 36 yarder is… no good again!
LATC’s ball with 46 seconds left in the half. On 4th and 8, we call a timeout to stop the clock after two incomplete passes and a 2 yard run.
We return the punt to the 43 with 0:22 left in the half. Quick pass for a gain of 4 and we have to call our second timeout with 0:16 left. Another pass for a gain of 9 brings us to the 44 yard line and makes us use our last timeout for 0:08 left. A long pass goes for 23 yards to WR Olsen to the LATC 21 yard line! He steps out of bounds with 0:01 second left! 39 field goal from K Dunlap is up, and it’s good to end the half! Florida Atlantic 19, Louisiana Tech 0.
We start with the ball on the kickoff, and force it down the field for a touchdown! FAU 26, LATC 0.
LATC starts pushing the ball toward our side of the field, but eventually has to punt.
We make it back to the red zone, and kick a 35 yard field goal is good this time for K Dunlap!
3 and out from LATC forces a punt back to us.
This time K Dunlap kicks a 26 yard field goal good! FAU 32, LATC 0.
LATC gets an 83 yard kick return, and then a touchdown shortly after! FAU 32, LATC 7.
We punted to them after not getting very far.
They got to 4th and 1, looked like they had to punt, but instead they went for it and got it! But it didn’t give much results as they had to punt the next possession.
Getting the ball on our 7 got us 1 first down before we had to punt it again.
After a great stop by our defense, we force LATC to go 3 and out.
We’ve taken our starters out at this point so for the first time this game, our 3rd string RB was out there. We go 3 and out with 1 yard runs and a punt.
They pushed it up the field pretty good and it was 4th and 15 on our 20 yard line with 0:33 left in the 4th. They pass it on 4th but it falls incomplete.
Our QB takes a knee on our possession, ending the game. FAU 32, LATC 7.
What game are you important your draft classes to assuming your using BBCF for all of this? I didnt know there was a Pro version or even a way to see where guys get drafted
FAU Game 6
C Kevin Harris has joined the recruiting targets, coming to visit our school this week.
(2-3) North Texas vs. (5-0) Florida Atlantic
North Texas started the game with the ball on their 20, and two plays later, they found the end zone. Not a good start seeing our FS getting beat his first time at that position. 7-0, UNT.
On our first drive down the field, we got down to the UNT 6 but couldnít finish in the end zone and had to bring K Dunlap out for the 24 yard field goal, which was good. 7-3, UNT is still in the lead.
This time, North Texas met the actual Florida Atlantic Defense that I knew we had and we shut them out, for a quick 3 and out. When we got the ball back, we forced it down field with a couple big plays from FB Nelson and runs from QB Varela, and then nail it in the end zone to WR Richardson for a touchdown! 10-7, FAU takes the lead!
UNT got the ball back, and wound up 4th and 2, and they went for it and got it. But their next play came to 4th and 29 so they punted it away.
This time itís FAUís Tight End, Jess Peterson who finds the end zone at the beginning of the second, bring us up 17-7. UNT responded going down the field and knocking in a field goal of their own to lessen our lead to 7. 17-10, FAU is in the lead.
We brought in RB Keith Blevins for a drive, but picked up 5 yards on 3 plays so we wound up punting the ball away. UNTís ball on the 9, and WR Goss for the North Texas hasnít been heard of since his scoring 2 plays in the first minute of the game. A pass is high intended to WR Goss, and our ILB Jack Sandoval gets under it and picks it off! We have the ball on the 22, but have to settle for a 39 yard field goal from K Dunlap which is good. FAU extends the lead, 20-10.
UNT pushes it down to our 35 yard line, but then CB Reginald Coleman hits the UNT QB hard and makes him fumble! Coleman jumps on the ball and recovers it for FAU. With 0:30 seconds left, QB Varela sails it out to WR Craig Olsen for a touchdown! 27-10, we stay in the lead.
Halftime: QB Varela has thrown 3 touchdowns to 3 different receivers, TE Peterson, WR Olsen, and WR Richardson. Meanwhile the running game has slacked a lot, with RB Williams running 9 times for a measly 34 yards, and Blevins running 3 times for 5 yards. RB Williams is just over 3ypc right now. Meanwhile our defense has already caused 2 fumbles, and 1 interception.
A couple punts back and forth eventually led to a field goal by North Texas. 27-13, Florida Atlantic is still in the lead. A couple more punts and the 3rd quarter was relatively boring.
A couple more punts continue the trend, until QB Varela throws a bad pass that gets picked off with a little less than 10 minutes left! UNT canít get much from it, so they settle for a field goal bringing the score 27-16.
Nothing really happens except an exchange of punts until the 2 minute warning. Down by 11, UNT has to do something if they want to win as we punt the ball to them with 1:56 left on the clock. An excellent punt puts them on their own 3 yard line. They try to push it down the field, and get to their own 49, but 3 dropped passes in a row and the last one being on 4th down, ended the game.
FAU defeated UNT, 27-16.
FAU Game 7
DE Kurt Wood, FB Bryan Nelson have fully recovered from their injuries. FS Masterson still has some breathing issues recovering from his broken ribs, so weíve decided to sit him again this week and see how he recovers next week. RB Smith still has some inflammation in his knee but says heís able to play. Doc says he wonít be 100%, but weíre trusting Johnís opinion and letting him suit up, but he wonít be taking the majority of snaps, if any. FS Peter Green and RB Edward Williams will be starting in their place again this week.
We worked our way up the field on our first possession, and QB Varela runs the ball in 10 yards himself for a touchdown. (7-0 FAU)
FS Peter Green deflects a pass and CB Reginald Coleman dives making a shoe-tip diving catch for an amazing interception!
Their RB was tackled in their own end zone for a safety! (9-0 FAU)
Right off of the safety, QB Varela finds WR Olsen in the end zone for a touchdown! We tried for a 2 point conversion to put us up by 4 possessions but failed. (15-0 FAU)
OLB Ned Perry catches a ball overthrown to the wide out for an interception!
K Shane Dunlap knocks in a 41 yard field goal. (18-0 FAU)
Ohioís 29 yard field goal is blocked!!!
0:47 seconds left in the game, and CB Forrest Dunn intercepts the ball to end the game!
Florida Atlantic defeats Ohio in a shutout, 18 to 0!
FAU Game 8
Going to Louisiana-Monroe, RB John Smith still isn’t 100% with his knee, but we’re going to let him take first string snaps this week and hope his knee gets better not worse. DE Wood and Beltran are both sitting out, Wood with a shoulder injury and Beltran with a neck injury. FS Masterson is getting better so he’s close to getting playing time. Curry, Weir, and Ware are filling in the DE positions while FS Green gets the go ahead over Masterson.
Florida Atlantic (7-0) vs. (1-6) Louisiana-Monroe
- Pass from QB Varela to WR Richardson for a touchdown. 7-0 FAU.
- ULM responds with a touchdown of their own, tied game. 7-7.
- QB Varela brings the FAU offense down the field, but winds up throwing an interception off a tip.
- K Shane Dunlap knocks in a 40 yard field goal to regain the lead for us. 10-7 FAU.
- K Dunlap kicks in another 34 yard field goal extending our lead. 13-7 FAU.
- ULM attempts a 49 yard field goal but doesn’t get it!
- QB Varela makes a god-awful pass right to the other team for another interception.
- ULM capitalizes on the interception only to get their field goal blocked!
- K Dunlap kicks in a 48 yard field goal, perfectly. 16-7 FAU.
- 2:16 left in the game, and ULM is able to score a touchdown. They miss the extra point though! 16-13 FAU.
- 0:23 left in the game, and K Dunlap kicks in a 35 yard field goal! 19-13 FAU.
- Touchback on the kickoff gives them the ball with 0:16 left. 1st down, incomplete with 0:09 left. Second down, incomplete with 0:03 left on the clock. 3rd down, 0:00 left on the clock, and the ULM QB is sacked for the win!
Florida Atlantic defeats Louisiana-Monroe, 19-13.
Another nail-biter finish and we’ve amazingly led our team to 8 wins, 0 losses and on our way to an undefeated streak, though the idea of it actually lasting that long is still hardly believable.
The media has finally caught on to what is going on down in Florida with me, and they labeled me the “Miracle Coach” and I’ve received multiple calls and emails begging for interviews. Finally I decided to give into one, and sat down with ESPN Anchors to do an interview, I told them it’d be my only interview for this season. This is how it went:
Anchor Mike Kunz: And we’re back with a very special gift for everyone, the miracle coach himself, Coach Demarco is here with us live! Coach we’re going to get blunt and get straight to the questions everyone has been wondering, how are you doing it?
Me: I’m not sure what exactly it is you’re referring to?
Anchor Lauren Davis: Don’t be shy Coach, this isn’t the time! You’ve taken a no name team, Geneva Bible and made them pretty much a national contender when you were with them.
Anchor Kunz: Exactly, Geneva Bible was a 4-9 school, and the season you went on, you brought them to 8-5, and then contended at the New Orleans Bowl.
Me: And lost that, mind you. I definitely remember that.
Anchor Davis: Yes, but then you had two back to back 12-1 seasons, where you won the New Orleans Bowl. Then an 11-2 season where you won the Liberty Bowl, and your final season you went 12-1 and…
Me: And lost at the Rose Bowl. Yes I recall that as well.
Anchor Kunz: 63-10 is your record so far, which is incredible. Nobody in the NCAA even remotely is close to your win percentage. You’ve brought your team to the post season all 5 of the years you were there, and you look to be doing the same this year! This year might I share, Geneva Bible after you left has had a 3-5 record so far? Yet you come over to this 3-9 Florida Atlantic team, and suddenly they are 8-0? This is what everyone wants to know, what are you doing, and how is that happening?
Anchor Davis: There surely has to be something you do differently, and that’s the question. How can you turn a team around so drastically?
Me: Let’s not forget, the season is certainly not over. We have a far way to go from where we want to be. I’ve done nothing but believe in my boys, and I’ve seen them reach a potential I knew they could get to, and I’ve held them to that standard even when they thought it couldn’t be done. We all have weak moments where we find ourselves faltering in our faith, and I thank God every day I had someone who could be there for me when that happened in my life. All I’m doing is paying it forward, being there for my players when they fall. These boys at FAU are a family, they are closer than blood could have ever made them. I’m not doing anything… they are.
Anchor Davis: And I can certainly respect that Coach Demarco, but you have to take some credit. You don’t get there by just letting the players do their thing, it takes leadership.
Me: Perfect leadership comes through serving, Ms. Davis. The only credit I can take, is for the effort I put into to showing them their next opponent. Me, and our whole team of Coaches take that credit. We put in the effort off the field to match their effort on the field, and together, as a team, we can’t be stopped. We may lose, we may be defeated, but we won’t be stopped. We’ll get back up, every single time, and we’ll be a challenge to any team we face.
Anchor Kunz: Well the talk has been there this season about being undefeated…
Me: I can just stop you there. We aren’t worried about being undefeated or even being defeated, we’re worried about Arkansas State and beating them. That’s our focus, that’s our goal, and that’s the end goal. We don’t want to be undefeated, we just want to beat Arkansas State.
Anchor Davis: Have you ever thought about running for a position in the NFL?
Me: Have I thought about it? Absolutely I have! Is it something I’m actively pursuing right now, no. It’s not in my interest right now, right now I’m coaching FAU, I’m the Coach of these boys, and I get the utmost privilege of being their mentor. Right now, this is where I belong.
They closed out the rest of the interview and I took my leave after they shook my hand and told me what an honor it was to meet me. It was pretty weird, I’m nothing special... but the feeling quickly ran out of my head. I had prepping to do, we had Arkansas State next week, and a team meeting tomorrow. There was a lot of work left that needed to be done, and no one around to do it but me.
FAU Game 9
DE Beltran, ILB May, and FS Masterson are finally back to 100%. RB Smith and DE Wood aren’t 100 but they’re close. OT Stuart Nelson has an internal injury in his stomach and is strongly advised not to play so we’ll sit him, while DE Curry has a torn tendon in his ankle and will be sitting out for at least a few weeks. On the offensive line, R. Barnett and G. Worley will both be replacing Nelson, while Beltran and Estrada will be replacing DE Curry. SS Daniel Chow decided to visit us from Lakeside, Idaho to check out our program, he’s extremely interested in potentially playing for us.
Arkansas State (2-7) vs. (8-0) Florida Atlantic
- Arkansas State forces a 3 and out, and capitalizes by scoring a touchdown! 7-0, ARKS.
- CB Joseph Small intercepts Arkansas State!
- K Dunlap kicks in a 43 yard field goal. 7-3 ARKS.
- Arkansas State again, scores another touchdown on a 47 yard pass. 14-3 ARKS.
- Handoff to RB Smith for a touchdown! 14-10 ARKS.
- RB Smith is hit hard and fumbles, and then CB Forrest Dunn nails their RB the next play and makes him fumble!
- WR Craig Olsen makes an incredible catch for 14 yards and a touchdown! 17-14, FAU.
- RB Williams went in to take a couple snaps, and has a footrace into the end zone for a TD! 24-14 FAU!
- Arkansas State responded with a touchdown of their own. 24-21 FAU.
- Arkansas State knocks in a field goal to tie the game, 24-24.
- QB Varela makes a terrible throw, which is easily intercepted.
- Arkansas State capitalizes off the interception with a field goal to take the lead. 27-24 ARKS.
- QB Varela responds with WR Olsen on a 70 yard touchdown catch! 31-27, FAU.
- WR Richardson scored a touchdown on a reverse! 38-27 FAU!
- RB Williams was in again for RB Smith, and again scored a touchdown! 45-27 FAU.
- OLB Isiah Edmonds intercepts the ball from Arkansas State to end the game!
Florida Atlantic seals away Arkansas State, 45 to 27.
FAU Game 10
FAU held on to close against Arkansas State last week, and the win really came when we outlasted their endurance. They just pretty much quit around the middle of the 3rd and our guys were still ready to fight, and we wound up just overcoming them scoring 24 points to their 3 in the second half. We had a feeling Troy wouldn’t be a push over though, so we weren’t going to go into this game underestimating them. RB Smith has progressed really well, and he’s at about 90% with this injury to his knee, so it should be gone by next week even though he’ll be playing against Troy. OT Stuart Nelson said he wanted to play this week, but our trainers didn’t believe it’d be a smart move so we’re sitting him so Barnett and Worley will continue to be our starters. DE Curry is nowhere near able to play because of the torn tendon in his ankle though DE Kurt Wood is finally able to play from that injury to his shoulder. Our D Coach however decided to put Wood in as third string and let Beltran and Weir continue their starting roles.
Florida Atlantic (9-0) vs. (3-6) Troy
- QB Varela on their first drive up the field, finds WR James Richardson for a TD in the end zone! 7-0 FAU.
- On their second drive, QB Varela finds TE John Bailey for his second passing TD. 14-0 FAU!
- On our third drive, we set up for a 32 yard field goal but have it blocked!!!
- Two back to back ineligible receiver calls on OG Dennis Clark makes us punt for the first time in this game.
- SS Johnny Copeland makes them fumble the ball, but they recover it.
- Troy finally gets on the board with a field goal. 14-3, FAU.
- Screen pass from QB Varela to TE Jess Peterson puts up another TD! 21-3, FAU.
- We start to push it up the field with :30 left on the clock, and with an unbelievable catch, QB Varela is intercepted!
- FS Wilfred Masterson nails the QB hard for a sack and a fumble and it’s recovered by FAU!
- K Shane Dunlap kicks in his first field goal, a 29 yarder to add on 3 after his first attempt was blocked. 24-3, FAU.
- Troy tries to add on a field goal, but misses a 48 yard attempt.
- RB Edward Williams gets a 51 yard rush for a touchdown! The speed of this guy is amazing. 31-3, FAU.
- DE Donald Beltran sacks the QB and makes him fumble again but this time Troy recovers the ball.
- RB John Smith gets a 56 yard break away run himself for a touchdown, but it’s called back due to illegal motion!
- Kicker Shane Dunlap knocks in his second field goal. 34-3, FAU.
- QB Varela connects with WR James Richardson for his second TD catch of the game. 40-3, FAU after K Dunlap misses the extra point. Coach Demarco is pissed.
- SS Johnny Copeland forces another fumble and this time FAU recovers!
- QB Cody Walker has started taking snaps at about 4 minutes left in the game.
- K Shane Dunlap knocks in a 41 yard field goal, his third of the game. 43-3, FAU.
- K Dunlap knocks in his 4th field goal, a 38 yarder to end the game.
Florida Atlantic defeats Troy, 46 to 3.
QB Varela threw 25 for 35, for 283 yards, 4 touchdowns, and 1 interception.
Backup QB Walker threw 1 for 2 for 15 yards.
RB Smith ran the ball 28 times for 147 yards and RB Williams was 14 for 82 and 1 TD.
WR Richardson caught the ball 7 times out of 9 attempts, for 79 yards and 2 TD’s.
TE Peterson caught the ball 7 times out of 10 attempts, for 76 yards and 1 TD.
WR Olsen caught the ball 7 times out of 9 attempts for 58 yards.
TE Bailey caught the ball 2 times out of 3 attempts for 54 yards and 1 TD.