Monday, September 19, 2005
After games against
Exactly what the Owls have gained in their three consecutive losses to established programs will be on display Thursday when FAU (0-3) faces Louisiana-Monroe in the Owls' first Sun Belt Conference game in program history.
"These pre-conference games have been helpful in our development," FAU coach Howard Schnellenberger said. "I know doggone well that they've experienced things that are helpful to them. I've been told by more than one player that they never thought they would be playing teams like this while they were here."
When Schnellenberger explains the Owls' scheduling philosophy of playing tough teams in an attempt to make FAU better, he speaks in terms of the long haul.
But after a 46-7 mauling by
"Winning is very important, and that is always the case" Schnellenberger said. "But beating somebody inferior to you is nice — it's not going through the school of hard knocks. The team goes out each week to win, but when they don't, they don't look at it as a total loss. They look at it as if we are not ready to beat these teams now, but we are getting closer by going through these tough times."
FAU players were disappointed
with the loss to
"Going against physical, higher-level teams, we feel we are where we are supposed to be," sophomore running back DiIvory Edgecomb said. "We are a young team and it's a big step going from I-AA to I-A."
The Owls may have improved each week this season, but it didn't matter against the Gophers.
The Gophers had 579 yards of total offense, the most given up by an FAU team.
"I'm not happy with the
way we played and I think we should have measured up better," Schnellenberger said. "We've crammed a lot in a
three-week period and we'll cram even more in a five-week period. Our kids
learned a lot (Saturday) and they learned a lot against