· The most popular person at the Florida Atlantic alumni tent set up outside Memorial
Stadium was Jared Allen, FAU's starting quarterback
for its first four seasons.
Allen played every game in FAU's brief history
until Saturday, when he watched Danny Embick take
over his old spot.
"It's great to be here to see
Danny, but it's going to be weird watching from the stands," said Allen,
who passed for 8,100 yards and 50 touchdowns in his career. Allen, who is
drove in for the game with his parents and fiancee.
Embick's two 66-yard passes, to Thomas Parker in
the first quarter and DiIvory Edgecomb
in the third quarter, did not threaten Allen's record for longest touchdown
pass in team history. That was an 88-yard strike to Parker against Albany in 2001, FAU's first season. Allen also had touchdown passes of
80, 73, 71 and 67. It was Embick's longest touchdown
pass, topping the 43-yard pass to Parker last year at Northern
While Allen was glad he could watch the game in person, he would have rather
been in Tampa Bay. Allen signed a free-agent
contract with the Buccaneers but was cut last week.
"I'm staying in shape. You never know what can happen. Right now it
looks like I might play in Europe if I don't
make the practice squad," Allen said.
Allen said he had talked earlier in the day to Chris Laskowski,
who had also played in every FAU game.
Laskowski, who was signed as a free agent by Indianapolis, has made
it through the first few rounds of cuts and still has a chance of making the
Going into Saturday's game, FAU was 2-2 in season openers, and 2-0 in
upset wins on the road.
After losing to Slippery Rock in its first game in 2001, FAU then played up
by taking on Division I-A South Florida in 2002, and got drubbed 50-12.
But in 2003, still a I-AA team, FAU went on the road
and knocked off I-A Middle Tennessee 20-19 on a last-second pass.
Last year, while South Florida was dealing with Hurricane Frances, FAU was in Hawaii beating the Warriors 35-28 in
After watching video of Kansas,
FAU coaches felt the quarterback they would be facing Saturday would be
senior Brian Luke. "He's big, can run and moves the team when he's in
there," said defensive coordinator Kirk Hoza.
The Owls did end up facing Luke, but only after Kansas coach Mark Mangino
benched starter Adam Barmann after the first
quarter. Mangino had said Barmann
was the clear winner for the job in camp, but yanked him after he went 5 of
11 for 56 yards and one interception.
While the Kansas
program has not had a lot of success, it has produced a number of quality
players. Topping the list is Hall of Fame running back Gale Sayers (1962-64).
John Riggins, another Hall of Fame running back, also played for the Jayhawks (1968-70). Former NFL quarterbacks John Hadl and Bobby Douglass are Kansas grads.