BOCA RATON ·
When talking about Florida Atlantic's trouble running the ball in Saturday's opener,
coach Howard Schnellenberger brought up 2002, a
year that sends shivers down the spines of the players who went through it.
But the Owls' anemic rushing attack against Kansas bore an eerie resemblance to what
happened that year.
FAU (0-1) rushed for 70 yards and
averaged 1.9 per carry in the 30-19 loss to the Jayhawks.
In 2002, the Owls averaged 1.9 yards per rush and 69.5 yards per game, and
that lack of production was a big reason the Owls started 0-8 and finished
FAU does not have a lot of time to make adjustments because it faces Oklahoma State at 7 p.m. Thursday at Dolphins
"It's fixable stuff," offensive lineman Nello Faulk said. "They had a good defensive line,
but it wasn't like they whooped us up front."
did was use a variety of blitzes and formations to confuse FAU's young line.
"They were really bringing it," quarterback Danny Embick said. "They were blitzing a lot."
If FAU cannot run, more blitzes will be coming.
"We have to be able to run to set up all the things we do,"
offensive coordinator Gary Nord said. "We have
to get the running game going."
That could be difficult. Oklahoma State (1-0) held Montana State
to 49 yards rushing in Saturday's 15-10 win.
"There won't be any wholesale changes," offensive line coach Dale
Williams said. "Kansas did some things
we hadn't seen, and we can expect the same from Oklahoma State,
but we'll be better prepared."
"The one thing we did well that is going to keep them out of blitzing
the house all the time is going deep," said Embick,
who had two 66-yard touchdown passes against Kansas.