State solidified the
scouting report on how to beat Florida Atlantic: Blitz, blitz and blitz.
Coach Howard Schnellenberger expects Minnesota will use that tactic when FAU plays in Minneapolis a week from
know what they are going to do," Schnellenberger
said. "We have to get better as a front five and as two running backs
and tight end to be protect the passer."
the first to find success by blitzing the Owls, and it helped the Jayhawks beat FAU 30-19 last Saturday.
Thursday night it was Oklahoma
State's turn to
outnumber FAU's inexperienced line and chase quarterback Danny Embick.
The result was a 23-3 win for the Cowboys.
"I kind of feel used to it," said Embick,
who was sacked four times Thursday and ran the ball 12 times, most of them
due to pressure. "They were bringing linebackers from everywhere."
After gaining 70 yards rushing against Kansas,
FAU ran for 129 against the Cowboys. But Oklahoma
State eliminated the big pass plays
FAU had used to stay close to the Jayhawks, and Embick, who threw for 299 yards and three touchdowns
was limited to 91 yards against OSU.
While FAU's offense remains a concern, Schnellenberger said the defense held up well Thursday.
"I am proud of the defense," Schnellenberger
said. "They had to perform strongly to keep the touchdowns from piling
The Owls (0-2) had Friday off, and will practice today and Sunday with the
emphasis on handling the blitz, and special teams.
Shomari Earls' neck injury is not serious. The
linebacker will be held out of practice this weekend and be reevaluated early
next week. ...
Backup linebacker Kinyumba Mutakabbir
injured his foot and is doubtful for the Minnesota game.
Florida Atlantic had hoped for a crowd of at least 20,000 to show up for
the Oklahoma State game, played at Dolphins
Stadium, so the announced crowd of 16,432 fell far shot.
"Of course it was discouraging," said Schnellenberger,
who has advocated a stadium on the Boca
Raton campus since the program was created in 1999.
"We have to start playing here on campus before we can evaluate the real
interest in football."
The lack of fans also is a concern because the school needs a total of 60,000
at its four home games to meet the NCAA requirement of averaging 15,000. FAU
must meet that average once in the next two years to remain in Division I-A.
While FAU is hoping to build a stadium on campus, the New Orleans Bowl
may not be able to be played in the Superdome. The Sun Belt Conference, which
FAU joined this season, hosts the bowl, which the Sun Belt winner is assured
a spot in.
Sun Belt Commissioner Wright Waters said the "game will happen,"
though where it will be played is still in question.