Latest wipeout makes it 113-17 in Cowboys' favor
STILLWATER, Okla. - Florida Atlantic's three-game
contract with Oklahoma State ended with Saturday's game, and the
Owls would be wise not to renew it.
The Cowboys blasted FAU 42-6 at Boone Pickens Stadium, making it three wins in three years by a combined score of 113-17.
FAU (1-1) had been hoping to show it had closed the gap on Oklahoma State (1-1) after two previous blowout losses, but mistakes in the first half and big plays by the Cowboys in the second doomed FAU, which scored one touchdown in 12 quarters against Oklahoma State.
The game couldn't have started any
worse for FAU.
A holding penalty on the opening kickoff gave the Owls a first down at their own 8-yard line.
On the first play from scrimmage, Rusty Smith passed to wide receiver Chris Bonner who juggled the ball, allowing the Cowboys' Andre Sexton to snatch it and run it in for a touchdown.
FAU was down 7-0 just 13 seconds into the game, the quickest score ever recorded against the Owls.
"You can't make mistakes like we did tonight," Smith said.
Even with the mistake, FAU was still within striking distance throughout the first half and was down 14-6 with less than a minute left in the second quarter.
That is when the game turned, as it appeared the Owls had stopped a Cowboy drive when Corey Small out-wrestled Oklahoma State wide receiver Adarius Bowman for the ball in the end zone.
The officials signaled that Small had intercepted and ruled a touchback, giving the ball to FAU on the 20-yard line.
But before the Owls could snap the ball, time was called so officials could review the play.
After a lengthy review, the call was reversed and Oklahoma State was given a touchdown.
"That reversal of that call was a real kick in the stomach," said FAU defensive lineman Josh Pinnick.
"It's hard to bounce back from that."
Officials explained that the replay showed Bowman and Small both had possession as they each latched onto the pass in the corner of the end zone, and shared possession as they took several steps before Small ripped it away.
Shared possession goes to the offensive player, thus the touchdown, officials said, and the Owls were suddenly behind 21-6.
"That was the first time I have ever heard a call like that. It's tough to beat the refs to. That hurt a lot," Pinnick said.
The Owls would not bounce back, as the Cowboys scored on their first two possession of the second half, the first on a 47-yard pass to Hunter Kendall, the second on a 77-yard reception by Bowman, the 6-foot-4, 220-pound pre-season All-America candidate.
After not making a catch in the first quarter, Bowman ended the game with six catches for 135 yards and two touchdowns.
"Hats off to them," Pinnick said. "Big plays change games, and they made the big plays tonight."
FAU is now 0-9 against original BCS conference teams and hopes to snap that streak this Saturday when they host they host Minnesota (1-1) at Dolphin Stadium at 1 p.m.
"We are going to come back tomorrow and get everything fixed and we'll be ready for Minnesota next week," Smith said.