Florida Atlantic patterned the start to its football program
after the South Florida model.
On Saturday, the Owls will play host to football mentor USF
at the Bulls' highest point in their program's brief history.
"We think of (USF) as our older brother," FAU coach Howard
Schnellenbergersaid. "From the beginning, we looked to see
how they put it together. We followed them as a blueprint of how
to start a football team.
"Now our problem is that they've grown in stature beyond
USF, now ranked No. 6, is coming off a monumental win over
West Virginia last week.
USF, located in Tampa, Fla., is in its 11th year of football
existence, moving to Division I-A in 2001. The Bulls joined
Conference USA in 2003 and the Big East in 2005. FAU, in Boca
Raton, Fla., began its football program in 2001 and joined the
Sun Belt Conference in 2005.
Florida International, located in Miami, would also like to
follow USF's path.
"(USF) is a great example of how it can happen, and they've
got a buzz going," FIU coach Mario Cristobal said. "But
few people realize the struggles they had to go through. We're
in our infancy and have the same ingredients as they did."
Arkansas State quarterback Corey Leonard (offense) and
kick/punt returner Kevin Jones (special teams) each
garnered Sun Belt Player of the Week awards their efforts in the
Indians' 35-31 comeback win over Memphis last Thursday.
Leonard had 329 passing yards and three second-half
touchdowns, both career highs. Jones broke an 89-yard punt
return for a TD to spark ASU's rally from a 31-6 halftime
Carrying the load
With junior tailback Tyrell Fenroy out with an ankle
injury, junior quarterback Michael Desormeaux took on
even more of the offensive burden in a 37-19 loss at UCF
Desormeaux gained 92 yards rushing and threw for 154 yards
and a touchdown. He is the nation's leading rushing quarterback
at 102.8 yards per game.
"He gave a great effort," ULL coach Rickey Bustle told
The Daily Advertiser, referring to Desormeaux's play. "He had
some good throws and he scrambled well. It's a shame he has to
do so much. We protected pretty well until right at the end, but
he kept us going and made some plays."
UL-Monroe's defense handled Troy's offense better than any
opponent this season, but the offense was a no-show. The
Warhawks allowed just 17 points in a 24-7 loss, with Troy's
first touchdown coming on Boris Lee's 28-yard
ULM senior tailback Calvin Dawson gained 159 yards on
20 carries and has eclipsed the 100-yard mark in nine straight
games. However, junior quarterback Kinsmon Lancaster
threw for just 114 yards and the costly interception.
Wrong place, time
North Texas picked the wrong circumstances to face Arkansas
Saturday when it was beaten 66-7. The Razorbacks were coming off
back-to-back painful losses to Kentucky and Alabama.
Arkansas running backs Darren McFadden, Felix Jones
and Brandon Barnett all rushed for more than 100 yards as
the Razorbacks racked up 446 on the ground.
"We didn't play nearly as well as I had expected us to
(Saturday night)," UNT coach Todd Dodge said. "Give
credit to Arkansas for having their ducks in a row. It is
obvious that losing 66-7 is tough, but we had our chances to
grab momentum and keep that from happening. We just did not
A week after Troy coach Larry Blakeney said the Trojan
defense couldn't tackle his sister, the group responded in a
24-7 win over UL-Monroe.
Sophomore linebacker Boris Lee set the defensive tone
with an early 28-yard interception return for a touchdown. The
Trojans did allow 159 yards rushing to Calvin Dawson but
just 303 yards overall.
"This was a great win. I've never been a part of any bad
wins," Blakeney said. "This was a three-phase win. The defense
came from low performances to playing well (Saturday night)."