Coach: FAU's receivers struggled in loss

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Florida Atlantic coach Howard Schnellenberger spent most of Sunday watching videos of the Owls' 17-0 loss to Michigan State. Forgive him if he felt he was watching Kevin Costner's Waterworld instead.

After reviewing Saturday's game played in pouring rain that wreaked havoc on both team's offenses, Schnellenberger said the wet weather wasn't the only reason the Owls struggled offensively against the Spartans and were shut out for the first time since 2006.

"Conditions were only part of the problem on the offensive side of the ball," Schnellenberger said. "We didn't catch the ball like we should have caught it, and I don't think that was due to the wetness."

Despite the struggles, Schnellenberger said he is satisfied FAU's offense will be able to rebound Saturday at Minnesota.

"Our offensive team is better than it's ever been," he said. "It sure makes us feel good going in to this game against Minnesota."

But Schnellenberger didn't feel good after watching the Owls squander several scoring chances Saturday.

"We had the opportunities, and had we cashed in early, it would have been a different game," Schnellenberger said.

FAU had a long touchdown run called back on a holding penalty and botched a field-goal attempt, missing a chance to take a 10-0 lead in the first half.

Schnellenberger also was impressed his defense held the Spartans to 17 points.

"The defense played the best since we've moved to (Football Bowl Subdivision)," Schnellenberger said. "There was good play by the defensive line."