FAU to regroup before Sun Belt opener

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Sunday, September 21, 2008

After its 37-3 loss to Minnesota Saturday, Florida Atlantic has plenty of to work on before its Sun Belt Conference opener.

The Owls are thankful they have some extra time before they play at Middle Tennessee on Sept. 30 for a Tuesday night game to be televised on ESPN2.

"We are going to take this longer week and prepare for Middle," FAU receiver Cortez Gent said. "The confidence level is going to be a little low, but the leaders are going to pick everybody up, put a smile on everybody's face and let everybody know we are playing for a conference championship."

And the way the Owls (1-3) have played in their last two games, they'll need every one of those days practicing to be productive.

"We're going to have to redo the things we must have undone and come back now and have a run at the teams in our conference," FAU coach Howard Schnellenberger.

The Owls are hoping they can get better and be more competitive against Sun Belt teams than they were in their first four games, all against non-conference teams.

"We can't win any games playing like this," FAU quarterback Rusty Smith said. "We have to start getting better, making better decisions and playing better football. If we play like this, we will go 1-11."