Scores

Final

Tulane 17

(6-3, 2-2 away)

Florida Atl 34

(3-6, 1-2 home)

5:00 PM ET, November 2, 2013

FAU Football Stadium, Boca Raton, FL

1 2 3 4 T
TULN 7 10 0 017
FAU 7 0 10 1734

Top Performers

Passing: D. McKinney (FAU) - 30 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: J. Johnson (FAU) - 20 CAR, 114 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: W. Dukes (FAU) - 3 REC, 68 YDS, 1 TD

FAU beats Tulane, days after Pelini resignation

Associated Press

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- After a most bizarre week for Florida Atlantic, the Owls rallied around their new coach and each other.

FAU beat Tulane 34-17 on Saturday, three days since coach Carl Pelini resigned after admitting to school officials he used illegal drugs. Defensive coordinator Pete Rekstis also resigned on Wednesday after admitting drug use.

The Owls (3-6, 3-4 Conference USA) came together under trying circumstances. Instead of wearing their names on the backs of their jerseys, they all had FAU.

"Sometimes you need a slap in the face to refocus," said defensive end Andrew Stryffeler, one of FAU's captains. "This wasn't exactly what we were looking for, but we really took the opportunity to step it up this week."

Offensive coordinator Brian Wright was promoted to interim coach after Pelini stepped down.

"It felt awesome," Wright said of the victory. I've been auditioning for 18 years for this opportunity."

FAU athletic director Patrick Chun said during halftime he wouldn't be discussing the search for a new head coach until he names that new coach. Chun, however, did say Wright will be considered for the position, saying, "He's absolutely a candidate for the job."

It was FAU's defense that delivered for the team on Saturday night. The Owls held Tulane (6-3, 4-1) to 167 yards, 105 passing.

The Owls had interceptions on four straight possessions, three by D'Joun Smith, who now leads the nation with seven interceptions.

"We weren't going to give up on nothing," Smith said. "I was just happy to have an opportunity to make plays."

The game was tied at 17 going into the fourth quarter, and then the Owls took control.

Mitch Anderson kicked a field goal at 14:50 for a 20-17 lead. Damian Fortner followed with a 24-yard touchdown run at 12:06.

Jaquez Johnson capped off the Owls win with a 49-yard rush touchdown -- his eight rushing touchdown of the season -- with 4:46 remaining.

Tulane's most impressive moment in the game came in the first quarter when Lorenzo Doss put the Green Wave on the scoreboard first with a 69-yard return interception at 11:05.

The win keeps FAU in bowl contention with three games remaining: against winless Southern Miss, one-win New Mexico State, and FAU's struggling rival, FIU.

"This was real big," Smith said. "We still have our bowl game dreams alive."

FAU) took control early in the fourth quarter, starting with Mitch Anderson's field goal that gave the Owls a 20-17 lead.

Damian Fortner followed with a 24-yard touchdown run at 12:06. Jaquez Johnson capped off the Owls win with a 49-yard touchdown run with 4:46 remaining.

Tulane managed only 167 yards of offense.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
TULN
FAU
1st Downs919
Total Yards167331
Passing105137
Rushing62194
Penalties5-456-35
3rd Down Conversions4-156-15
4th Down Conversions0-00-0
Turnovers42
Possession23:3036:30

Passing Leaders

TulaneC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Montana7/22713.203
Florida AtlanticC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Johnson10/211075.101

Rushing Leaders

TulaneCARYDSAVGTDLG
Darkwa11454.1112
Kelley9222.407
Florida AtlanticCARYDSAVGTDLG
Johnson201145.7249
Fortner11393.5124

Receiving Leaders

TulaneRECYDSAVGTDLG
Grant4379.3018
Shackleford22211.0014
Florida AtlanticRECYDSAVGTDLG
Dukes36822.7133
Richardson22311.5012

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERTULNFAU
TD11:05Lorenzo Doss 69 Yd Interception Return (Cairo Santos Kick) 70
TD05:51Jaquez Johnson 1 Yd Run (Mitch Anderson Kick) 77
SECOND QUARTERTULNFAU
FG13:36Cairo Santos 22 Yd 107
TD01:00Orleans Darkwa 4 Yd Run (Cairo Santos Kick) 177
THIRD QUARTERTULNFAU
FG10:45Mitch Anderson 26 Yd 1710
TD03:24William Dukes 30 Yd Pass From Daniel McKinney (Mitch Anderson Kick) 1717
FOURTH QUARTERTULNFAU
FG14:50Mitch Anderson 20 Yd 1720
TD12:06Damian Fortner 24 Yd Run (Mitch Anderson Kick) 1727
TD04:46Jaquez Johnson 49 Yd Run (Mitch Anderson Kick) 1734