Sunday, September 7, 2014

FOOTBALL FELL TO NO. 2 ALABAMA 41-0

Greg Hankerson drew his second collegiate start and his first in 2014 for Florida Atlantic University (0-2). The sophomore was 12-19-0 with 88 yards, but saw his Owls fall 41-0 to No. 2 University of Alabama (2-0), in a game that ended with he7:53 remaining due to weather.

"We just got done playing one of the best football teams in the country," said Charlie Partridge, FAU's head football coach. "Certainly, they play at a high level and they have players all over the field. The thing that excites me coming out of the game without having a chance to see stats and things like that (film). There were things that we did poorly early in the game that I felt like we did better later in the game. We had several true freshmen on the field that were going against the likes of Amari Cooper and some of the best players in the land. They (FAU) showed that they have a chance to develop into the kind of team and program that, at some point, will be able to perform better from a point comparison when we are playing against the likes of Alabama."

The first quarter belonged to Alabama, who scored three times in the opening quarter. Blake Sims led the Tide's first scoring drive and capped the 74-yard drive with a 7-yard carry. He guided the second drive as well, which ended in a 52-yard touchdown pass to Amari Cooper. Alabama would go to the air once more in the quarter with Sims hitting Kenyan Drake for a 39-yard scoring pass to take a 21-0 margin into the second quarter.

In FAU's first drive of the second, Hankerson hit Kamrin Solomon, but Alabama recovered the fumble and took over on the FAU 42. Nine plays later, Alabama kicked a 22-yard field goal for a 24-0 lead with 12:30 left in the half. The Tide would find the end zone once more prior to the half as Jake Coker led a 12-play, 87-yard drive that ended with a three-yard pass to Jalston Fowler. FAU put together a solid drive, taking advantage of an Alabama penalty, but was forced to punt following a sack for a loss of 15. Six plays later, FAU's Andrae Kirk grabbed a five-yard sack to prevent another score as the two teams headed to the locker room for the intermission with Alabama holding a 31-0 lead.

Alabama received an FAU punt to begin its first drive of the second half. Sixty-eight yards, later Robinson Eugene recovered a Tide fumble on the FAU three. Hankerson drove the Owls 68 yards, but turned it over to Alabama on downs at the Bama 29. The Tide drove 71 yards in 4:12 and punched in a three-yard run to take a 38-0 lead with less than 2:30 minutes to play in the third.
Alabama's first drive of the fourth ended in a 28-yard field goal to go up 41-0 with 12:02 remaining in the game.

Freshman Raekwon Williams, who replaced an injured Reggie Brown who drew the start for an injured D'Joun Smith, had a team leading eight tackles. Lucky Whitehead led the in the second-consecutive week in receiving with six catches for 42 yards. While Warren tallied 56 yards on the ground to also lead the Owls in the opening two games. The Owls will host their first home game of the 2014 season Saturday, Sept. 13 versus Tulsa at 7 p.m. FAU's inaugural head football coach, Howard Schnellenberger, will be honored prior to the game when the FAU Stadium field is officially named in his honor.

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