Sportswriter for the @SunSentinel covering FAU. Previously at the @nytimes & @newsobserver. Christian. From Kansas City. Husband to the lovely @hollym_taylor.

FAU suffers soggy 38-10 loss to rival FIU in Shula Bowl — The two teams scattered onto the field and had 10 minutes to get ready for the second half. FIU and FIU had waited almost two hours for the third quarter of their annual rivalry showdown to begin. FAU took a simple approach. The Owls stretch and went through individual drills.

FAU moves on from Wyoming loss, hopes to open conference play win — BOCA RATON - Coach Charlie Partridge did not get much sleep last Saturday night. He had work to do. After watching his Owls suffer a devastating one-point loss to Wyoming, Partridge spent the following hours contemplating how he could properly motivate the team to move forward.

FAU defense eager to cut down on miscues — BOCA RATON - FAU's defense has made a slew of adjustments after playing four games. The Owls have focused on the fundamentals, from tackling to having every player in the correct position. Turnovers have been emphasized, and the Owls responded with takeaways in the last two games.

FAU hopes to learn from errors that led to collapse at Wyoming — BOCA RATON - The Owls spent Sunday analyzing their collapse. Their self-destruction against Wyoming was evident on many plays. The missed blocks. The blown assignments. The pivotal fumble. In all, coach Charlie Partridge showed the Owls 52 plays from Saturday's 20-19 disheartening loss.

FAU suffers painful 20-19 loss at Wyoming — LARAMIE, Wyo. - Hands on his hips and his head bow, Jaquez Johnson stood still, dejected from what had occurred. Surrounding Johnson was a sea of jubilant Wyoming Cowboys who ran onto the field as time expired. All Johnson could do was watch the Cowboys celebrate - and think of his mistake.

FAU quarterback Jaquez Johnson praises Owls' receivers — BOCA RATON - Jaquez Johnson could not accept all of the credit. Or even a large portion of it when it came to the offense's success in FAU's dominant victory over Tulsa. As the quarterback, Johnson understands he benefits most from how well his teammates perform around him.

FAU counts on D'Joun Smith to be leader of defense — BOCA RATON - Call him one of the most outspoken players on FAU's team. Call him a leader of a veteran defense. Or you can call him a star player determined to push his himself and his teammates toward greatness. No matter the role, or the amount of responsibilities that comes, cornerback D'Joun Smith accepts each one.

FAU legend Howard Schnellenberger calls stadium naming ceremony 'a great honor' — BOCA RATON - Surrounded by hundreds of fans, Howard Schnellenberger waved and flashed his signature grin to the crowd that cheered for him just minutes before FAU's home opener against Tulsa. Behind Schnellenberger was the eight-foot statue of himself, the structure displaying his arms folded and his eyes gazing upon FAU's campus.

FAU quarterback Jaquez Johnson eager to return, boost Owls' offense — BOCA RATON - Near the bottom of Jaquez Johnson's concerns this week is his left shoulder. Johnson was emphatic in saying that his non-throwing shoulder, which forced him to miss last week's game against Alabama, feels fine - and that it should no longer be an issue.

FAU eager to top Tulsa, avoid 0-3 star — BOCA RATON - Coach Charlie Partridge said his team is not panicking after two losses to begin the season. Yet several FAU players throughout this week have prepared for Saturday's home opener against Tulsa with a sense of urgency. The Owls do not want to start their season 0-3.
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Oct 29, 2014

To be the best, you have to beat the best.

Oct 29, 2014

@jmikeblake You know I'm watching. These last 2 innings have been gut-wrenching.

Oct 25, 2014

Also, Charlie Partridge said the 4th-down play was designed for Alex Deleon. Nate Terry was the 2nd choice.

Oct 25, 2014

D’Joun Smith: “They made five big plays & those five big plays won the game.”

Oct 25, 2014

Jaquez Johnson: “If we turn those FGs into touchdowns it’s a totally different game. We had chances to finish the game & we didn’t."

Oct 25, 2014

A few quotes from FAU players before I leave Joan C. Edwards Stadium.

Oct 25, 2014

Partridge on Devon Johnson: "He's a great player. All the credit in the world goes to him."

Oct 25, 2014

Charlie Partridge said going for it on 4th down was a tough decision but was made out of respect to Marshall's offense.

Oct 25, 2014

Marshall's Devon Johnson rushed a school-record 272 yards.

Oct 25, 2014

FINAL: Marshall 35, FAU 16. The Owls fall to 3-5 on the season & 2-2 in Conference USA.

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