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 22, 2014

FAU's offense wants to keep up with high-scoring Marshall. My story in today's paper:

Oct 19, 2014

Freshmen Greg Howell & Kalib Woods contributed in FAU's win Saturday:

Oct 18, 2014

FAU's Jaquez Johnson helps the Owls rally for a win over Western Kentucky:

Oct 18, 2014

Charlie Partridge said Lucky Whitehead had flulike symptoms before today's game.

Oct 18, 2014

Charlie Partridge: "I didn't need to get on them. Halftime was not a situation where we needed to motivate them."

Oct 18, 2014

Jaquez Johnson finished with 325 yards & 5 touchdowns (3 passing & 2 running).

Oct 18, 2014

FINAL: FAU 45, Western Kentucky 38. The Owls scored 17 unanswered points in the 4th quarter.

Oct 18, 2014

Trey Hendrickson essentially ends the game with a sack & fumble. Trevon Coley recovers the ball.

Oct 18, 2014

FAU takes its 1st lead of the game on a 61-yard pass from Jaquez Johnson to Lucky Whitehead. FAU 45, Western Kentucky 38 with 1:23 left.

Oct 18, 2014

FAU forces a 3 & out. Owls will start their drive on their 36 yard line with 1:39 left.

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