Rushing still a problem, really, as tailbacks went 34 carries for 121 yards, 3.3 average. BUT … an O-line that was 2 and sometimes 3 starters down got the big push in the 4th quarter when needed. Litton and his receivers kept coming up big. How about that Josh Knight?
Some of you think this is generous, but the simple fact is this: That unit gave up 147 total yards and ZERO points in the 2nd half. Struggled with the tempo and run fits in the 1st half.
SPECIAL TEAMS: B
Curraj missed an extra point and shanked that kickoff out of bounds, but did hit 2 FGs. Big ups to Kaare Vedvik for his punts of 55 and 49, with one bouncing up at the 4-yard line. Another concern: The Herd gave up a 12-yard punt return, which doesn’t often happen.
One awful pick at the end of the first half, blowing a very possible scoring drive. But Chase Litton kept coming up big on that final drive, and threw first-down balls to seven different receivers — that’s spreading it around. The 65-yard TD pass to Knight was big-time.
Chuck Heater did something right in the 2nd half with that defense, and the offense seemed a more creative. O-line showed it can survive with 3 starters out (2 did return) and get a push. Much stronger finish that last week at North Texas … coaches get credit for that, but have to find a way to keep this team from starting so slowly.
You were warned that FAU is a pain in the rear, even at 1-6. The Herd avoided dropping to 1-5, and is 1-1 in the conference, a loss behind East Division front-runners … Florida International and Old Dominion? Wow.