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Grades for FAU game

OFFENSE: B

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?

DEFENSE: B-

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.

QUARTERBACKING: A-

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.

COACHING: B

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.

OVERALL: B+

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.