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Grades for FAU game

OFFENSE: D

Did not run the ball well, 41 tries for 128 yards, 3.1 per carry. Marcel Williams, Tyre Brady combined for 12 catches and 204 yards, and they could have had more.

DEFENSE: D

I had bragged about this team’s tackling for most of this season, but these guys struggled with bringing down Conference USA’s top back.

SPECIAL TEAMS: C

Kaare Vedvik executes a perfect onside kick, Ryan Yurachek picks up a first down on a fake punt … And then there was the missed extra point and 31-yard FG and another punt returner thrown for a loss (with a penalty on the play, to boot). What a weird niht here.

QUARTERBACKING: F

I saw one of the best passes I’ve seen out of Chase Litton, rolling out left and throwing across his body to a sliding Ryan Yurachek in the end zone — and in the rain. There were some sweet passes, but you can’t drum those 4 picks out of your mind.

COACHING: D

The double pass is in everybody’s playbook, and Kiffin & Co. set it up perfectly. Defense should not have been so baffled.

OVERALL: D

Florida Atlantic is pretty dang good, but is not invincible. Another missed opportunity for the Herd.