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Navy's Craig Scott is tackled by FAU's Korel Smith on September 1, 2017. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

Navy Rains On Lane Kiffin’s FAU Debut; Owls Lose 42-19


BOCA RATON – In a weather delayed game – nearly two hours – the debut for Lane Kiffin and Florida Atlantic was rained on literally and figuratively, as the Owls lost 42-19 to visiting Navy Friday night.

The game kicked off at 8:03 p.m. and it didn’t end until 1:47 AM, lasting five hours and 44 minutes. That was after three lightning delays, the last of which lasted for an hour and 43 minutes.

Navy was led by their junior quarterback, Zach Abey, who rushed for 235 yards and 110 yards with one touchdown and an interception.

FAU had a solid first quarter of defense and then came the rain. Navy would go on to amass 526 yards of offense on the extended night.

“There were too many negative plays,” said head coach Lane Kiffin. “This game will not define this team because it’s such an abnormal game.”

Kiffin said that tonight and in the week leading up to this game, seemingly hedging just in case his team performed the way they did tonight. Also, because the triple option offense Navy has is rare and as junior linebacker Azeez Al-Shaair said, you only see it once or twice a career.

Next, Kiffin says his team needs to refocus and get ready for their next opponent. Asked if he gave any thought to calling the game early since the threshold of an official game had been reached prior to the third weather delay, Kiffin was insistent.

“We were hunkered down.”

The Owls travel to play Wisconsin next week and then come home to play Bethune Cookman the following week.

About Brandon Odoi

Brandon Odoi is a tenured journalist. He's covered youth football since 8th grade, high school football since 2009 and began covering college football in 2011 as a beat writer for the University of Miami Athletic programs. In 2011, he founded Football Hotbed a national multi-media platform for football across the country. He's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and spent his first five years as a professional working at ABC Television Network, ending his career as a producer in Miami. He's married with two sons and resides in South Florida.

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