Scouting Report: FAU Owls
Saturday’s game between MSU and FAU will mark the third meeting between these schools. Here’s how their only two meetings went down.
MSU – 17
FAU – 0
You all remember the rain storm right? Well it turned into the Javon Ringer hurricane. Javon ran for a career high 282 yards and scored both Spartan touchdowns.
MSU – 30
FAU – 17
In what was supposed to be FAU’s home game in their brand new stadium, MSU’s rushing attack again pounded the Owls…instead at Detroit’s Ford Field. Edwin Baker ran 15 times, gaining 183 yards – including an 80-yard score. It was also Kicker Dan Conroy’s breakout game, as he converted all three of his field goal attempts – including a 50 yarder.
***Here’s how last year’s game sounded: MSU vs FAU Highlights***
HOOOOOOO are the OWLS???
0-1 RECORD (41-3 loss at Florida)
Coach: Howard Schnellenberger (57-64 overall)
-25th year as a Collegiate coach, Including stints at Oklahoma (5-5-1), Louisville (54-56-2), and Miami (41-16)
-He was the Offensive Coordinator for the Miami Dolphins in 1972. Yep. That’s the year they went 17-0.
Quarterback: Graham Wilbert (Jr., 6-6, 225)
-2011 Totals: 14-26, 107 yards, 0 TD, 0INT
-Made his first career start last week
-Prior to last season, he had only thrown 5 pass attempts
Leading Rusher: Alfred Morris (SR., 5-11, 220)
-2011 Totals: 14 carries, 16 yards, 0 TD
-25 career starts
-2nd all time leading rusher at FAU (2,359 yards)
-18 career TD
-2010 vs. MSU: 20 Car., 54 yds., TD
Top Tackler: FS Marcus Bartels (Jr., 5-9, 170)
-2011 Totals (7 tackles, 1 INT)
-223 career Tackles
-4 career Interceptions
-2010 vs. MSU: 7 Tackles
Last week against Florida, the Owls had a very difficult time moving the football. In fact, they only gained 137 total yards, 107 of them through the air. Yes, the Florida defense will again be good under Will Muschamp, but with a QB in Graham Wilbert starting just his second career game yards will be hard to come by against the Spartans.
Defensively, the Owls forced 3 turnovers – all interceptions - against the Gators last week, but that was about all they did well. Overall, they allowed Florida to gain 468 yards of total offense. Included in that were 30 first downs and a 70% success rate on 3rd down (7-of-10).