BOCA RATON – Conference USA media members made FAU wide receiver Deangelo Antoine the first FAU receiver to win C-USA Offensive Player of the Week for the Owls, rewarding him for Saturday’s four-touchdown effort against Wagner.
Antonie had a game for the record books against the Seahawks, becoming the first FAU player ever to have four touchdown receptions in a game and only the eighth C-USA receiver to have at least that many scores. Antoine also tallied the program’s fifth most receiving yards in a game for the Owls with 173 yards.
Several of Antoine’s 11 catches became game-changing plays for the Owls. His best play of the night came on his third touchdown catch as he reversed field after catching a screen pass, racing sideline to sideline before turning up field toward the end zone for a 28-yard score.
A transfer from USF who made his first start for FAU after moving from outside receiver to the slot, Antoine entered the weekend with only three receptions for 16 yards.
Antoine’s big evening coincided with another breakout performance by quarterback Chris Robison, who threw for a season best 379 yards and a career-high five passing touchdowns. Robison completed nearly 70 percent of his passes versus Wagner. It is also the second consecutive week Robison threw for more than 350 yards.
The redshirt senior is the second Owl to win a Player of the Week award this season. C-USA picked linebacker Rashad Smith as its Defensive Player of the Week for the week prior.
FAU vs Charlotte Preview
FAU heads to Charlotte for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff that will be televised on the NFL Network. The 49ers are coming off a 52-10 loss to top ranked Clemson head into conference play 2-2.
Charlotte’s passing defense has been the strong suit of the team, ranking No. 12 in the nation by only allowing an average of 150 yards a game. FAU quarterback Chris Robison has been good his last two games, completing 58-of-75 passes for 745 yards and nine touchdowns.
The Charlotte rushing defense, on the other hand, is not as sharp, ranking No. 109 overall by surendering 201.3yards per game this season. FAU’s rush offense, which has yet to accomplish much of anything this season. has a chance to get rolling.
Charlotte running back Benny Lemay ranks No. 10 in rushing yards with 432 on 64 carries. He’s scored four times. The Owls rush defense ranks No. 101 nationally giving up 186.8 yards per game.
Week 4- C-USA Game of the Week
Cincinnati (2-1) at Marshall (2-1). The Thundering Herd’s only loss came by a touchdown to No. 24 Boise State. Marshall, a Conference USA East foe for FAU will see if they can continue the strong start heading into conference play. Marshall running back Brenden Knox will have a challenge going against the 53rd ranked rushing defense.