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FAU answers critics, its own fans with victory

When FAU coach Howard Schnellenberger grabbed the micorphone and addressed the "crowd" at Lockhart Stadium and urged them to keep the faith, he was talking as much to the fans that were there as the ones that weren't.

The attendance was announced at 16,218 - in reality there was less than half that in the stands - and was the smallest crowd of the year.

Schnellenberger told those there to hang in there and that good things were going to happen in the near future and in the long-term at FAU.

But it's the ones that werent there that needed to hear Schnellenberger's message.

Think about it. FAU has made it to two bowl games in the last two years and still is hampered in recruiting by the lack of a on-campus stadium. And in a year where the best player in school history goes down with a season-ending injury, the team has lost three home games by a combined 11 points.

So naturally, some fans are screaming for a regime change.

Schnellenberger wasn't speaking to the fans to get back on his side, he was imploring them to not give up on the players or the program.

I think the fans at Lockhart to see Saturday's character-buidling victory heard him loud and clear. I hope the ones not there were listening as well.

Owl Links provided the most extensive coverage of the victory vs. the Red Wolves available with our game recap, notebook and video highlights. We also have three photo galleries featuring the action outside and inside the stadium.

Check back later today for our Sunday Review with grades for each position and our gameballs.

We'll also have a preview of Monday's basketball game at Southeast Lousisiana.

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