On the verge of its first Top 25 ranking and a trendy Week 1 upset pick, FAU didn’t give the Sooners much of a game.
Oklahoma scored touchdowns on its first four offensive possessions and added another by recovering a blocked first-quarter punt in the end zone.
“Hopefully we don’t ever feel like this again or play like this,” FAU coach Lane Kiffin told ESPN West Palm on their postgame show. “That’s embarrassing. I feel bad for our fans. I feel bad for our university for us to come out and play like that.”
Lane Kiffin didn’t announce that redshirt freshman Chris Robison had won the three-way starting quarterback battle until minutes before kickoff. It didn’t matter much to Oklahoma who played quarterback.
The Sooners led 28-0 after the first quarter and 42-0 at the half. FAU didn’t find the end zone until late in the third quarter when Oklahoma led 56-0.
Devin Singletary led the nation last season with 32 rushing touchdowns, third most in a season in NCAA history. Singletary notched his first score of 2018 on a five-yard run around the right side of the line. Being promoted as a Heisman Trophy candidate, Singletary managed only 69 yards on 18 carries.
FAU’s mistakes came early and often.
Officials called FAU for a delay of game penalty before the first snap of the game. Ragged play only grew worse from there.
“We didn’t play very well in any of the three phases of the game and we didn’t look good either,” Kiffin said. “We looked unorganized.”
Oklahoma accepted six FAU penalties in the first half and declined several others.
An Owls’ defense that didn’t tackle much all fall camp couldn’t tackle Sooner ball carriers on Saturday. Four of Oklahoma’s first six touchdowns covered 30 yards or more – with three coming in at 65 yards. Missed tackles contributed to three of Oklahoma’s first four offensive touchdowns, and Oklahoma outgained FAU 408-133 in the first half.
“This was all about tackling,” Kiffin said. “We tacked extremely poor the entire game.”
Kyler Murray, winner of Oklahoma’s quarterback battle, found his day complete before halftime, having thrown for 209 yards and two touchdowns on 9-of-11 passing.
“The guy made play after play,” Kiffin said of Murray. “Thank God they took him out.”
Robison, who began his career at Oklahoma before being dismissed by the Sooners following his arrest for public intoxication, completed 15 of 26 passes for 157 yards.
He marched into Oklahoma territory on the Owls’ first drive of the game, but FAU’s third penalty of the possession halted the drive, forcing a punt.
Robison led three first-half drives into Oklahoma territory, but couldn’t get the Owls on the scoreboard until the second half. Five Robison-led first-half drives ended in three-and-outs.
“We didn’t do a lot to help Chris around him,” Kiffin said. “He did some good things and he did some bad things.”
Rafe Peavey replaced Robison after the Owls’ first score and completed his first two passes before tossing an interception.
De’Andre Johnson led FAU on a late touchdown drive, culminating with Kerrith Whyte’s seven-yard run.
Afterward Kiffin didn’t commit to sticking with Robison as the starter moving forward.
“About the only good thing out of today was that all three [quarterbacks] did get to play,” Kiffin said.
FAU returns to Boca Raton for its home opener on Saturday against Air Force.