Devin “Motor” Singletary hit paydirt a program-high five times in a 49-28 home rout over the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats.
All five of Singletary’s scores came in the first half, a period where he set a Conference USA record of 16 straight games with a touchdown run. He also passed Charles Pierre for second all-time in FAU (2-1) career rushing yards on the day.
He wasn’t satisfied with his team’s 376-yard rushing performance, however, calling the effort “average.”
“I feel like we played down to their level,” Singletary said. “I feel like we looked at the scoreboard and relaxed, got comfortable.”
Singletary wasn’t the only productive Owls running back.
Kerrith Whyte hit the century mark in yardage for the first time in his career, rushing for 100 yards on 15 carries in relief of Singletary.
After jumping out a 29-0 first quarter lead, the Owls let Bethune-Cookman outscore them 28-20 over the final three periods.
Coach Lane Kiffin and his players alike were disappointed in how they let the Wildcats back into the game.
“It’s always a challenge in a game that’s so easy like that, to get guys to buy in and still play with the same intensity level,” Kiffin said. “We expected a shut out today.”
After a quiet start to the season, Harrison Bryant exploded to the tune of 82 yards on five catches in the first half. He was the go-to guy for Robison on fourth down as well, converting two such opportunities in the game’s first 30 minutes.
On the first of those two conversions, Bryant set up FAU’s first score of the game — a seven-yard Singletary rush — on a 22-yard catch-and-run in the flat.
The Owls were only 5-15 on third down but made up for it on fourth downs, where they were nearly unblemished, going seven for eight on the night. They were also seven for eight in the red zone.
It was an up-and-down day for the FAU passing game, Robison throwing two interceptions on ill-advised deep passes and his receivers drop a couple of catchable balls down the field.
Despite the struggles, Kiffin confirmed Robison will start under center at UCF next Friday.
FAU’s special teams had another rough night, Kiffin calling the unit a “disaster.” An extra point was blocked along with long snapping issues resurfacing as well.
“It’s like a freak show just to watch every snap,” Kiffin said.
The Owls hope to clean up those mistakes ahead of next week’s highly-anticipated matchup with UCF, which is set for next Friday at 7 p.m.