On the fourth play from scrimmage of Friday’s loss at No. 16 UCF the Owls’ redshirt freshman quarterback fired a pass across the middle that flew directly into the arms of UCF linebacker Pat Jasinski, who promptly took the ball the other way.
“That’s just on me,” Robison said. “I need to just make my reads better.”
Robison made a similar mistake in the third quarter, misreading the defense, and once again it turned into an interception.
“Right when I let the ball go on both those plays that were my fault I knew right away that it was a about to be a pick and I shouldn’t have done what I did,” Robison said.
Robison would later throw a third interception on Friday, a tipped pass that neither he nor coach Lane Kiffin say was a mistake of the young quarterback’s mind.
The early mistake affected Robison, rendering him a little more cautious with his decision making than he needed to be.
“In the game after I threw the first pick, the next drive a ball I could throw every day 10-for-10, I didn’t throw it because I wanted to be more safe with the ball because of what happened,” Robison said.
Since winning the three-way quarterback battle in fall camp Robison’s thrown five interceptions against five touchdowns. Three of those scores came in one game – a record-setting performance in a win over Air Force.
Following Friday’s loss, during which senior UCF quarterback Milton McKenzie accounted for six touchdowns and zero turnovers, Kiffin noted quarterback play as being one of the biggest factors in determining that game’s outcome.
Robison will be part of a similar dynamic on Saturday at MTSU. In three games this year – two against SEC teams Georgia and Vanderbilt – Blue Raiders quarterback Brent Stockstill is completing 68.7 percent of his passes, throwing for 723 yards and seven touchdowns against two interceptions.
Stockstill didn’t play against FAU in either of the last two seasons, but in 2015 he threw for 301 yards and two touchdowns in a 24-17 MTSU victory.
Kiffin described Stockstill as a “smart” and “savvy” capable of picking apart a defense.
“That’s really where they kind of start at, is the passing game and getting him going,” Kiffin said.