For the first time this season, coach Lane Kiffin announced the Owls starting quarterback earlier than moments before kickoff.
No surprise, it’s Chris Robison.
“Obviously, Chris’s play is deserving of the next start,” Kiffin said.
In his second collegiate game, both starts, Robison threw for a program-record 471 yards, completing 33 of his 40 attempts. Three of those completions went for touchdowns,
“He played a really special game,” Kiffin said.
Immediately following the game Kiffin noted that Robison’s completion rate was high in part because the Owls threw so many passes to receivers either near or behind the line of scrimmage.
Upon further review, Kiffin determined that it didn’t matter much where there receivers were located. The redshirt freshman threw accurate passes all over the field.
“After watching the film, he played better than what I felt like during the game,” Kiffin said.
Those short completions, many of which were simply flips forward to receivers on what were essentially sweeps, served two purposes.
With Air Force packing the box to try to stop Devin Singletary’s straight ahead runs, Kiffin wanted to get the ball outside the tackles, where there was more space to run.
He also thought those types of plays would pay dividends later in the game, noting that the FAU devised the game plan thinking it would kick off at 2 p.m. in sweltering South Florida heat.
“Make them run sideline to sideline early, we’ll hopefully tire them out for the second half,” Kiffin said.
Robison beat out De’Andre Johnson and Rafe Peavey to start the season opener at Oklahoma, a 63-14 FAU loss. All three quarterbacks played in that game. Against Air Force, Robison was the lone FAU QB to take a snap.
For the second consecutive season FAU will prepare for FCS foe Bethune-Cookman as a Week 3 opponent. Last year the Owls notched their first win of the season against the Wildcats, 42-19.
It was after that game, however, that Kiffin elected to change quarterbacks from Daniel Parr to Jason Driskel.
The Owls lost to Buffalo in Driskel’s first start, but then rattled off 10 consecutive victories to end the season.