(Saturday, October 24th)
Final Score: Florida Atlantic 51, UL-Lafayette 29
Lafayette, LA (Sports Network) - Rusty Smith threw for 359 yards and four touchdowns as the Florida Atlantic Owls dismissed the Ragin' Cajuns of UL- Lafayette in a 51-29 decision in Sun Belt Conference action at Cajun Field.
Smith converted 18-of-28 passes for FAU (2-4, 2-1 SBC) as it won its second straight game after opening 2009 with four consecutive setbacks. Running back Alfred Morris gained a game-high 181 yards and scored twice on 24 attempts.
The Ragin' Cajuns (4-3, 2-1) were paced by Brad McGuire who scored on three of his seven rushing attempts, while Chris Masson converted 19-of-30 passes for 209 yards and a score in the setback.
The teams alternated scores through to the end of the third quarter, beginning with a 70-yard TD pass from Smith to Chris Bonner just 79 seconds into the first period.
ULLA countered with a 14-yard pass play between Masson and Marlin Miller to knot the score at 7-7.
Smith combined with Lester Jean on a 20-yard score at the 6:51 mark of the first, with McGuire locking the score again at 14-14 on a nine-yard TD run with under a minute remaining in the frame.
In the second quarter Morris logged a 17-yard touchdown run for the visitors and Jason Harmon grabbed a seven-yard TD pass from Smith. However, after the Morris score the PAT failed to convert and Dwight Bentley managed to return the miss the other way for a two-point score for the Ragin' Cajuns.
Ahead by 11 points coming out of the break, McGuire posted scoring runs of 10 and one yards in the third quarter for the home team, with a Willie Rose 14- yard touchdown run for FAU in between, making the score 34-29 in favor of the Owls.
Florida Atlantic finished strong with 17 unanswered points, beginning with a 64-yard TD pass from Smith to Bonner, followed by a Ross Gornall 19-yard field goal and capped by a 47-yard TD scamper by Morris.
FAU generated a school-record 624 yards of offense in the outing and held the Ragin' Cajuns to just 372 yards on one fewer offensive snap by the home team.
10/24 22:09:22 ET