(Saturday, November 13th)
Final Score: Florida Atlantic 24, Louisiana 23
Fort Lauderdale, FL (Sports Network) - Jeff Van Camp threw for 183 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Florida Atlantic Owls to a 24-23 decision over the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns in a Sun Belt Conference tilt at Lockhart Stadium.
Alfred Morris, who hauled in one of the touchdown pass, led the ground game for FAU (4-5, 3-3 SunBelt) with 143 yards on 22 carries.
Blaine Gautier threw for 254 yards and two touchdowns for Louisiana (2-8, 2-4), and also led the team's rushing attack by rumbling for 86 yards and one more score.
The Owls dominated the first 15 minutes of action, and went into the second quarter with a 14-0 lead. The first score for FAU came on a four-yard touchdown pass from Van Camp to Xavier Stinson.
Van Camp tossed another score later in the opening frame, connecting with Lester Jean for a 45-yard scoring strike.
The lone score in the second quarter came from Gautier, who found Ladarius Green for a 17-yard touchdown in the final minute of the first half.
The Owls extended their lead to 21-7 midway through the third quarter when Van Camp tossed his third touchdown, connecting with Morris for a 16-yard score.
However, the Ragin' Cajuns responded with a 14-play, 83-yard drive that was capped off by a 10-yard touchdown run by Gautier.
Ross Gornall's 23-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter put the Owls up by a 10-point margin.
ULL continued to fight however, and cut its deficit to seven points with just under five minutes remaining in regulation, thanks to a 37-yard kick by Brett Baer.
With less than two minutes left in the contest, Vernon Wolfe hauled in a 43- yard touchdown pass from Gautier, but instead of kicking the extra point and going for the tie, coach Rickey Bustle decided to go for a two-point conversion. Unfortunately the gamble did not pay off for the Cajuns, who ultimately suffered a one-point loss.
11/14 00:36:52 ET