Hawai`i (0-1) tried to answer, but a failed toss on 4th-and-3, ended any hopes of an opening day win for the Warriors.
Warrior quarter back Timmy Chang completed 38-of-66 passes for 302 yards and two touchdowns, while running back Michael Brewster added two rushing touchdowns. Warrior receiver Chad Owens caught for 89 yards and a touchdown on 13 catches, second-best in school history.
But Florida Atlantic tight end Anthony Crissinger-Hill stole the show with 15 catches for 183 yards and two touchdowns, including one that sent the game into overtime, a 31-yarder with 23 seconds left in the game.
Hawai`i seemed to have control for most of the game. The offense got out to a slow start, punting on its first three possessions.
It took the Warrior defense to get things going. Abraham Elimimian snagged a deflected pass from FAU quarterback Jared Allen to give the Warriors the ball at the FAU 17-yard line. Four plays later, Chang hit Se`e Poumele for a 6-yard touchdown to put the Warriors up 7-0 to end the first quarter.
FAU tied the score on its next possession when Allen drove the Owls 71-yards and snuck into the endzone from a yard out.
And then Chang got going, hitting seven of his next nine passes, including an 11-yard touchdown strike to Chad Owens to give the Warriors the lead back at 14-7. On the ensuing drive, Elimimian snagged his second pick of the game, but Hawai`i was unable to capitalize.
The Owls managed a last-second field goal to get to within four at the half.
After the break, Hawai`i took a 21-10 lead on a 12-yard touchdown run by Michael Brewster. Chang continued to throw strikes, hitting 5-of-7 on the 8-play, 75-yard drive.
FAU answered with a 33-yard field goal by Mark Myers, and added another seven when Allen found Crissinger-Hill for a three-yard touchdown to make the score, 21-19, after the failed two-point conversion.
Chang then hit four of five and Brewster capped the drive with a 10-yard touchdown run to put the Warriors ahead, 28-19 with 1:57 left in the third quarter.
Myers hit a 49-yard field goal to bring the Owls to within six early in the fourth quarter, and the Owl defense managed to keep the Warriors off the board to stay within striking distance.
The Owls out-gained the Warriors, 445 to 329, in total offense.
The Warriors will take the week off and prepare for the Western Athletic Conference season-opener at Rice on Sept. 18.