Homecoming Victory For Cowboy Trio

MIAMI, Fla. - Homecoming isn't until October 29th when the Texas Longhorns come calling but the celebrated event came early on Thursday night for three Cowboys. Sophomore offensive guard David Koenig is from the gulf side of the state hailing from Cape Coral, redshirt freshman running back Mike Hamilton is from Melborne up on the northern space coast, and senior safety and captain Jamie Thompson is from Sparr, about four hours from Miami.

Thompson had a big night with seven tackles, one for a loss, and he seemed to be around the ball all night - on both sides of the line of scrimmage. It was good to play well, but it was better to play well close to home.

"It's about four hours, but this is as close as it gets and I had a good time out there seeing my mom and my dad, friends, church family," said Thompson. "It was good to be out there showing them what I can do since high school."

Being the leader on defense, it's a source of pride to Thompson that the entire unit play well, and it did. The Cowboys held Florida Atlantic to 220 yards, just 3.9 yards per snap, and forced four turnovers.

"Man, I'm telling you one time it was like three guys hitting the quarterback at the same time," Thompson said of the Cowboys getting after FAU quarterback Danny Embick. "I was like where is the ball because I wanted to try and make something more out of it, try to hit the ball out and make something happen. Pagitte McGee, Jamar Ransom everybody knows these guys did a good job of getting to the ball and hitting home."

On the offensive side, Hamilton took the opportunity of playing in front of family and friends to become the first 100-yard rusher for the Cowboys in 2005. He finished with 104 yards on 21 carries and shared ball carrying honors on the night with Julius Crosslin, who hammered home two one-yard touchdown runs and finished with 29 yards on 12 carries. It was Hamilton that did it close to home.

"It felt really good," Hamilton said of the win, his performance, and the extra cheering section at Dolphins Stadium. "I had my family here and they came to support me, and I just gave them a show, did my best. It was really fun. Last game I didn't get as many big runs as I did this game. It was great to get some of those and I was just happy."

Head coach Mike Gundy has compared Hamilton and Crosslin in week one to Tatum Bell his sophomore year. saying that they needed to learn how to break runs in the open field into big gainers. Hamilton felt he made progress.

"That was my whole goal for this week and that is what I worked on, making one cut and then going on downfield. That's what I did today and it worked for me," he said.

It worked for everybody - moms, dads, brothers, sisters and girlfriends. It also worked for the Cowboys to the tune of 23-3 victory over the Owls and a 2-0 start. Happy Homecoming.

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