USF at FAU Game Breakdown

This Saturday the Bulls play for the first time as a top 10 team when the go on the road against FAU. Read the complete game breakdown of the Bulls vs. Owls match-up and see what USF needs to do to come out with a victory. - Get it First, Get it Fast!

Date: Saturday, Oct. 6, 2007

Kickoff: 3:30 p. m. Eastern
Location: Lockhart Stadium, Boca Raton, Fla.
Capacity: 20,500

Surface: Natural
Radio: WFLA 970 AM (Tampa)

USF and FAU have met once - in 2002 – with the Bulls winning 51-10 at Raymond James.


USF: Jim Leavitt (11th season) has a career record of 74-43 at USF. 
FAU:  Howard Schnellenberger (8th season) is 36-39 at FAU,  136-116 in 23 seasons as head coach at Miami, Louisville, Oklahoma and FAU.



It's the dreaded week after the biggest game in USF history. Florida Atlantic should be a comfortable victory but beware of taken Howard Schellenberger's team too lightly, he has a knack for major upsets (ask Tom Osborne) and the Fighting Owls already have victories over Hawaii and Minnesota in its short history as a Division 1-A school. Florida Atlantic is coming off of a 30-20 victory over North Texas two weeks ago that should put it in position to win the Sun Belt Conference. Last week the Owls lost to Kentucky, 45-17.

USF needed six turnovers and a sold out crowd to turn back West Virginia last week. Hidden in the victory was a lackluster performance from the offense that will need to get better for the remainder of the schedule. Ben Moffitt had two interceptions in the 21-13 victory over the Mountaineers and returned one for a touchdown. Nate Allen had 10 tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery while George Selvie added another sack to bring his season total to 9.5.

Inside the Offense 

Key Numbers:

274 -- The Bulls' season-low yards total in last week's 21-13 victory over West Virginia

58  -- Jamar Taylor's rushing yards last week on a season-high 15 carries.

   -- Taurus Johnson's touchdown total in last year's win over the Owls.

When USF Has the Ball:
Expect for Jamar Taylor to get the start in the backfield and get every opportunity to rush for 100 yards. Mike Ford earned his first start last week and quickly saw the bench after two turnovers. Common logic says that Taylor, who was the only one of the three running backs that didn't fumble, should get the opportunity. The former Lakeland High star showed his power and speed on a 19-yard touchdown run last week against West Virginia.

Under the Gun:
The Bulls' offensive line. Most offensive lines love to run block and expect this unit to get a workout against a Florida Atlantic team that is quick but small up front. Could we see a 100-yard rusher this week? It's very possible.

He Said It:
"This is a very good football team, and it's going to be a very difficult challenge for us, as all of them have been. It has been difficult the last couple of weeks and our players will have to play at a very high level this Saturday." -- Jim Leavitt

Inside the Defense

Key Numbers:

437 -- West Virginia's offensive output last week, the highest total the Bulls have yielded since giving up 446 yards last season in a 31-8 loss to Louisville

54  -- Steve Slaton's rushing yards in last week's game (13 carries)

 6   -- West Virginia turnovers in last week's game.


When Florida Atlantic Has the Ball: The Owls will try to throw the ball behind strong-armed quarterback Rusty Smith. Florida Atlantic still hasn't fully established its running game although Charles Pierre is a serviceable back. Smith has a 450-yard and 300-yard game to his credit this season and threw five touchdowns against Minnesota


Under the Gun: George Selvie should be able to tee off against the West Virginia line and record another multiple sack game. The former all-state offensive center from Pensacola had several near misses last week and finished with one sack. The feeling is he could get 2 or 3 on Saturday and be part of a dominating performance from the talented front four.


He Said It: "USF is a great example of what Florida Atlantic could be." -- Florida Atlantic head coach Howard Schellenberger

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