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"Not in my DNA"

FAU coach Charlie Partridge says he never considered letting Wyoming score in order to try to win Saturday's game with a last-minute drive. (OwlAccess.com file photo)

FAU coach Charlie Partridge says letting a team score in order to leave more time for a potential offensive game-winning drive isn't a consideration. Read more

FOOTBALL: FAU gives away Wyoming game

Given away
A fumble while trying to run out the clock gave the ball back to Wyoming and the Cowboys took advantage for a 20-19 victory over FAU. Read more

> Box Score: Wyoming 20, FAU 19

FOOTBALL: FAU at Wyoming preview

Backer Up
FAU will need better play from its linebackers if the Owls are going to defeat Wyoming in Laramie. Read more

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When the Florida Atlantic Owls took the field as the first FAU football team in 2001, they were led onto the field by legendary coach Howard Schnellenberger. The Owls’ first season wasn’t too much of a success – FAU’s first football team finished its inaugural season at 4-5 – but it didn’t take long for Howard Schnellenberger to march the FAU Owls down a winning road.

FAU football posted its first winning record in 2003. That was the year the Florida Atlantic Owls reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs. Howard Schnellenberger wasn’t satisfied with being a successful I-AA program, though. The year after that big run, FAU football began the transition process to the Bowl Championship Series.

Florida Atlantic football entered the Sun Belt Conference, winning the conference title in 2007, their second year of full-fledged Division I-A competition. By virtue of winning the Sun Belt Conference title, the Florida Atlantic Owls also nabbed their first bid. The Owls made the most of it as Howard Schnellenberger guided the FAU football team to a 44-27 victory over Memphis in the New Orleans Bowl.

FAU earned its second bowl bid the following season and kept its bowl record unblemished by defeating Central Michigan 24-21 in the Motor City Bowl.

Florida Atlantic football will attempt to build on its already impressive record during this season. As always, check with Owl Access to see how the Florida Atlantic Owls do.