Updated 1:57 p.m. Late in its 34-6 loss to Miami, FAU called a play to kill the clock, but the Owls killed their drive as well when quarterback Jacquez Johnson spiked the ball on fourth down to cap a miserable night.
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MIAMI GARDENS - FAU's best drive of the night in a 34-6 season-opening loss to Miami on Friday ended with a play the Owls would like to forget.
A goal-line stand gave FAU the ball at its own 1 with 5:44 remaining in the game.
Owls quarterback Quez Johnson then led the Owls on a 16-play drive that brought the Owls near the red zone, eating up most of the remaining time.
Facing a 3rd-and-5 on the Miami 26, Johnson scrambled for a one yard gain, bringing up fourth down.
With the clock ticking away, Johnson hurried the Owls to the line of scrimmage, then proceeded to spike the ball - which did stop the clock, but it also turned the ball over to Miami on downs with six seconds remaining.
“It was my mistake,” FAU coach Carl Pelini told Owl Access on Saturday. “It was a dumb thing to do and it will never happen again.”
Although just a freshman, Johnson showed maturity in the post-game press conference and didn't blame anyone but himself.
“I made a bad mistake that you can't make as a quarterback,” Johnson said. “I made a mistake. I didn't realize the down and distance. I just have to make better decisions.”
Johnson said he chose to spike the ball on his own without prompting from the sideline, although Pelini was signalling for Johnson to throw the ball into the ground to stop the clock.
“I called for it,” Johnson said.
Following the spike, Miami snapped the ball once, took a knee, ending the game.