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FAU coach Carl Pelini celebrates after an FAU touchdown in the Owls' 34-27 victory vs. Troy on Saturday. (Photo Courtesy of Owl Pix)

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Staying grounded

FAU is keeping Saturday's victory over Troy in perspective as the Owls turn the page to start preparing for Navy.

Originally published on 10/30/2012

by Marcus Nelson

BOCA RATON – It was difficult to tell if Florida Atlantic was coming off a victory or a loss around The Oxley Center on Tuesday as the Owls held their first practice since beating Troy 34-27 on Saturday.

That's just the way Owls coach Carl Pelini wants it.

“They aren't really acting any differently than they were after the tough loss at South Alabama,” Pelini said. “That's a good sign.”

The Owls kept spirits high last week even though they had just lost an emotional double-overtime game to South Alabama. Following Tuesday's practice, there may have been a few more smiles by players, but the Owls had another solid workout preparing for this week's opponent, Navy.

“We're staying the course,” said tight end Nexon Dorvilus. “We just kept working day in and day out. We came out here after a tough loss and had a terrific week of practice. Everybody is just starting to buy-in that if we continue to work and come out here and work on our fundamentals and are ready to practice, then we'll be fine.”

Pelini said he wants the players to not get to up after a victory or down after a defeat. However, since a season-opening victory vs. Wagner, Pelini has only had to worry about how the team will respond after a loss.

But after an important second victory (which tops last season's victory total) snapped a 14-game Sun Belt losing streak, perhaps there could be more opportunities for FAU to remain grounded after winning another game on the horizon.

“It's business as usual,” Pelini said. “That's important for our staff to not overreact to losses or overreact to wins. No matter where you are after a game, on Sunday you are working on the next opponent and players see that.”
 

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