FAU receiver Jenson Stoshak hauls in a pass in the Owls' 24-17 loss at Navy on Saturday. (Photo courtesy of Owl Pix)
One for the road
Florida Atlantic will be looking to snap a 15-game road losing streak when it faces Western Kentucky on Saturday.
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BOCA RATON - Florida Atlantic wasn't satisfied after it defeated Troy on Oct. 27 to snap a 14-game losing streak in Sun Belt Conference play and win its second game of the season.
Armed with a victory, and with the team playing better, the Owls are looking for more to finish the season.
On Tuesday, in another sign the confidence is building, FAU coach Carl Pelini talked about the importance of picking up a victory on the road. The Owls will get that chance on Saturday, when they face Western Kentucky in Bowling Green, Ky. the site of FAU's last road victory on Nov. 6 2010.
Pelini knows it won't be easy to snap the Owls' 15-game road losing streak.
“I'd love to get it,” Pelini said. “That's a challenge and that's a hump we need to get over. That's two road games in a row that we have played tough and come out on the short end. It's a challenge for any team to learn how to win on the road, but especially for a team learning ...still just learning how to win, period. That would be a huge obstacle for us to overcome.”
But in another sign FAU's confidence is growing, Pelini believes the Owls have a chance to win the remaining games on the schedule, including the home games against FIU and Louisiana-Lafayette to close the 2012 season.
“We have taken big strides this year as a team,” Pelini said. “We have three Sun Belt teams to go and we feel that we are at that point where we can hang with anyone in our conference. I don't know if we are going to kill anybody, but we're not going to get torqued off the field. So let's finish strong.
The key is to have the outcome in doubt in the fourth quarter, Pelini said.
“Let's go out and make these ballgames where, just like the last three weeks, you have got to come into the fourth quarter with an opportunity to win,” Pelini said. “Have that mindset that it's going to be a four-quarter game. No matter what happens. If we are down, we'll get back into it and if we're up, you have to keep driving because they are going to be fighting harder. And, yes, let's get some momentum going into the off-season for our program.”
The Owls are not that far away from having some of that momentum, Pelini said.
“We're a play or two away from being a five-win team,” Pelini said. “Really if you look at South Alabama, Navy or North Texas, we're one big play away in those games and being in a very different spot....There are some missed opportunities in there, but it's part of the growing experience.”