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FAU spoils Alabama's shutout streak

By now everyone has heard, dissected and analyzed Cory Henry's comments from earlier in the week that had the internet buzzing (although I still have yet to figure out what all the hub-bub was about)

Well, no, the Owls didn't beat Alabama (Henry never said they were going to) so FAU will have to settle for spoiling the Crimson Tide's bid for three consecutive shutouts.

And that showed some moxie by the Owls and caught the attention of the Crimson Tide that FAU did not come up to Tuscaloosa with a defeatist attitude.

FAU's touchdown came late in the game but the crowd that stayed until the end was as loud as it had been all day as Graham Wilbert lobbed a nice pass to tight end Alex DeLeon with 2:49 remaining.

More impressive was that the Owls elected not to kick a short field goal a few moments before that also would have ended the streak. FAU broke the streak the hard way. 

How bad did Alabama want the shutout?  Moments after the score, Alabama coach Nick Saban was nearly at the goal-line to yell at the officials after a controversial penalty went against Alabama on the drive.

FAU didn't beat Alabama, but the Owls made a bigger impression late in the game with that TD than anything that was said during the week.

September 22, 2012

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