The first half started slowly, but ended with the Owls within striking distance. Ultimately, the difference in quarterbacking was the difference in this game.
Heisman candidate McKenzie Milton was sublime, throwing for three scores and running for another three. His 81 yards on the ground were of the quality, slippery variety, and he completely took apart a FAU defense that put up a game fight all night.
On the other side, FAU continued with freshman Chris Robison and he threw three … interceptions. The mobile QB that Lane Kiffin compared to Johnny Manziel was not the equal of his counterpart and looked like a freshman.
Even the quick and relatively easy stuff designed to give him easy reads and quick options were difficult. It is all part of the growing pains of a young QB. Meanwhile, Motor Singletary was terrific, running for 131 and three scores himself as FAU tried to keep pace but fell short.
This game was ultimately about the difference between the quarterbacks and that can both comfort and concern the Owl fans. On one hand, no other CUSA team can score like UCF with the notable exception of the North Texas Mean Green. On the other hand, the interceptions will make things easier for the competition to keep things interesting.
The defense looked shaky, then composed themselves, and then ultimately were undone by a tremendous talent. Nothing quite looks like it did last year, but then again FAU has not faced as good of competition as they have this early part of the season.