View Full Version : FAU at Troy Preview

11-02-2005, 03:44 PM
FACTS & STATS: Site: Movie Gallery Stadium (30,000) -- Troy, Alabama. Television: Local. Home Record: FAU 0-2, Troy 2-1. Away Record: FAU 1-4, Troy 1-4. Neutral Record: FAU 0-1, Troy 0-0. Conference Record: FAU 1-3, Troy 2-2. Series Record: Troy leads, 2-0.

GAME NOTES: The Florida Atlantic Owls will battle the Troy Trojans in a Sun Belt Conference tilt this Saturday at Movie Gallery Stadium. The Owls' season has been a complete disaster thus far, as the team has posted just one win on the year. FAU, which was off last weekend, comes into this week's contest on a small two-game skid, which includes an embarrassing 3-0 overtime setback to Arkansas State. After the Owls battle Troy, they will host the North Texas Mean Green before closing out their season on the road against rival FIU. As for the Trojans, they have lost five of their last seven contests. including a heartbreaking 30-27 overtime loss to UL-Lafayette. Next on the schedule for Troy will be a road contest against Arkansas State, followed by a home meeting with Middle Tennessee State. In regards to the all-time series between the two schools, the Trojans have won both meetings, which includes a 24-6 victory last season.

Offensively the Owls have been simply dreadful this season, struggling to produce consistency with both the run and the pass. On the year, FAU is averaging just 104.5 ypg on the ground, while collecting just 171.1 ypg through the air. With the unit only posting 281.6 ypg, it is no wonder why the team is only scoring 12.8 ppg. Against Arkansas State the offensive woes continued for the Owls, as the unit collected a meager 168 yards of total offense. The Owls recorded just 10 first downs in the overtime loss and struggled on third down, converting just 3-of-15 chances. The Owls finished the contest with just 91 rushing yards on 37 attempts (2.5 ypc). While the ground game struggled, the passing attack was actually worse, as Danny Embick finished the contest with just 77 yards on 11-of-25 passing. Embick also tossed two interceptions in the setback and was sacked four times. On the season, Embick has completed 52.2 percent of his passes, while throwing for nine touchdowns along with nine interceptions as well.

Defensively, the Owls have been abused by their opponents all season and are currently allowing 29.5 ppg behind 403.9 total ypg. Against the run is where the defense has really had trouble, giving up a horrendous 232.5 ypg. Out of the 29 touchdowns allowed by the Owls this season, 23 have come by way of the run. In the team's last contest, FAU allowed 393 yards, including 185 yards on the ground. The unit did shut out the Indians through regulation largely because of the four turnovers the Owls created. Andre Clark and Erik Benson both recorded 10 tackles for the Owls in the setback, while Kris Bartels, who leads the defense with 65 stops, finished the contest with eight tackles.

Last week the Trojans were able to post 28 points against ULL, including 21 in the fourth, however it was still not enough as Troy fell in overtime. Although the team scored four times, the offensive unit posted just 320 total yards of offense, with 185 yards coming on the ground. The rushing yards are a quite a surprise considering the Trojans are only averaging 130.6 ypg (3.2 ypc). In the loss to ULL, Kenny Cattouse led the Trojans with 89 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries, while Joel Whingther contributed 63 yards on nine totes. Both Julian Foster and Carl Meadows saw time under center, but neither were really effective, as Foster finished the game 7-of-19 for 104 yards and one touchdown along with one INT, while Meadows threw for one score and 33 yards on 4-of-7 passing. Regardless of who is playing the quarterback position this season, the Trojan aerial attack has been dreadful, as the team is averaging just 154.6 ypg through the air.

Over the past couple of seasons the Trojan defense has been stingy and tenacious, however this year the unit has been mediocre at best, allowing 26.9 ppg behind just 344.4 total ypg. Last week against UL-Lafayette the Trojans allowed 399 yards in the contest, including a whopping 265 yards on the ground. The Cajuns were able to collect 20 first downs in the game, while converting on all three red zone chances. On the year, the defense has struggled to produce big plays, recording just 12 sacks while collecting 15 turnovers. Leverne Johnson paced the Trojans with 12 tackles, while Bernard Davis, who leads Troy with 63 stops on the year, recorded six stops against ASU.

With neither team possessing a potent offense, this contest will most likely be won by the team that plays better defensively and in the case of FAU and Troy, the defensive edge goes to the Trojans.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Troy 23, Florida Atlantic 13