FAU Nearly Pulls Off Miracle in Hurricane Postponed Game
Among the event disruptions caused by Hurricane Matthew’s presence in South Florida last weekend was the Florida Atlantic game against the Charlotte 49ers. To avoid the deluge and keep all of the participants and spectators safe, the game was moved from Saturday to an extremely rare Sunday kickoff. Unfortunately for the Owls, however, the change in gamely routine did not result in a change in the ultimate outcome. For the fifth time in a row, FAU came up losers on the day. Although it didn’t come without its share of drama, or controversy
With just 40 seconds left in the game, and with Charlotte attempting to run out the clock, the Owls recovered a fumble to give them one final possession with them down by five points. Two quick passes put the ball at the Charlotte 38-yard line for one final Hail Mary attempt – and at least for a couple of minutes it seemed like the prayer was answered. Kamrin Solomon went up among the defenders to make the catch near the sideline of the end zone, and it was ruled on the field to be a touchdown.
Chaos ensued, the Owls rushed the field, and the celebration was on. They had pulled out the win in the final seconds and the losing streak was over.
Upon further review the catch was completed, but out of bounds. Solomon made the catch, but failed to get a foot in bounds, and instead of a last-second victory for the Owls, it was a final play dodge for the victorious 49ers.
Owls head coach Charlie Partridge was pleased with the way his team played in the end, but was also practical about the result. “I am proud of how hard the kids fought, but we came for a win. We have to fight for one mission at a time, and stick together.”
The next mission ahead is a trip to Huntington, West Virginia for a game against Marshall, who are also in need of win, having been losers in four straight games. Something’s gotta give, and someone will be victorious. And you can get the updates this week, plus read on BettingSports the rest of the Conference USA news, as this season rolls on with conference play.