The Lane train that everyone in Boca Raton is talking about better yet riding has made its final stop for the season, oh my this season has been some ride.
The Florida Atlantic University Owls head coach Lane Kiffin emphasizes there is more to come. Hop on board.
Running back Devin Singletary ran for 124 yards and three touchdowns, Jason Driskel contributed with four scores and the Owls dominated the Akron Zips 50-3 in the Boca Raton Bowl finishing the season on a 10-game winning streak. Before the game, there were talks Kiffin agreed to terms on an extension that, in theory, would keep him at FAU for another ten years.
Did I share the final score was 50-3? The Owls are now 3-0 all-time in bowl games.
“Just an unbelievable day,” Kiffin said. “Can’t imagine it being better, 50-3. This is a special story. These are unique stories. They don’t happen. You don’t come to FAU after winning nine games in three years combined and win 11 games — and not even play close games. … These guys just dominate everybody they play.”
This FAU Owls team is talented. They don’t play down to their opponent, and with all due respect, Lane deserves to put his squad against better opponents. No suggestion to Alabama, however, power five-conference competition would display the true talent Kiffin has in his hands moreover the coaching acumen.
The offense is what sells this team. The Owls were 1-3 at the start of the season. They never lost again, the ten wins coming by an average of 24.8 points and capped by a win in FAU’s first bowl appearance since 2008. The Owls had a combined nine wins in the last three years.
Singletary is impressive; the Deerfield Beach native is proud he turned down offers from big-name schools to be an Owl. He finished with 32 touchdowns this season for the Owls (11-3), who matched the school record for wins in a season — set during the team’s run to the Division I-AA semifinals in 2003.
The only players with more rushing touchdowns than Singletary in the last 50 years of major college football were Barry Sanders (37 in 1988) and Montee Ball (33 in 2011). He had 43 TDs in his first two seasons and had only two in his first three games this year — before getting 30 more in the final 11 games. Video game numbers.
The Owls did not punt on their first nine possessions, getting seven touchdowns and two missed field goals out of those.
The joke is Kiffin is here for ten more months instead of years. Kiffin knows how long he is here. FAU has shared enrollment is up, why? The Lane train can be the answer. I expect the train to ride along as the wheels remain on.