Scores

Final

LA-Lafayette 29

(5-5, 4-1 Sun Belt)

Florida Atl 40

(5-5, 3-2 C-USA)

4:00 PM ET, November 15, 2008

1 2 3 4 T
ULL 0 7 0 2229
FAU 12 14 7 740

Top Performers

Passing: R. Smith (FAU) - 290 YDS, 4 TD

Rushing: C. Pierre (FAU) - 10 CAR, 109 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: R. Housler (FAU) - 3 REC, 65 YDS, 2 TD

Florida Atlantic 40, Louisiana-Lafayette 29

Associated Press

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Rusty Smith threw four touchdown passes as Florida Atlantic beat Louisiana-Lafayette 40-29 on Saturday.

Florida Atlantic (5-5,3-2 Sun Belt Conference) won its fourth straight game while handing the Ragin' Cajuns (5-5, 4-1) its first conference loss.

Smith was 17-for-26 for 290 yards, and Rob Housler caught two of Smith's touchdown passes and had 65 receiving yards.

Michael Desormeaux was 11-for-18 for 84 yards and two interceptions for Louisiana-Lafayette before being replaced by Brad McGuire, who was 7-for-8 for 48 yards. Chris Masson, the third quarterback used by the Ragin' Cajuns, was 6-for-7 for 72 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

The Owls took a 6-0 lead on Charles Pierre's 6-yard touchdown run in the first, and stretched the lead to 12-0 on a 13-yard touchdown pass to Chris Bonner from Smith.

Florida Atlantic made it 19-0 on Smith's second touchdown pass, a 14-yard strike to Rob Housler in the second quarter.

Louisiana-Lafayette pulled to 19-7 on a 14-yard touchdown run by Tyrell Fenroy, but a 10-yard touchdown run by Willie Rose gave Florida Atlantic a 26-7 lead at halftime.

Housler and Smith would hook up again on a 23-yard score in the third.

Trailing 40-7 in the fourth, Louisiana-Lafayette scored 22 points in the final quarter to shrink the final margin.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
ULL
FAU
1st Downs2624
Total Yards432523
Passing204307
Rushing228216
Penalties8-638-95
3rd Down Conversions10-164-8
4th Down Conversions0-10-0
Turnovers41
Possession37:2122:39

Passing Leaders

Louisiana-LafayetteC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Desormeaux11/18844.702
Florida AtlanticC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Smith17/2629011.240

Rushing Leaders

Louisiana-LafayetteCARYDSAVGTDLG
Fenroy18925.1122
Desormeaux12705.8012
Florida AtlanticCARYDSAVGTDLG
Pierre1010910.9150
Rose55811.6122

Receiving Leaders

Louisiana-LafayetteRECYDSAVGTDLG
Green33913.0120
Aubrey23819.0130
Florida AtlanticRECYDSAVGTDLG
Grant58617.2148
Gent36622.0044

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERULLFAU
TD13:25Charles Pierre 6 Yd Run (Pat Blocked) 06
TD07:30Chris Bonner 13 Yd Pass From Rusty Smith (Pat Blocked) 012
SECOND QUARTERULLFAU
TD10:12Rob Housler 14 Yd Pass From Rusty Smith (Warley Leroy Kick) 019
TD07:22Tyrell Fenroy 14 Yd Run (Drew Edmiston Kick) 719
TD00:48William Rose 10 Yd Run (Warley Leroy Kick) 726
THIRD QUARTERULLFAU
TD05:58Rob Housler 23 Yd Pass From Rusty Smith (Warley Leroy Kick) 733
FOURTH QUARTERULLFAU
TD13:07Jamari Grant 5 Yd Pass From Rusty Smith (Warley Leroy Kick) 740
TD07:44Ladarius Green 2 Yd Pass From Brad McGuire (Drew Edmiston Kick) 1440
TD06:20Scooter Rogers 30 Yd Fumble Return (Drew Edmiston Kick) 2140
TD01:40Luke Aubrey 30 Yd Pass From Chris Masson (Chris Masson Pass To Luke Aubrey For Two-Point Conversion) 2940