Scores

Final

Minnesota 39

(1-2, 0-1 away)

Florida Atl 42

(2-1, 2-0 home)

1:00 PM ET, September 15, 2007

Sun Life Stadium, Miami, FL

1 2 3 4 T
MINN 14 0 10 1539
FAU 14 21 0 742

Top Performers

Passing: R. Smith (FAU) - 463 YDS, 5 TD

Rushing: C. Pierre (FAU) - 17 CAR, 89 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: E. Decker (MINN) - 12 REC, 165 YDS, 1 TD

Florida Atlantic 42, Minnesota 39

Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) -- Rusty Smith threw for 463 yards and five touchdowns, and Florida Atlantic forced seven turnovers to beat Minnesota 42-39 Saturday.

It was the first victory for Florida Atlantic against a Big Ten Conference team. Minnesota fell to 10-1 against Sun Belt Conference teams.

Willie Rose caught two touchdown passes for the Owls (2-1), who gained 580 yards. Smith went 27-for-44.

Adam Weber threw four touchdown passes for Minnesota (1-2), but also was intercepted four times. He finished 31-for-47 for 335 yards.

Smith's final touchdown pass, a 16-yarder to Conshario Johnson, extended the Owls' lead to 42-24 in the fourth quarter before the Golden Gophers rallied. They scored twice on passes to Ernie Wheelwright, but an interception by Tavious Polo at the Florida Atlantic 35-yard line with three seconds left sealed the win.

The score was 14-all before the Owls took advantage of two Minnesota turnovers to score three touchdowns in the second quarter and lead 35-14.

Jay Thomas returned a kickoff 91 yards for Minnesota's first score.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MINN
FAU
1st Downs2924
Total Yards470580
Passing335463
Rushing135117
Penalties4-247-56
3rd Down Conversions10-1313-21
4th Down Conversions0-00-2
Turnovers70
Possession25:5534:05

Passing Leaders

MinnesotaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Weber31/473357.144
Florida AtlanticC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Smith27/4446310.550

Rushing Leaders

MinnesotaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Pinnix16925.8022
Weber8253.1010
Florida AtlanticCARYDSAVGTDLG
Pierre17895.2122
Manley8374.6030

Receiving Leaders

MinnesotaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Decker1216513.8124
Wheelwright5438.6213
Florida AtlanticRECYDSAVGTDLG
Gent410927.3042
Harmon510420.8056

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMINNFAU
TD12:38William Rose 2 Yd Pass From Rusty Smith (Warley Leroy Kick) 07
TD12:24Jay Thomas 91 Yd Kickoff Return (Joel Monroe Kick) 77
TD09:54William Rose 9 Yd Pass From Rusty Smith (Warley Leroy Kick) 714
TD07:07Eric Decker 23 Yd Pass From Adam Weber (Joel Monroe Kick) 1414
SECOND QUARTERMINNFAU
TD09:13Charles Pierre 2 Yd Run (Warley Leroy Kick) 1421
TD05:39Lestar Jean 46 Yd Pass From Rusty Smith (Warley Leroy Kick) 1428
TD05:21Diivory Edgecomb 43 Yd Pass From Rusty Smith (Warley Leroy Kick) 1435
THIRD QUARTERMINNFAU
FG10:28Joel Monroe 21 Yd 1735
TD03:38Tray Herndon 6 Yd Pass From Adam Weber (Joel Monroe Kick) 2435
FOURTH QUARTERMINNFAU
TD11:29Conshario Johnson 16 Yd Pass From Rusty Smith (Warley Leroy Kick) 2442
TD08:18Ernest Wheelwright 13 Yd Pass From Adam Weber (Adam Weber Pass To Ernest Wheelwright For Two-Point Conversion) 3242
TD03:20Ernest Wheelwright 8 Yd Pass From Adam Weber (Joel Monroe Kick) 3942