BOCA RATON, Fla. – Freshman Chris Robison completed 33-of-40 passes for a school-record 471 yards and three touchdowns and FAU notched its first victory over a service academy, beating Air Force in the Owls home opener Saturday.
FAU has lost to Navy in two meetings.
Air Force’s defense keyed on stopping Heisman Trophy candidate Devin Singletary, and save for his 36-yard touchdown run in the first half, he had a quiet afternoon, finishing with 16 carries for 57 yards and the one touchdown But Robison spread the ball around economically to his receivers, with his favorite target, Jovon Durante, hauling in 12 passes for 174 yards, and he was in a rhythm from the opening drive.
The Falcons had success running the ball out of their triple option formation and quarterback Isaiah Sanders also surprised the Owls in the passing game with some deep throws. But it wasn’t enough to slow down the home team in a game that was delayed 80 minutes by lightning.
A late blocked punt recovered in the end zone for a touchdown by Air Force put a scare into the home crowd but the Owls held on.
THE TAKEAWAY: FAU found its quarterback of the future in Robison with a stellar performance. He kept the Air Force defense on its heels with play-action fakes, made accurate throws and showed no fear in throwing the deep ball. Head coach Lane Kiffin’s fast-paced offense suits Robison well as several of his big gains came on shovel passes to Durante and Willie Wright, who caught two of Robison’s touchdown passes.UP NEXT: Air Force has a bye and FAU hosts Bethune-Cookman Saturday at 6 p.m.