FAU 14 3 7 7 3 0 34
SALABAMA 7 7 3 14 3 3 37
Date of game: 10/20/2012

Recap: South Alabama vs. Fla Atlantic

Mobile, AL (Sports Network) - The South Alabama Jaguars picked up their first- ever Sun Belt Conference win by outlasting Florida Atlantic to pick up a 37-34 victory in a double-overtime thriller at Ladd Peebles Stadium.

After South Alabama (2-5, 1-2 Sun Belt) blocked Mitch Anderson's attempt, Michel Chapuseaux connected on a 35-yard field goal to end the Jaguars' four game losing streak. Ross Metheny completed 13-of-27 passes for 179 yards and a touchdown under center while Gabe Loper reeled in four catches for 91 yards and a score. Demetre Baker tallied 73 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries as USA downed an FBS opponent for the first time this season.

Graham Wilbert paced FAU (1-6, 0-4) with 303 yards and two touchdowns on 27- of-41 passing. Jonathan Wallace added 101 yards and a score on 21 carries. William Dukes made five receptions for a game-high 119 yards and a touchdown while Daniel McKinney made a team-best six grabs for 57 yards. Brent Harstad made 15 total tackles and forced a fumble as the Owls lost their sixth in a row.

FAU took a 7-0 lead just over five minutes after kickoff when Wallace punched it in from a yard out to punctuate an eight-play, 64-yard drive.

USA struck back with an 11-play, 75-yard drive which was finished off by a four-yard touchdown run by Baker. FAU responded with another scoring drive as Martese Jackson rushed 14 yards for a score.

The Jaguars evened the score in the second quarter as Metheny rushed five yards for touchdown with 12:18 left in the first half.

The Owls took a 17-14 lead into the break as Anderson made a 23-yard field goal as the second quarter's time expired.

FAU extended its advantage just over two minutes into the second half as Wilbert completed a 50-yard strike to Dukes for a score. FAU drove 55 yards on 12 plays to put Chapuseaux in position for a 32-yard field goal, which made it a one possession game.

Wilbert struck again in the opening seconds of the fourth quarter as he found Nexon Dorvilus for a six-yard touchdown pass.

South Alabama refused to surrender and responded with a 13-play, 80-yard drive which ended with a one-yard touchdown run by Demetre Baker. The Jaguars tied it up, 31-31, with just over a minute remaining as Metheny found Loper for a 16- yard touchdown pass.

In overtime, Chapuseaux made a 37-yard field goal in the first overtime. Anderson forced a second overtime period with a 37-yard kick of his own.

Despite the loss, the Owls gained 461 yards of total offense and limited USA to 359 yards.

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