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.

Game Notes

Winston cleared of FSU conduct violations

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston was found not to have violated the university's conduct code over allegations that he sexually assaulted a fellow student in December 2012.

NFL flexes Bengals-Steelers into primetime for Week 17

The NFL announced Sunday night that the AFC North showdown between the Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers will be the NBC primetime game for Week 17.

Giants acquire McGehee from Marlins

The San Francisco Giants have acquired infielder Casey McGehee from the Miami Marlins in exchange for minor league pitchers Kendry Flores and Luis Castillo.

Vancouver's Hansen collapses on bench

Vancouver Canucks forward Jannik Hansen collapsed on the bench during the second period of Saturday's game against the Calgary Flames and had to be helped to the locker room.

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