2008 Motor City Bowl
Courtesy: Robert Barclay/CMU
Kito Poblah caught six passes for 60 yards and a touchdown in the 2008 Motor City Bowl.

2008 Motor City Bowl
Florida Atlantic 24, CMU 21
December 26, 2008
Detroit, Mich.

Rusty Smith threw for 306 yards and two touchdowns to lead Florida Atlantic to a 24-21 win in the Motor City Bowl.

Smith threw touchdown passes of 52 yards to Chris Bonner and 18 yards to Cortez Gent to give the Owls a 24-13 lead after the game was tied 10-10 at halftime.

The Chippewas drew within 24-21 on a 15-yard touchdown pass from Dan LeFevour to Antonio Brown and two-point conversion pass from LeFevour to Kito Poblah with 3:09 left. FAU, however, recovered the onside-kick and picked up three first downs to erase the clock.

Nick Bellore recovered a Smith fumble on the Owls’ second possession to set up the Chippewas at their own 42-yard line, but LeFevour was intercepted on the next snap.DiIvory Edgecomb scored on a 1-yard dive six plays later to give FAU a 7-0 lead.

After the teams traded punts, CMU covered 75 yards in eight plays to tie the score. Poblah made a one-handed catch of a LeFevour throw for the score.

Brown’s 29-yard punt return on the ensuing possession set up a 35-yard Andrew Aguila field goal that gave the Chippewas a 10-7 lead with 9:30 left in the half. Ross Gornall tied the score with a 36-yard field goal in the half’s final minute.

The Chippewas punted to open the second half, and FAU went in front for good on the following possession. A roughing the passer penalty on third-and-5 extended the drive, and on the next snap Smith hit Bonner with a 52-yard scoring toss.

CMU drove inside Florida Atlantic’s 20-yard line on the next possession, but had to settle for a 33-yard Aguila field goal.

Florida Atlantic was forced to punt, and Brown turned a reverse into a 72-yard touchdown on the final play of the third quarter that momentarily gave the Chippewas the lead. An offsides penalty against FAU and a facemasking penalty against CMU negated the play, and CMU eventually had to punt.

Smith’s touchdown pass to Gent nine plays after the punt gave FAU a double-digit lead with 10:17 left.

CMU then drove to the FAU 1-yard line, but a penalty and two incompletions ended the threat. The CMU defense forced a three-and-out to set up LeFevour’s touchdown pass to Brown, but it was as close as the Chippewas would get.

Game Statistics

  1 2 3 4 Final
FAU 7 3 7 7 24
CMU 0 10 3 8 21
Attendance - 41,399  

Team   Qt.   Play  
FAU   1   Edgecomb 1-yard run (Gornall PAT)  
CMU   2   Poblah 5-yard pass from LeFevour (Aguila PAT)
CMU   2   Aguila 35-yard field goal
FAU   2   Gornall 36-yard field goal
FAU   3   Bonner 52-yard pass from Smith (Gornall PAT)
CMU   3   Aguila 33-yard field goal
FAU   4   Gent 18-yard pass from Smith (Gornall PAT)
CMU   4   Brown 15-yard pass from LeFevour (Poblah pass from LeFevour)  

    FAU   CMU
First Downs   27   20
Rushing Attempts   36   31
Net Rushing   112   127
Net Passing   306   253
Passes Attempted   36   40
Passes Completed   20   28
Interceptions   0   1
Total Plays   72   71
Total Net Yards   418   380
Fumbles/Lost   2/1   1/0
Penalties/Yards   2/25   5/45
Time of Possession   32:10   27:50

Dan LeFevour 14-56, Justin Hoskins 5-30, Ontario Sneed 8-29, Antonio Brown 2-13, Bryan Schroeder 1-0, TM 1-(-1)
FAU – Charles Pierre 16-77, DiIvory Edgecomb 9-47, Willie Rose 4-14, TM 2-(-4), Rusty Smith 4-(-22)

Dan LeFevour 28-40-1 for 253
FAU – Rusty Smith 20-35-0 for 306; Cortez Gent 0-1-0 for 0

Antonio Brown 11-92, Kito Poblah 6-60, Bryan Anderson 4-30, Joe Bockheim 3-42, Bryan Schroeder 2-18, Justin Hoskins 1-11, Ontario Sneed 1-0
FAU – Cortez Gent 7-98, Jamari Grant 5-70, Chris Bonner 3-85, Rob Housler 3-27, Willie Rose 1-29, DiIvory Edgecomb 1-(-3)