2008 Motor City Bowl
Florida Atlantic 24, CMU 21
December 26, 2008
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.
|Attendance - 41,399|
|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)|
|Total Net Yards||418||380|
|Time of Possession||32:10||27:50|
CMU – 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)
CMU – Dan LeFevour 28-40-1 for 253
FAU – Rusty Smith 20-35-0 for 306; Cortez Gent 0-1-0 for 0
CMU – 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)