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Lightning drags out Kiffin's debut, Navy tops FAU 42-19

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) Lane Kiffin's debut at Florida Atlantic lasted nearly six hours, featured three lightning delays and ended with almost no one left in the stands.

It was unforgettable.

It was also unsuccessful.

Zach Abey ran for 235 yards and two touchdowns, and Navy spoiled the start of Kiffin's era at FAU by topping the Owls 42-19 in a bizarre game that ended at 1:47 a.m. Saturday. It took more than three hours to play the fourth quarter with the delays - and when the game ended, even the cheerleaders were long gone and cleaning crews were already at work inside the stadium.

Navy scored five touchdowns on a six-possession span at one point, turning what was a brief 10-7 FAU lead into a rout. And even though the game seemed decided by the time weather interrupted play, Kiffin wouldn't concede - so the teams waited it out.

''I don't know any other way to do it,'' Kiffin said. ''I thought we were still going to win. ... I would never do anything different, and I would never walk into the locker room with the players and tell them we would do it different.''

Joshua Walker rushed for two scores for Navy (1-0). Abey also threw for a touchdown for the Midshipmen, who outgained the Owls 526-326.

Daniel Parr threw a 95-yard touchdown pass to Willie Wright for FAU (0-1), a play that gave the Owls a brief lead in the second quarter. Parr finished 19 of 30 for 281 yards and two touchdowns, the other being a 62-yarder to DeAndre McNeal.

Lightning started at the end of the third quarter, causing what was initially a 59-minute delay. Play resumed - for all of 67 seconds, with both teams getting a touchdown in that span before heading back to their respective locker rooms. The teams then returned for a warmup around 12:10 a.m., before being told to leave the field moments later.

The game restarted for the final time at 1:20 a.m. The announced attendance for Kiffin's debut was 28,481, the third-largest crowd in FAU history. All but a few were long gone when it ended.

''We were hunkered down,'' Kiffin said. ''We were staying for the long haul. That's just how we are. That's how our program is. That's how we want our players to think. If you love football, why wouldn't you want to keep playing?''

It was a most unceremonious end to Kiffin's long-awaited debut.

Kiffin got off the team bus about two hours before kickoff wearing a tan suit, sunglasses and having the headphones in his ears blaring something from the iPhone he carried. Not long afterward, he tweeted a photo of a box holding new sneakers - adidas' Yeezy Boost 350, size 12, part of the brand's collaboration with Kanye West, hence Kiffin's usage of the hashtag ''thxkanye.''

The former Tennessee, USC and Oakland Raiders head coach - most recently the Alabama offensive coordinator - had his usual look on the field: white windbreake and matching visor. And when Wright took off down the left sideline for what became the longest play in FAU history, Kiffin ran in the opposite direction in celebration.

The Owls didn't have much else to enjoy over the rest of a long, long night.

THE TAKEAWAY

Navy: The Midshipmen improved to 6-4 in openers under coach Ken Niumatalolo. ... Navy ran 68 rushing plays, as opposed to 10 passes. ... Abey completed only three throws, and still finished with 110 passing yards. ... Navy held the ball for 40 of the game's 60 minutes and went 9 for 17 on third downs.

Florida Atlantic: The Owls set school records with both the 95-yard TD pass and Greg Joseph's 54-yard field goal midway through the third quarter. ... The Owls had only 40 rushing yards, though they lost 39 on plays that went down as team rushes following bad snaps.

AND YOU ARE?

Monte Kiffin - Lane's father and part of the FAU staff - arrived at the press level about 15 minutes before kickoff and was asked by a security guard for his credential as he left the elevator. The security guard quickly relented when told who he was, and waved him through.

UP NEXT

Navy: Tulane comes in on Sept. 9 for Navy's home opener.

Florida Atlantic: The Owls visit No. 9 Wisconsin on Sept. 9.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Missed Two Point Conversion 13:53
14-D.Johnson to NAV 2 for no gain.
plays
yds
pos
42
19
Touchdown 13:53
13-D.Parr complete to 19-D.McNeal. 19-D.McNeal runs 62 yards for a touchdown.
4
plays
75
yds
00:49
pos
42
19
Point After TD 14:42
16-B.Moehring extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
42
13
Touchdown 14:42
9-Z.Abey complete to 29-D.Bonner. 29-D.Bonner runs 39 yards for a touchdown.
2
plays
-19
yds
00:11
pos
41
13
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 1:17
16-B.Moehring extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
35
13
Touchdown 1:17
9-Z.Abey runs 23 yards for a touchdown.
13
plays
17
yds
06:08
pos
34
13
Field Goal 7:32
17-G.Joseph 54 yards Field Goal is Good.
7
plays
-11
yds
01:49
pos
28
13
Point After TD 12:34
16-B.Moehring extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
28
10
Touchdown 12:34
24-J.Walker runs 48 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
17
yds
02:26
pos
27
10
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:08
16-B.Moehring extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
21
10
Touchdown 0:13
24-J.Walker runs 4 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
80
yds
1:14
pos
20
10
Point After TD 3:58
16-B.Moehring extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
10
Touchdown 4:05
9-Z.Abey runs 40 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
75
yds
3:04
pos
13
10
Point After TD 7:45
17-G.Joseph extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
10
Touchdown 7:59
13-D.Parr complete to 86-W.Wright. 86-W.Wright runs 95 yards for a touchdown.
1
plays
95
yds
0:00
pos
7
9
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 4:19
17-G.Joseph 24 yards Field Goal is Good.
6
plays
20
yds
1:35
pos
7
3
Point After TD 9:06
16-B.Moehring extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
0
Touchdown 9:15
21-T.Walker runs 4 yards for a touchdown.
8
plays
58
yds
3:58
pos
6
0
Team Stats
1st Downs 24 16
Rushing 20 6
Passing 3 9
Penalty 1 1
3rd Down Conv 9-17 4-13
4th Down Conv 2-2 0-1
Total Net Yards 526 313
Total Plays 78 57
Avg Gain 6.7 5.5
Net Yards Rushing 416 40
Rush Attempts 68 24
Avg Rush Yards 6.1 1.7
Net Yards Passing 110 273
Comp. - Att. 3-10 21-33
Yards Per Pass 11.0 8.3
Sacked - Yards Lost 0-0 2-13
Penalties - Yards 2-30 6-30
Touchdowns 6 2
Rushing TDs 5 0
Passing TDs 1 2
Other 0 0
Turnovers 3 2
Fumbles - Lost 2-2 0-0
Int. Thrown 1 2
Punts - Avg 3-34.0 5-43.2
Return Yards 29 24
Punts - Returns 2-6 0-0
Kickoffs - Returns 1-0 4-24
Int. - Returns 2-23 1-0
Kicking 6/7 3/3
Extra Points 6/6 1/1
Field Goals 0/1 2/2
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Navy 1-0 71414742
FAU 0-1 373619
110 PASS YDS 273
416 RUSH YDS 40
526 TOTAL YDS 313
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
Z. Abey 9 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
30% 110 1 1 135.4
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
30% 110 1 1 135.4
Z. Abey 3/10 110 1 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
Z. Abey 9 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
32 235 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
32 235 2
Z. Abey 32 235 2 40
J. Walker 24 FB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
8 75 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
8 75 2
J. Walker 8 75 2 48
C. High 33 FB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
16 61 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
16 61 0
C. High 16 61 0 9
D. Bonner 29 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 24 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
6 24 0
D. Bonner 6 24 0 11
B. Colon 87 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 9 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 9 0
B. Colon 1 9 0 9
J. Brown III 20 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 9 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 9 0
J. Brown III 2 9 0 5
T. Walker 21 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 4 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 4 1
T. Walker 1 4 1 4
M. Perry 10 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 -2 0
M. Perry 1 -2 0 0
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
T. Carmona 88 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 56 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 56 0
T. Carmona 1 56 0 56
D. Bonner 29 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 39 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 39 1
D. Bonner 1 39 1 39
C. Scott 82 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 15 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 15 0
C. Scott 1 15 0 15
T. Walker 21 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
T. Walker 0 0 0 0
B. Colon 87 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
B. Colon 0 0 0 0
M. Perry 10 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
M. Perry 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
J. Thompson 11 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
J. Thompson 1-0 1.0 0
H. Sullivan 53 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
H. Sullivan 1-0 1.0 0
M. Thomas 44 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
M. Thomas 0-0 0.0 1
N. Obanor 15 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
N. Obanor 0-0 0.0 1
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
B. Moehring 16 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/1 6/6
SEASON FG XP
0/1 6/6
B. Moehring 0/1 0 6/6 6
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
O. White 4 K
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
3 34.0 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
3 34.0 1
O. White 3 34.0 1 41
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
T. Carmona 88 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
T. Carmona 1 0.0 0 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
C. Scott 82 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 3.0 4 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 3.0 4 0
C. Scott 2 3.0 4 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
D. Parr 13 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
63.3% 281 2 1 157.3
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
63.3% 281 2 1 157.3
D. Parr 19/30 281 2 1
D. Singletary 5 RB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
100% 16 0 0 167.2
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
100% 16 0 0 167.2
D. Singletary 2/2 16 0 0
D. Johnson 14 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
66.7% 5 0 1 14.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
66.7% 5 0 1 14.0
D. Johnson 2/3 5 0 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
K. Whyte Jr. 6 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 36 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
6 36 0
K. Whyte Jr. 6 36 0 14
D. Johnson 14 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 31 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
4 31 0
D. Johnson 4 31 0 17
D. Singletary 5 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 26 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
6 26 0
D. Singletary 6 26 0 17
G. Howell Jr. 9 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 8 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 8 0
G. Howell Jr. 1 8 0 8
D. Parr 13 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 -14 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
4 -14 0
D. Parr 4 -14 0 3
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
W. Wright 86 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 92 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 92 1
W. Wright 3 92 1 95
D. McNeal 19 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 88 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 88 1
D. McNeal 4 88 1 62
H. Bryant 40 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 50 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 50 0
H. Bryant 2 50 0 25
D. Singletary 5 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 28 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 28 0
D. Singletary 3 28 0 16
H. Bussey III 1 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 17 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 17 0
H. Bussey III 4 17 0 9
J. Franklin III 12 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 7 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 7 0
J. Franklin III 2 7 0 8
D. McGriff 11 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 5 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 5 0
D. McGriff 2 5 0 5
B. Mitchell 8 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
B. Mitchell 0 0 0 0
T. Harrison 82 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 -1 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 -1 0
T. Harrison 1 -1 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
C. Tooley 26 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
C. Tooley 0-0 0.0 1
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
G. Joseph 17 K
IN-GAME FG XP
2/2 1/1
SEASON FG XP
2/2 1/1
G. Joseph 2/2 54 1/1 7
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
R. Rickel 99 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
5 43.2 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
5 43.2 2
R. Rickel 5 43.2 2 53
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
K. Whyte Jr. 6 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 8.0 16 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
3 8.0 16 0
K. Whyte Jr. 3 8.0 16 0
D. Bowens 10 TE
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
D. Bowens 1 0.0 0 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:29 NAVY 42 4:23 9 5 TD
4:14 NAVY 25 4:07 10 20 End of quarter
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:24 FAU 43 0:00 1 1
11:30 NAVY 17 3:20 6 42 Punt
7:45 NAVY 25 3:47 8 17 TD
1:42 NAVY 20 1:34 8 22 TD
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 NAVY 25 2:26 7 17 TD
11:12 NAVY 14 1:41 3 3 Punt
7:25 NAVY 25 6:08 13 17 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:53 FAU 39 0:11 2 -19 TD
13:53 FAU 45 2:44 6 15 INT
10:05 FAU 19 2:11 4 -61 FG Miss
6:16 NAVY 20 5:43 10 36 End of game
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 FAU 25 1:31 6 -6 Punt
9:00 FAU 16 4:41 15 19 FG
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:53 FAU 25 1:18 4 -13 Punt
13:14 FAU 42 1:39 3 -1 Punt
7:59 FAU 5 0:14 2 37 TD
3:56 FAU 19 2:08 6 21 Punt
0:07 FAU 26 0:00 1 17 End of quarter
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:29 FAU 25 1:08 3 8 Punt
9:21 FAU 42 1:49 7 -11 FG
1:17 FAU 35 0:38 3 4 End of quarter
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:42 FAU 25 0:49 4 75 TD
11:01 FAU 15 0:43 4 66 INT
7:48 FAU 20 1:24 6 0 INT