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Lane's a champ: FAU tops North Texas for C-USA title, 41-17

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) Lane Kiffin has won much bigger games. He's got national championships, Southeastern Conference titles, victories before more than 100,000 fans and with millions more watching on television.

This one wasn't like those.

It still mattered plenty.

Kiffin is a league champion yet again, and Florida Atlantic is one for the first time. Kiffin's first season at FAU delivered a Conference USA title, as the Owls defeated North Texas 41-17 for the league crown on Saturday. And Kiffin found himself savoring the moment more than many of the big wins he's been part of in the past.

''It's a cool story,'' Kiffin said. ''The Christmas present that you give to the kid that has nothing, they'll appreciate it compared to the kid that gets them all the time. And so that locker room in there, it's pretty neat.''

Devin Singletary had 26 carries for 164 yards and three touchdowns for the Owls, who extended their unbeaten streak to nine games and finished undefeated against C-USA opponents this season. Jason Driskel completed 15 of 27 passes for 269 yards and a touchdown for FAU, and Kalib Woods had a school-record 208 receiving yards.

''Words can't explain it,'' Singletary said. ''It's one of the best feelings ever.''

FAU (10-3) had 633 yards of offense, and Kiffin's last play call of the day was one where he ordered his brother - defensive coordinator Chris Kiffin - to get a water bucket dumped on him. FAU's players then got the head coach with one, and the celebration was underway.

''It's really special,'' FAU linebacker Azeez Al-Shaair said. ''I haven't been around somebody like that in my time as a player.''

The Owls, who beat North Texas 69-31 in the regular season, took a 34-0 lead in the first 33 minutes on Saturday. FAU had gains of 47, 49, 22, 44, 21 and 34 yards in the first quarter alone, and the lead was never really threatened.

But make no mistake, FAU's biggest star doesn't wear a helmet - he wears a visor.

''Got to give credit to Lane Kiffin as well,'' North Texas linebacker E.J. Ejiya said. ''He did his thing today.''

Mason Fine completed 28 of 44 passes for 367 yards for the Mean Green (9-4), whose five-game winning streak was snapped. Turner Smiley had a touchdown catch and Evan Johnson ran one in for North Texas, which will be bowl-bound for the second straight year.

The 10-win season matches Kiffin's best as a head coach. He went 10-2 at USC in 2011.

''You have to give credit to Coach Kiffin and FAU,'' North Texas coach Seth Littrell said. ''They're unbelievable.''

It took Kiffin less than a full year to turn FAU's fortunes around. He inherited a program that was coming off three consecutive 3-9 seasons, and took over after three years as Nick Saban's offensive coordinator at Alabama.

FAU never looked at the Kiffin hire as a risk. Even if the Owls did, it has officially paid off now.

''He's been taught by the best,'' FAU athletic director Pat Chun said. ''He's had great successes. I think things get lost. He had a winning record as a head coach and he's learned from his failures. So you put all those together ... you thought this could be a place where he achieved a level of success that he had not achieved before.''

THE TAKEAWAY

North Texas: The Mean Green were outclassed twice by FAU this season, but UNT only needs to win its bowl game to get the program's first 10-win season since going 10-1 in 1977 under coach Hayden Fry.

Florida Atlantic: This is the eighth time in Kiffin's last 14 collegiate seasons that he's been part of a conference championship, including Southeastern Conference crowns each of the previous three years at Alabama. To put what he's done at FAU in even more perspective, the Owls have 10 wins in their last 11 games - after winning 10 times in the 39 previous games.

MOTORING

Singletary - whose nickname is ''Motor'' - has 29 rushing touchdowns on the season, 27 of them coming in the Owls' last 10 games. The 29 scores is tops among all FBS players this year, and it makes him the sixth player in the 2000s to have that many in a season. The FBS record is 37, set by Barry Sanders for Oklahoma State in 1988.

HE'S NO. 2

Kiffin has 10 wins now at Florida Atlantic - and as strange as this may sound, he's already No. 2 on the Owls' career victory list. Howard Schnellenberger won 58 games with the Owls, Kiffin has 10, Charlie Partridge won nine, Carl Pelini won five and Brian Wright had four victories as an interim coach when Pelini got fired during the 2013 season.

UP NEXT

Both teams will learn their bowl destinations on Sunday.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 5:27
17-G.Joseph extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
17
41
Touchdown 5:27
5-D.Singletary runs 5 yards for a touchdown.
10
plays
71
yds
05:05
pos
17
40
Two Point Conversion 10:32
6-M.Fine complete to 8-R.Bussey. 8-R.Bussey to FAU End Zone for 2 yards. Conversion is good.
plays
yds
pos
17
34
Touchdown 10:32
26-E.Johnson runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
7
plays
62
yds
02:27
pos
15
34
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Missed Two Point Conversion 4:47
6-M.Fine incomplete. Intended for 8-R.Bussey.
plays
yds
pos
9
34
Touchdown 4:47
6-M.Fine complete to 1-T.Smiley. 1-T.Smiley runs 77 yards for a touchdown.
1
plays
77
yds
00:13
pos
9
34
Field Goal 5:54
30-T.Moore 26 yards Field Goal is Good.
16
plays
78
yds
06:22
pos
3
34
Point After TD 12:21
17-G.Joseph extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
34
Touchdown 12:21
16-J.Driskel complete to 4-K.Woods. 4-K.Woods runs 54 yards for a touchdown.
4
plays
79
yds
01:10
pos
0
33
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 4:43
17-G.Joseph extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
27
Touchdown 4:43
5-D.Singletary runs 5 yards for a touchdown.
9
plays
50
yds
02:54
pos
0
26
Field Goal 10:00
17-G.Joseph 22 yards Field Goal is Good.
10
plays
80
yds
03:32
pos
0
20
Point After TD 14:55
17-G.Joseph extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
17
Touchdown 14:55
5-D.Singletary runs 3 yards for a touchdown.
6
plays
64
yds
01:37
pos
0
16
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 10:11
17-G.Joseph extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
10
Touchdown 10:11
15-K.Solomon complete to 12-J.Franklin. 12-J.Franklin runs 22 yards for a touchdown.
2
plays
71
yds
00:32
pos
0
9
Field Goal 12:23
17-G.Joseph 24 yards Field Goal is Good.
8
plays
65
yds
02:27
pos
0
3
Team Stats
1st Downs 26 22
Rushing 5 9
Passing 20 11
Penalty 1 2
3rd Down Conv 5-15 6-14
4th Down Conv 0-2 1-1
Total Net Yards 399 627
Total Plays 80 72
Avg Gain 5.0 8.7
Net Yards Rushing 81 281
Rush Attempts 35 42
Avg Rush Yards 2.3 6.7
Net Yards Passing 318 346
Comp. - Att. 28-45 18-30
Yards Per Pass 7.1 11.5
Sacked - Yards Lost 7-38 2-6
Penalties - Yards 6-57 9-73
Touchdowns 2 5
Rushing TDs 1 3
Passing TDs 1 2
Other 0 0
Turnovers 2 0
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 0-0
Int. Thrown 2 0
Punts - Avg 6-42.7 4-46.3
Return Yards 59 80
Punts - Returns 1-11 1-0
Kickoffs - Returns 3-48 1-29
Int. - Returns 0-0 2-51
Kicking 1/1 7/8
Extra Points 0/0 5/5
Field Goals 1/1 2/3
Safeties 0 0
1234T
North Texas 9-4 009817
FAU 10-3 10177741
318 PASS YDS 346
81 RUSH YDS 281
399 TOTAL YDS 627
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
M. Fine 6 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
63.6% 356 1 2 130.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
64.3% 3749 28 13 147.8
M. Fine 28/44 356 1 2
Q. Shanbour 19 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 0 0.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
66.7% 34 1 0 169.3
Q. Shanbour 0/1 0 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
N. Smith 21 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
14 50 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
132 665 6
N. Smith 14 50 0 12
E. Johnson 26 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 13 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
37 213 3
E. Johnson 4 13 1 6
A. Tucker 25 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 9 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
13 78 2
A. Tucker 2 9 0 6
M. Fine 6 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
15 1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
99 74 1
M. Fine 15 1 0 27
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
R. Bussey Jr. 8 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
8 109 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
43 613 6
R. Bussey Jr. 8 109 0 27
T. Smiley 1 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 105 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
31 575 4
T. Smiley 4 105 1 77
M. Lawrence 32 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
6 74 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
56 749 3
M. Lawrence 6 74 0 26
Q. Jackson 13 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 16 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 73 1
Q. Jackson 1 16 0 16
A. Tucker 25 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 16 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 22 0
A. Tucker 1 16 0 16
J. Darden 84 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 16 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
32 281 3
J. Darden 2 16 0 14
K. Smith 87 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 8 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
24 242 0
K. Smith 2 8 0 5
N. Smith 21 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 6 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
17 135 2
N. Smith 3 6 0 4
J. Guyton 9 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 6 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
48 764 9
J. Guyton 1 6 0 6
C. Chumley 15 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 89 0
C. Chumley 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
K. Muhammad 4 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
9-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
18-4 0 0.0
K. Muhammad 9-1 0.0 0
E. Ejiya 22 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 1.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 1.5
E. Ejiya 6-1 1.5 0
Ke. Hall 16 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 1 0.0
Ke. Hall 6-0 0.0 0
B. Garner 37 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-3 0 0.0
B. Garner 5-3 0.0 0
A. Preston 27 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
A. Preston 4-0 0.0 0
E. Jenkins 2 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 2 0.0
E. Jenkins 4-1 0.0 0
K. McClain 6 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 1 0.0
K. McClain 4-0 0.0 0
A. Flusche 99 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 1 0.0
A. Flusche 3-1 0.0 0
N. Brooks 9 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
N. Brooks 2-0 0.0 0
L. Hamilton 50 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 1 0.0
L. Hamilton 2-0 0.0 0
J. Wheeler 18 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.5
J. Wheeler 1-2 0.5 0
T. Johnson 90 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
T. Johnson 1-0 0.0 0
R. Young 49 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
R. Young 1-1 0.0 0
D. Novil 97 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
D. Novil 1-0 0.0 0
R. Reynolds 91 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
R. Reynolds 1-0 0.0 0
T. Tauaalo 15 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
T. Tauaalo 0-2 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
T. Moore 30 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 0/0
SEASON FG XP
19/21 52/52
T. Moore 1/1 26 0/0 3
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
B. Patterson 93 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
6 42.7 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
30 41.3 2
B. Patterson 6 42.7 2 56
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
E. Johnson 26 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 19.0 23 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
18 20.2 23 0
E. Johnson 2 19.0 23 0
C. Maki 44 FB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 10.0 10 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 10.0 10 0
C. Maki 1 10.0 10 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
E. Jenkins 2 DB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 11.0 11 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
6 3.8 11 0
E. Jenkins 1 11.0 11 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
J. Driskel 16 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
55.6% 269 1 0 151.5
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
65.6% 1977 13 4 145.0
J. Driskel 15/27 269 1 0
J. Franklin III 12 WR
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
100% 49 0 0 511.6
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
100% 49 0 0 511.6
J. Franklin III 1/1 49 0 0
D. Singletary 5 RB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
100% 12 0 0 200.8
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
100% 12 0 0 200.8
D. Singletary 1/1 12 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
D. Singletary 5 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
26 164 3
SEASON ATT YDS TD
275 1796 29
D. Singletary 26 164 3 47
J. Franklin III 12 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 75 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
16 229 2
J. Franklin III 2 75 0 67
J. Driskel 16 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 13 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
71 360 6
J. Driskel 4 13 0 16
M. Clark 20 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 9 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
13 60 0
M. Clark 2 9 0 8
W. Wright 86 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 8 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
15 120 1
W. Wright 3 8 0 6
K. Whyte Jr. 6 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 7 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
50 312 2
K. Whyte Jr. 4 7 0 4
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
W. Wright 86 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 27 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
49 586 4
W. Wright 4 27 0 12
J. Franklin III 12 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 22 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 95 1
J. Franklin III 1 22 1 22
K. Whyte Jr. 6 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 19 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 36 0
K. Whyte Jr. 2 19 0 17
T. Harrison 82 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 77 0
T. Harrison 0 0 0 0
D. Singletary 5 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 -2 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
18 185 1
D. Singletary 1 -2 0 -2
Defense T-A SACK INT
A. Al-Shaair 2 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
10-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-1 0 0.0
A. Al-Shaair 10-1 0.0 0
J. Young 18 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-0 2 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-0 7 0.0
J. Young 7-0 0.0 2
H. Snyder 94 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 2.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 2.0
H. Snyder 4-0 2.0 0
L. McCarthy 13 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 1 1.0
L. McCarthy 3-1 1.0 0
C. Tooley 26 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 4 0.0
C. Tooley 3-0 0.0 0
J. Pierre 37 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
J. Pierre 3-0 0.0 0
R. Smith 7 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.5
R. Smith 3-2 0.5 0
S. Lewis 3 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 4 0.0
S. Lewis 3-0 0.0 0
W. Davis 42 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
W. Davis 3-0 0.0 0
S. Leggett 56 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 1.0
S. Leggett 2-1 1.0 0
Z. Gilbert 24 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
Z. Gilbert 2-1 0.0 0
A. Soroh 14 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-2 1 0.0
A. Soroh 1-2 0.0 0
K. Smith 29 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
K. Smith 1-0 0.0 0
Q. Hafiz 25 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
Q. Hafiz 1-0 0.0 0
K. Harris 31 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
K. Harris 1-0 0.0 0
H. Miller 21 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
H. Miller 1-0 0.0 0
T. Bonner 45 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
T. Bonner 1-0 1.0 0
H. Nagel 98 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
H. Nagel 1-0 1.0 0
H. Barnwell V 54 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
H. Barnwell V 1-0 0.0 0
A. Bennett 97 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
A. Bennett 1-0 1.0 0
R. Wilson Jr. 43 TE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
R. Wilson Jr. 1-0 0.0 0
N. Internicola 8 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
N. Internicola 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
G. Joseph 17 K
IN-GAME FG XP
2/3 5/5
SEASON FG XP
15/19 59/63
G. Joseph 2/3 24 5/5 11
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
R. Rickel 99 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 46.3 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
46 42.6 0
R. Rickel 4 46.3 0 55
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
K. Whyte Jr. 6 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 29.0 29 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
23 24.7 29 1
K. Whyte Jr. 1 29.0 29 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
Z. Gilbert 24 DB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
Z. Gilbert 1 0.0 0 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:19 NTEXAS 25 1:23 3 9 Punt
10:11 NTEXAS 25 1:28 3 9 Punt
5:40 NTEXAS 20 3:47 9 45 Downs
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:55 NTEXAS 25 1:12 3 3 Punt
9:56 NTEXAS 25 2:03 9 48 INT
4:38 NTEXAS 15 3:39 10 45 Punt
0:22 NTEXAS 36 0:00 1 -8 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:54 NTEXAS 27 1:10 3 -1 Punt
12:16 NTEXAS 18 6:22 16 73 FG
5:00 NTEXAS 23 0:13 1 77 TD
2:42 NTEXAS 43 2:08 5 8 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:59 NTEXAS 38 2:27 7 62 TD
5:27 NTEXAS 25 2:34 8 4 INT
1:09 NTEXAS 20 0:56 8 53
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:50 FAU 29 2:27 8 65 FG
10:43 FAU 29 0:32 2 71 TD
8:31 FAU 32 2:46 8 56 FG Miss
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
1:50 FAU 36 1:37 6 64 TD
13:32 FAU 16 3:32 10 80 FG
7:37 NTEXAS 50 2:54 9 50 TD
0:51 FAU 8 0:19 3 1 Punt
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:31 FAU 26 1:10 4 74 TD
5:50 FAU 25 0:43 3 5 Punt
4:47 FAU 25 1:56 4 4 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
0:24 FAU 20 0:00 6 -13 Punt
10:32 FAU 29 5:05 10 71 TD
2:45 FAU 17 1:24 3 17 Fumble