Saturday, December 2, 2017 NCAA Football Final Score & Bet Recap: North Texas Mean Green vs. Florida Atlantic Owls
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Saturday, December 2, 2017 NCAA Football Final Score & Bet Recap: North Texas Mean Green vs. Florida Atlantic Owls

Florida Atlantic 41, North Texas 17

When: 12:00 PM ET , Saturday, December 2, 2017
Where: FAU Football Stadium, Boca Raton, Florida
Attendance: 14258

Devin Singletary scampered through the North Texas defense for 164 yards as Florida Atlantic handed the Mean Green a 41-17 defeat on Saturday at FAU Stadium.

Bettors who backed the Owls were also rewarded, as they covered the closing number as a favorite of -10.5 at sportsbooks. Over-Under bettors saw the total score go UNDER the closing total of 71.0.

North Texas Mean Green vs. Florida Atlantic Owls Quarterback

North Texas Mean Green QB Stats   Florida Atlantic Owls QB Stats
M. Fine 28/44 356 1 2   J. Driskel 15/27 269 1 0
Q. Shanbour 0/1 0 0 0   J. Franklin III 1/1 49 0 0
            K. Solomon 1/1 22 1 0
            D. Singletary 1/1 12 0 0

North Texas Mean Green vs. Florida Atlantic Owls Final Score & Betting Odds

Final 1 2 3 4 T
North Texas Mean Green (9-4) 0 0 9 8 17
Florida Atlantic Owls (10-3) 10 17 7 7 41

Gm# Team
315 North Texas Mean Green (17)
316 Florida Atlantic Owls (41)
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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.''


Both teams will learn their bowl destinations on Sunday.

NCAA Football Predictions: Florida Atlantic -11½
Total O/U: Under 72½

North Texas Mean Green (17) vs Florida Atlantic Owls (41) Betting Results - Won


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