Florida Atlantic Owls
Raymond James Stadium (65,857/Natural Grass)
ESPN3.com — Dave Weekley and Rene Ingoglia
USF and Florida Atlantic have met twice previously … The Bulls are 2-0 all-time against the Owls, with the last meeting in 2007 … The Bulls were 35-23 winners that year as USF RB Benjamin Williams ran for 186 yards and four touchdowns, while Florida Atlantic QB Rusty Smith threw for 259 yards and three TDs.
Skip Holtz (Notre Dame ’86)
2-1, first season at USF
74-51, 11th year as collegiate head coach
USF returned from a bye week and improved to 2-1 with a 24-12 win against Western Kentucky … The Bulls are looking for their first back-to-back wins of the season … The lone loss was a 38-14 setback at No. 8 Florida … USF leads the BIG EAST in rushing offense (216.7 yards per game) and is second in soring offense (32.3 ppg) and total offense (392.0 ypg) … The Bulls kept the ball on the ground for 44 of their 55 offensive plays against Western Kentucky … QB B.J. Daniels has completed 27 of 53 passes for 405 yards and three touchdowns with five interceptions … Daniels also is averaging 55.3 rushing yards and has scored two TDs on the ground … RB Demetris Murray is averaging 77.3 yards per game and 6.6 yards per carry … WR Dontavia Bogan missed the game against Western Kentucky with an ankle injury, but head coach Skip Holtz suggested that Bogan could return to the field Saturday … Bogan has averaged 24.5 yards per reception through his first two games … P Justin Brockhuas-Kahn is the BIG EAST leader in punting with an average of 48.1 yards per punt.
FLORIDA ATLANTIC (1-2, 0-1 Sun Belt)
Howard Schnellenberger (Kentucky ’56)
54-57, 10th season at Florida Atlantic
154-134-3, 26th season as collegiate head coach
Florida Atlantic enters Saturday’s game at 1-2 following a 21-17 loss to North Texas last week … The Owls edged Alabama-Birmingham 32-31 to open the season before falling 30-17 at Michigan State … The school started varsity football in 2001 and played as a Championship Subdivision independent until 2003 … The Owls has played in back-to-back bowl games in 2007 and 2008 before falling to 5-7 last season … Florida Atlantic coach Howard Schnellenberger has had previous head coaching stops at Miami (Fla.), Louisville and Oklahoma and led Miami to the 1983 national championship … Schnellenberger also helped Alabama to three national titles (1961, 1964, 1965) as offensive coordinator under Bear Bryant … Schnellenberger began the year ranked 10th among active Bowl Subdivision coaches in career wins (153) … The Owls play only four home games this season … RB Alfred Morris gets most of the work on the ground with 53 carries for 211 yards and three touchdowns this season … QB Jeff Van Camp has thrown five touchdown passes against two interceptions and has completed 63.7 percent of his attempts (58 of 91) … WR Lester Jean has averaged 105.7 receiving yards per game, good for ninth nationally.