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Late interception thwarts Florida Atlantic comeback

Associated Press
Published November 12, 2006


FORT LAUDERDALE - Omar Haugabook threw three touchdowns in Troy's 24-17 win over Florida Atlantic on Saturday.

All three of Haugabook's TDs were more than 50 yards, and two went to Mykeal Terry. Haugabook was 20-for-29 for 325 yards and one interception.

Rusty Smith was 24-for-37 for 312 yards and two touchdowns for the Owls, but he was intercepted twice.

The Trojans held a 17-10 lead after a 41-yard field goal by Greg Whibbs in the third quarter. Florida Atlantic tied it at 17 on a 10-play, 82-yard drive capped by a 14-yard touchdown from Smith to Jamari Grant.

It didn't take long for Troy to respond. Two plays after the kickoff, Haugabook tossed a 54-yard touchdown to Terry.

Florida Atlantic was driving with 2:46 left, but Leodis McKelvin intercepted Smith in the end zone.

HOWARD 28, B-CC 0: Brian Johnson threw for two touchdowns and ran for a third for visiting Howard in Daytona Beach. It was Bethune-Cookman's first shutout loss at home since a 27-0 loss to Hampton in 1997. The Wildcats were limited to 158 yards, only 21 rushing. Endor Cooper had five of Howard's seven sacks, equaling the most by a Division I-AA player in a game this season.

DRAKE 47, JACKSONVILLE 28: Scott Phaydavong rushed for 216 yards and Willie Cashmore scored five touchdowns for visiting Drake. Jacksonville's Jerry Brant finished with 135 rushing yards on 22 carries to become the school career rushing leader with 2,375 yards. He surpassed Emmett Hunter (2,349).

FIU PLAYERS RETURN: Three Florida International players - starters Julian Reams and John Ellis and special teams players Mannie Wellington - returned to play Saturday night against Louisiana-Monroe after serving suspensions for their involvement in a brawl Oct. 14 against Miami.