GAINESVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 03: Andre Debose #4 of the University of Florida Gators attempts to run past Curtis Cross #26 of the Florida Atlantic Owls during a game at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on September 3, 2011 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
The Florida Atlantic Owls look to improve to 2-0 in their Week 2 contest with the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders.
The Florida Atlantic Owls face the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders on Saturday, looking to follow up their 7-3 victory over the Wagner Seahawks with another win. Middle Tennessee is 0-1 so far in 2012.
Florida Atlantic leaned heavily on their rushing offense in Game 1, with Martese Jackson getting 21 carries and picking up 99 yards. Quarterback Graham Wilbert was accurate when he did throw, connecting on 10 of 13 passes, including a 39-yard game-winning shot to Byron Hankerson. Defensive back D'Joun Smith was the star on the defensive side of the ball, picking up an interception late in the second quarter.
Middle Tennessee's offense is considerably more powerful than Wagner's, with Logan Kilgore gaining 240 yards and two touchdowns to go with one interception in the team's Week 1 game against McNeese State. They didn't spend much time rushing the ball, with four backs combining for 103 yards on 27 carries. Given that the Owls' offense didn't look very powerful in their opener, that leaves them as the underdogs in Week 2.
Game time, TV channel: 7 p.m. ET, ESPN 3
Point spread: Middle Tennessee favored by 8 1/2
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