Florida Atlantic 38, Troy 32

TROY, Ala. (AP) - Rusty Smith passed for 291 yards and two touchdowns and Florida Atlantic had a late defensive stand to beat Troy 38-32.

The win sends the fledgling Owls program to their first bowl game.

Howard Schnellenberger's Owls (7-5, 6-1 Sun Belt Conference) scored 28 points in a 12-minute span of the second half and held on to claim a share of the league title with the Trojans (8-4, 6-1).

They also have a chance to play Memphis in the New Orleans Bowl.

Smith completed 23-of-34 passes, including two touchdown passes.
Cortez Gent had eight catches for 155 yards.

Omar Haugabook completed 35-of-47 passes for 265 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He also rushed for 86 yards on 23 carries.

The win and league title was another achievement for the 73-year-old Schnellenberger, who started building the program from scratch in 1998 -- 15 years after leading Miami to a national championship.

The Owls' first full season as a Division I-A team was in 2005.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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