Scores

Final

Wagner 3

(0-1, 0-1 away)

Florida Atl 7

(1-0, 1-0 home)

8:00 PM ET, August 31, 2012

FAU Football Stadium, BOCA RATON, FL

1 2 3 4 T
WAG 0 3 0 03
FAU 0 0 0 77

Top Performers

Passing: G. Wilbert (FAU) - 126 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: D. Williams (WAG) - 24 CAR, 117 YDS

Receiving: B. Hankerson (FAU) - 5 REC, 93 YDS, 1 TD

FAU 7, Wagner 3

Associated Press

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Graham Wilbert threw a 39-yard pass to Byron Hankerson early in the fourth quarter and Florida Atlantic beat Wagner 7-3 on Friday night to give coach Carl Pelini a victory in his first game with the team.

Pelini, the former Nebraska defensive coordinator, replaced the retired Howard Schnellenberger.

Wilbert took over for starter Stephen Curtis at the start of the second half, and finished 10 of 13 for 126 yards, and also had six carries for 23 yards.

"They were stacking the box and we didn't have the quarterback run game going for us so we sat down at halftime and made the decision to make the change," Pelini said. "It makes me look like a decent coach but honestly, Graham did this."

The Owls' offense finished with 327 yards after managing 86 in the first half.

"Nobody ever told me this was going to be easy," Pelini said. "I didn't think it was going to be easy and I knew it wasn't going to be perfect."

Hankerson had with five catches for 93 yards, and Marlese Jackson ran for 71 yards on 20 carries.

Wagner scored on David Lopez's 30-yard field goal in the second quarter.

Dominique Williams led Wagner in rushing with 117 yards on 24 carries. Nick Doscher was 7 of 17 for 91 yards and threw an interception.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
WAG
FAU
1st Downs1117
Total Yards215327
Passing91163
Rushing124164
Penalties4-302-25
3rd Down Conversions1-126-15
4th Down Conversions1-22-3
Turnovers14
Possession30:1529:45

Passing Leaders

WagnerC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Doscher7/17915.401
Florida AtlanticC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Wilbert10/131269.710

Rushing Leaders

WagnerCARYDSAVGTDLG
Williams241174.9021
Wright4133.309
Florida AtlanticCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jackson21994.7028
Curtis7263.707

Receiving Leaders

WagnerRECYDSAVGTDLG
Carrington24120.5025
Crawford3258.3016
Florida AtlanticRECYDSAVGTDLG
Hankerson59318.6139
Jones3299.7014

Scoring Summary

SECOND QUARTERWAGFAU
FG11:13David Lopez 30 Yd 30
FOURTH QUARTERWAGFAU
TD11:36Byron Hankerson 39 Yd Pass From Graham Wilbert (Vinny Zaccario Kick) 37