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.
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Graduate transfer quarterback Davis Webb has officially joined California, giving the Golden Bears an experienced option to replace No. 1 overall NFL draft pick Jared Goff.
First-year football coach Dino Babers, hired by former Syracuse AD Mark Coyle, is on the committee that will search for Coyle's replacement.
Hugh Freeze has some major holes to fill on offense with the departures of Laremy Tunsil and Laquon Treadwell, but there is Chady Kelly and good depth.
After transferring in from Montana State, Dakota Prukop has a checklist he's working from as he prepares to compete for the Oregon job.
The destination for Week 6 of the Big 12 Ultimate Road Trip is unanimous, as all three conference reporters would head to the Red River Rivalry.
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