BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Florida Atlantic University's football season officially came to an end Sunday when the Owls, who finished the season 6-6 and bowl eligible for the first time since 2008, were not extended a bowl invitation.
"For our seniors, team, and University I am very disappointed that we were not selected for a bowl game," said Brian Wright, FAU's interim head coach. "I believe based on the finish to our season, we deserved to be one of the 70 teams selected for post-season play. It is now the standard and responsibility of this program, to leave no doubt to the bowl selection committees by winning enough football games throughout the entire season to guarantee our post-season opportunities."
The bowl eligibility goal was accomplished in part to a defense that is currently ranked as high as No. 11 nationally, led by D'Joun Smith, who ended the regular-season No. 2 nationally in interceptions.
Offensively, the Owls shattered the team's previous team rushing totals by more than 400 yards, led by sophomore quarterback Jaquez Johnson, who is ranked among the nation's top-10 quarterbacks for rushing yards
FAU's resurgence onto the national scene was led by Interim Head Coach Brian Wright, who took the helm of a team, that was 2-6 on the season and was dealt a coaching transition, the week it was preparing for Tulane, Conference USA's Eastern Division leader at game time.
"Thank you to the 2013 Florida Atlantic University football team for inspiring our university and community this season," said Pat Chun, FAU's director of athletics. "We will forever be indebted to our seniors for raising the standard of excellence within all aspects of our program. The 2014 and future teams will build off of the lessons learned from this season."