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Willie Taggart era at FAU begins with 21-17 win over Charlotte

Nick Tronti accounts for 3 TDs to rally Owls after trailing 10-0
Willie Taggart and FAU Owls prepare to take the field for the first time, Oct. 3, 2020
Posted at 9:27 PM, Oct 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-03 21:39:59-04

BOCA RATON, Fla. — Nick Tronti accounted for three touchdowns, coach Willie Taggart collected his first win at Florida Atlantic and the Owls started their season with a 21-17 win over Charlotte in a Conference USA opener.

Trailing 10-0, Tronti broke loose for a 49-yard touchdown run midway through the third quarter and then tossed a 25-yard touchdown pass to Logan Peterson.

FAU Owls tight end Logan Peterson after scoring TD vs. Charlotte 49ers, Oct. 3, 2020
Florida Atlantic tight end Logan Peterson celebrates after scoring a touchdown against Charlotte, Oct. 3, 2020, at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Fla. The Owls beat the 49ers 21-17.

The Owls (1-0, 1-0) forced a fumble on the next series, and Tronti connected with T.J. Chase on a 16-yard touchdown two plays later.

Tre Harbison III bulled in from the 1 for Charlotte to cap the scoring with 13 minutes left.