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Lane Kiffin, FAU strengthen stranglehold on Conference USA East

It might be time to hop on the Lane Train. And that’s a literal thing. Seriously.

Lane Kiffin and Florida Atlantic came into Friday night’s game with Marshall atop the Conference USA’s East division at 4-0, with MU tied with Florida International for second at 3-1. With much divisionally on the line in Boca Raton, the Owls came away with a 30-25 win that gave them a stranglehold on the East. For now.

It marked the Owls first-ever win over the Thundering Herd after four straight losses in a miniseries that began in 2013. It’s also the sixth win of the season, pushing FAU toward its first bowl appearance since 2008.

Not surprisingly, Devin Singletary played a significant role in the victory.  Entering the game ninth nationally and tops in the conference with 1,053 yards, the sophomore running back added another 203 yards (on just 28 carries) to that total.  Additionally, with one tonight, he increased his nation’s leading total for rushing touchdowns to 19 on the season.

Two of FAU’s remaining conference games come against Louisiana Tech (2-2 C-USA play) and Charlotte (1-3).  Sandwiched in between is a Nov. 18 date against FIU that could very well determine the East’s representative in the conference’s championship game.