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FAU Football: Owls fall to the Fighting Illini, extend losing streak to three

The FAU defense lining up against the Illinois offense. September 23, 2023.

The Florida Atlantic Owls (1-3) lost to the University of Illinois Fighting Illini (2-2) in Champaign, Ill., 23-17 on Saturday evening. This was the Owls’ final non-conference game of the season before heading into a bye week.

“I think there’s a lot of guys in there that understand that this was a very winnable game that we let ourselves beat ourselves but a lot less this week than in previous weeks,” stated Herman in a post-game press conference. “So, I think [the] guys can feel and see that improvement and I know we are going to be better for having played these past two games when we do hit conference because of the speed and physicality of what we’ve just gone through in the last two weeks.