Lane Kiffin and his Florida Atlantic Owls clearly came to play in the Conference USA championship game Saturday with a couple tricks up their sleeves. Technically, it was two versions of the same trick, but it worked spectacularly.
Not five minutes into the first quarter, the Owls quickly tossed the ball to wide receiver Kalib Woods for a fake reverse, and Woods ended up plowing through North Texas' defense for a 49-yard run.
On the next play, they did nearly the exact same thing. But this time, they did the reverse for real and ended it with a 22-yard touchdown pass to John Franklin III to take an early 10-0 lead.
This was something clearly born out of Kiffin's creative offensive mind, and it worked perfectly. Florida Atlantic was forced to settle for a field goal on its first possession. But the second time the Owls got the ball, they only needed two plays to score the game's first touchdown.
Florida Atlantic ended the first half of the conference championship game with a 27-0 lead over the Mean Green.