No Kiffin, no problem: FAU rolls past SMU 52-28 in Boca Bowl

Former Florida State coach Willie Taggart introduced as Florida Atlantic University's, new football head coach during press conference Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019, in Boca Raton, Fla. (Carline Jean/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP) (South Florida Sun Sentinel 2019)

BOCA RATON, FL – Lane Kiffin was watching his now-former Florida Atlantic team play from elsewhere. A bunch of key FAU starters, including the school's only first-team All-American, were missing. The coaching staff the Owls had Saturday faces a very uncertain future starting Sunday.

Adversity was everywhere.

The Owls were unfazed.

Chris Robison passed for 305 yards and two touchdowns and FAU scored two touchdowns in a 24-second span late in the first half to take control on the way to beating SMU 52-28 in the Boca Raton Bowl on Saturday night.

“This is just one of those feel-good things that the game of football brings out every now and then," FAU defensive coordinator and interim coach Glenn Spencer said. “It's all about relationships. I was telling those guys in there, no matter what happens tomorrow they've got a friend for life. It's just an emotional night."

Spencer held a game ball — a gift from the players — for the entirety of his postgame news conference. Spencer was on Kiffin's staff, and now that Kiffin has taken over at Ole Miss after three seasons with FAU he's among the coaches who probably aren't too sure about where they'll be next season.

Spencer took minimal credit for the win.

“I got them to the practice field on time," he said.