BOCA RATON, Fla. — BJ Emmons exited the game early and did not return in Florida Atlantic’s season- and Conference USA-opening win over Charlotte, 21-17, at home on Saturday night.
Emmons, a former Freedom High standout running back who arrived in Boca Raton after stints at Alabama and Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College, ran four times for 13 yards, exiting the game on the last of those attempts, a two-yard carry that earned a first down on FAU’s second drive.
The South Florida Sun Sentinel reported that FAU coach Willie Taggart said after the game that Emmons, as well fellow RB James Charles, both departed the contest because of stingers.
Emmons started for the Owls and got the carry on the first play of the game, gaining three yards, and two straight carries to open FAU’s second drive before leaving the game.
For FAU, Nick Tronti accounted for three touchdowns as coach Willie Taggart collected his first win at Florida Atlantic. 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. 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. Inside the final two minutes, the 49ers drove to the FAU 9 when time expired.
Tronti was 11 of 22 for 98 yards passing and added 94 yards rushing on 10 carries.
Chris Reynolds was 24-of-32 passing for 314 yards with a touchdown pass to lead Charlotte (0-2, 0-1). Harbison finished with 49 yards rushing on 17 carries.
Seating was limited to 20% capacity at 29,419-seat FAU Stadium. Social-distancing measures were in effect and masks were mandatory.
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