NEW ORLEANS (AP) _ Howard Schnellenberger is still undefeated in
bowl games and so is the fledgling Florida Atlantic college
football program he built from nothing.
Rusty Smith threw for 336 yards and a New Orleans Bowl record
five touchdowns to lead Florida Atlantic to a 44-27 win over
It was the first bowl game for FAU, which has had a football
team for only seven seasons and didn't join the NCAA's Bowl
Subdivision until 2005.
It certainly wasn't the highest-profile bowl victory for
73-year-old Schnellenberger, who led Miami to the 1983 national
championship with an Orange Bowl triumph over Nebraska. He is now
5-and-0 in bowl games over his 23 seasons as a head coach. He won
the 1980 Peach Bowl with Miami and two bowl games with Louisville,
the 1990 Fiesta Bowl and the 1993 Liberty Bowl.
FAU players drenched their coach with a bucket of ice water in
celebration. Then they carried him on their shoulders as the game
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