Florida Atlantic quarterback completed 65 percent of his passes in loss to Buckeyes

BOCA RATON — Florida Atlantic quarterback Chris Robison believes he still has “a lot of work to do” after his mixed performance against the Ohio State Buckeyes last weekend.


“I saw some glimpses of good things here and there, but overall, I need to continue to get better throughout the season,” Robison said Tuesday.


Robison completed 65 percent of his passes for 178 yards in last Saturday's 45-21 loss to Ohio State. He threw a touchdown to tight end John Raine in the fourth quarter.


FAU outgained Ohio State 242-189 in the second half and outscored the Buckeyes 21-17 over the game's final 45 minutes.


Robison was 10-of-14 for 104 yards and the touchdown in the second half. Junior college transfer Justin Agner relieved Robison midway through the fourth quarter.


“We could pass the ball, we started to run the ball really well and everything was going our way the second half,” Robison said.


This is a play I want to see #FAU use more this year at the goal line. Watch John Raine here. Makes a good move to get free and he’s got great hands to haul it in. Second career TD for @jraine305 pic.twitter.com/ttjfDI1W4m

— Jake Elman (@JakeElman97) August 31, 2019

Robison’s evaluation of his performance what his head coach, Lane Kiffin, said on a conference call Sunday.


“I think mentally he could have done some things better, but I thought physically, especially for that environment and against those players, he threw the ball well,“ Kiffin said.


Robison said he was disappointed by the Owls' slow start, though he attributed that to nerves. FAU trailed 28-0 in the first quarter and had -14 yards of total offense at halftime.


The redshirt sophomore acknowledged he feels "way more confident" in this year's team, especially after their second half rally.


"This is a team sport and all 11 guys on the team or on the field have to play together," Robison said, "and I feel a lot more of that this year than I did last year."


Robison and the Owls have another early chance to show their unity against one of the country's top teams. Saturday's home opener against No. 18 Central Florida is the first time Robison has started against a team twice.


Robison threw three interceptions in last year's 56-36 loss to the Knights in Orlando. He said that game, and knowing he has another chance against UCF, is a crucial part of his prep this week.


“I kind of know a little bit of how they play, so playing last year against them is definitely gonna help me be able to play them this year,” Robison said.


Road trip: The aftermath of Hurricane Dorian forced FAU to practice at the Dolphins' indoor practice facility in Davie on Tuesday. FAU had not decided as of Tuesday night if Wednesday's practice would be held in Boca Raton or Davie.


FAU campuses will re-open Thursday. All “essential personnel” return Wednesday, the university said Tuesday.


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