Lane Kiffin agrees to 10-year deal to coach FAU Owls

He received a new 10-year deal with his school, and his Owls prepared to face Akron in the Boca Raton Bowl. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

The Zips are bowling for the second time in three years but just the third time in 32 FBS (or Division I-A) seasons.

Bowden also credits a late switch at quarterback, turning the job over to redshirt freshman Kato Nelson late in the season, for rejuvenating Akron's offense.

Tuesday was a big day for the Florida Atlantic coach. Gilbert is a first-team all-Mid-American Conference selection who has recorded more than 120 tackles each of the last two seasons.

"I don't think it's a surprise he won it if you look at the stats and how he played", Kiffin said.

In his first year with the Owls, Kiffin has guided the team to conference championship and 10 wins. They defeated North Texas earlier this month in the Conference USA title game.

FAU's losses were to Navy, Wisconsin and Buffalo.

Kiffin and FAU have agreed on a contract extension that will extend his stay at Florida Atlantic through the 2027 season, according ESPN. Given his job back when Kiffin decided to make a switch after a 1-2 start, Driskel has completed 65.6 percent of his passes for 1,977 yards and 13 touchdowns against only 4 interceptions. Allen (1,658 yards, 13 TD) has practiced for the bowl game and says he wants to play, but also says he still has shoulder pain.

Beyond the crowd support, there's another reason to pick against the Zips here: Any time they've faced an explosive offense this season - be it Penn State, Iowa State, Troy or Toledo - they've lost.

The Owls' nine-game win streak is the second longest in the country behind the 12-game streak put together by Central Florida.

The Chippewas will be making their fourth consecutive bowl appearance, the fifth in the last six years, and the ninth in the last 12. The Mountaineers averaged 223.3 yards per game, rushed for 27 touchdowns, and had eight different players with a rushing TD, although no individual rushed for more than 912 yards. FAU does have 20 interceptions, a total that leads the nation.