With exactly 15 minutes left on the clock, on the very first play of the season for FAU against Oklahoma Saturday, the Owls earned a five-yard delay-of-game penalty.
It’s remarkably not the first time this has happened in college football this season.
Many on social media pointed out that the new rule about the 40-second clock ticking off immediately after the kickoff ends is to blame.
Delay of game after kickoff for FAU. That's result of new 40 sec play clock starting right after kickoff ends.
— John M. Bishop (@JohnBishop71) September 1, 2018
However, most of the folks who were watching simply couldn’t believe how unprepared Lane Kiffin’s Owls were to get the season kicked off.
How is FAU gonna get a delay of game on the first play…it’s the first play?
— NAQUEZ PRINGLE (@david_gauch24) September 1, 2018
Delay of game on the first play of the game.. c’mon Kif
— Derek (@D_Ryan6) September 1, 2018
Seriously how do you get a delay of game on the FIRST PLAY???
— Jeremy Russell (@jruss0602) September 1, 2018
FAU delay of game on first play of the season pic.twitter.com/Df4vHWF1OL
— Andrew Doughty (@Adoughty88) September 1, 2018
FAU with a delay of game on the first play of the game, Kiffin really is perfect for KU
— Brendan Dzwierzynski (@BrendanDzw) September 1, 2018