Lane Kiffin repeatedly has said he loves living in Boca Raton during his first season coaching Florida Atlantic.

On Tuesday, that looked even more evident when Kiffin agreed to a six-year contract extension at FAU that runs through 2027, the Associated Press reported, citing a person familiar with the negotiations.

The length is the only new element already agreed upon. The Bloomington Jefferson product has four years left on his current contract.

"It was a neat day," Kiffin said. "It's the university saying, "We're excited about what's going on, we believe in what you're doing, we don't mind that you make jokes on Twitter like other people do.' It was neat to see."

Kiffin, 42, had four seasons remaining on his existing deal, one that pays him $950,000 annually with a buyout that started at $2.5 million and decreases each year.

Florida Atlantic finished 11-3 after beating Akron 50-3 in Tuesday night's Boca Raton Bowl, played at the Owls' stadium. It was the Owls' first bowl appearance since 2008.

FAU won nine games in the previous three seasons combined, and Kiffin, the former coach at Tennessee and Southern California as well as the Oakland Raiders, led the Owls to a Conference USA championship.

• Devin Singletary ran for 124 yards and three touchdowns Tuesday, finishing with 32 touchdowns this season for the Owls (11-3). Jeff Driskel threw for 270 yards and two touchdowns vs. the Zips (7-7), plus ran for two more scores for FAU, which scored three TDs on fourth down, unsuccessfully tried an onside kick in the first quarter, went for a two-point conversion in the third quarter and tried a halfback pass in the fourth quarter leading by 47.

Around the Big Ten

• Maryland standout receiver DJ Moore will skip his senior season to enter the NFL draft. The first-team All-Big Ten selected had a Terrapins-record 80 catches for 1,033 yards and eight touchdowns this season.

• Michigan confirmed quarterback Shea Patterson is joining as a transfer from Mississippi. In seven games in 2017, he passed for 2,259 yards and 17 touchdowns, with nine interceptions. He is recovering from a right knee injury that cost him the final month.

• Northwestern quarterback Clayton Thorson plans to return for his senior season. He is the Wildcats' career leader with 26 victories as a starter and ranks second in passing yards, completions and total offense.


• Targeting penalties in FBS increased for the fourth season in a row, and an analysis by the Associated Press found that the Pac-12 and SEC had the most players flagged this season. The NCAA reported an all-time high of 188 enforced targeting calls in 832 regular-season games. That's 30 percent more than last year, when there were 144 in 839 games.

• Alabama freshman linebacker Dylan Moses is out indefinitely after suffering a foot injury Monday, coach Nick Saban said. The Crimson Tide is already without two starters on defense for the Sugar Bowl playoff semifinal against Clemson on Jan. 1.

• Kent State will hire Syracuse co-offensive coordinator Sean Lewis as its new coach, the AP reported. Lewis played quarterback and tight end for Wisconsin from 2004 to '07.