Recap: FIU vs. Middle Tennessee
Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Alex McGough threw for 231 yards and three touchdowns as the FIU Panthers defeated the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders 38-28 in a Conference USA battle at FIU Stadium.
McGough connected on 17-of-24 passes for the Panthers (4-7, 3-4 C-USA), while Jonnu Smith added 140 yards and three touchdowns on eight receptions. Anthon Samuel contributed 120 yards and a touchdown rushing in the win.
As for the Blue Raiders (5-5, 4-2), Austin Grammer threw for 286 yards three touchdowns and three interceptions on 21-of-33 passing. Ed'Marques Batties tallied 110 yards and two scores on eight receptions.
The Blue Raiders took a 7-0 lead with 5:10 left to play in the first quarter when Grammer threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Batties.
Austin Taylor kicked a 43-yard field goal to cut the deficit to 7-3 for the Panthers.
Grammer extended the Blue Raiders' lead to 21-3 with a 28-yard touchdown pass to Shane Tucker and a 37-yard touchdown pass to Batties.
McGough would respond for the Panthers and cut the lead to 21-17 with two touchdown passes to Smith. The first was a 10 yard touchdown pass, and the second was for 40 yards as time expired in the first half.
With just under 10 minutes left in the third quarter, McGough completed a 19- yard pass to Napoleon Maxwell, who fumbled the ball, only to have it recovered by Smith, who took it 22 yards for a touchdown. With the score, the Panthers took their first lead of the game (24-21).
On the ensuing drive, Davison Colimon intercepted a Grammer pass and returned it 79 yards for a touchdown to push the Panthers' lead to 31-21.
The Blue Raiders would respond when Bryson rushed for a 10-yard touchdown with 6:17 left in the third quarter.
The Panthers responded just over four minutes later when Samuel rushed for a two-yard touchdown.Game Notes