MIDTENNST 14 7 7 0 28
FLAINTL 3 14 21 0 38
Date of game: 11/15/2014

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

Illinois State rallies into FCS title game

If ever there was doubt about the Missouri Valley Football Conference being the top conference in the FCS, Illinois State provided a reminder on Saturday.

Giants acquire McGehee from Marlins

The San Francisco Giants have acquired infielder Casey McGehee from the Miami Marlins in exchange for minor league pitchers Kendry Flores and Luis Castillo.

Anthony to play in Knicks-Suns tilt

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony will play in Saturday's game against the Phoenix Suns after sitting out the team's previous outing due to soreness in his left knee.

Vancouver's Hansen collapses on bench

Vancouver Canucks forward Jannik Hansen collapsed on the bench during the second period of Saturday's game against the Calgary Flames and had to be helped to the locker room.

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