NCAA Game Summary - FIU at Florida Atlantic
(Friday, November 29)
Final Score: Florida Atlantic 21, FIU 6
Boca Raton, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Jaquez Johnson threw for 218 yards and three touchdowns to lead to Florida Atlantic Owls to a 21-6 victory over the FIU Panthers in Conference USA action at FAU Stadium.
Johnson completed 10-of-19 passes with an interception while also rushing for 64 yards for FAU (6-6, 4-4 C-USA), which won its final four games of the regular season to become bowl eligible for the first time since 2008.
Damian Fortner gained 100 yards on 19 carries for the home team, while Daniel McKinney caught four passes for 75 yards.
For FIU (1-11, 1-7), Jake Metlock was just 7-of-21 passing for 56 yards and was sacked seven times before being pulled for E.J. Hilliard (4-of-6, 33 yards). Jonnu Smith had five receptions for 44 yards. The Panthers, who end their season riding a seven-game losing streak, gained just 170 total yards on the afternoon.
FAU got the scoring started at the 9:28 mark of the first quarter when Johnson hooked up with Nexon Dorvilus on an 11-yard touchdown. FIU struck back on the ensuing kickoff with a 50-yard return by T.J. Lowder, but it had to settle for a 35-yard field goal by Austin Taylor to make it 7-3.
The Owls extended their lead late in the first quarter when Johnson hooked up with William Dukes on a 59-yard touchdown strike, and after a scoreless second quarter, FAU went into halftime with a 14-3 lead.
After a Panthers' punt pinned FAU on its own 2-yard line, it orchestrated a 10-play, 98-yard yard drive, ending in a 23-yard touchdown pass from Johnson to Alex Deleon to further extend its lead.
FIU chipped away at its deficit early in the fourth with a 43-yard field goal by Taylor, but that would be the final score of the game. FAU was able to run out the final 5:06 of the game without giving the ball back.
Martin Wright shined for the FAU defense with 4.5 sacks, while Cory Henry (2.5 sacks) was also disruptive in the backfield.
11/29 20:10:20 ET