Scores

Final/OT

FIU 50

(4-7, 3-4 C-USA)

Florida Atl 57

(6-6, 4-2 C-USA)

4:00 PM ET, November 29, 2008

Sun Life Stadium, Miami, FL

1 2 3 4 OT T
FIU 7 9 6 28 050
FAU 14 0 8 28 757

Top Performers

Passing: R. Smith (FAU) - 389 YDS, 5 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: D. Perry (FIU) - 16 CAR, 115 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: C. Gent (FAU) - 7 REC, 108 YDS, 3 TD

Florida Atlantic 57, Fla. International 50, OT

Associated Press

MIAMI -- Rusty Smith threw five touchdown passes, including the game-winner in overtime, to lead Florida Atlantic to a 57-50 victory over Florida International on Saturday.

After the teams scored a combined 56 points in the fourth quarter, Florida International (4-7, 3-4 Sun Belt) won the coin toss in overtime but elected to play defense first. Florida Atlantic (6-6, 4-3) scored on Smith's 9-yard pass to Cortez Gent on its first possession.

The Golden Panthers followed that by throwing three incomplete passes during their possession, and a sack of Paul McCall by the Owls' Daniel Joseph on fourth down sealed the win for Florida Atlantic.

Smith finished 25-for-50 for 389 yards with one interception for the Owls. Gent caught seven passes for 108 yards with three touchdowns, and Jamari Grant had seven receptions for 80 yards and two touchdowns.

McCall was 27-for-47 for a school-record 400 yards with four touchdowns and one interception for Florida International.

T.Y. Hilton had 99 yards on four receptions, scoring three touchdowns for the Golden Panthers -- two of them through the air. Greg Ellingson had 138 yards and a score on seven receptions, and Darriet Perry carried the ball 16 times for a game-high 115 yards and two scores.

Trailing 36-22 in the fourth, Florida Atlantic scored two touchdowns in a span of 56 seconds.

The first came on a fourth-and-10 from the Florida International 20-yard line when Smith threw a pass that was tipped by several players and then caught in the back of the end zone by Gent with 6:49 to go.

On Florida International's ensuing possession, Corey Small intercepted McCall and returned it 25 yards to tie the score at 36 with 5:53 left.

The Golden Panthers answered on McCall's fourth touchdown pass, a 29-yard toss to Ellingson that made it 43-36 with 3:49 left. Following an interception by Florida International, Perry's second touchdown of the game made the score 50-36 at 3:09.

Florida Atlantic scored its next two touchdowns in less than three minutes to send the game into overtime.

Smith threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Gent with 2:08 left. After a successful onside kick, Smith's 11-yard touchdown pass to Grant tied it at 50 with 18 seconds left.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
FIU
FAU
1st Downs2528
Total Yards513524
Passing400389
Rushing113135
Penalties7-5110-105
3rd Down Conversions9-188-18
4th Down Conversions0-11-1
Turnovers22
Possession30:2029:40

Passing Leaders

Florida InternationalC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
McCall27/474008.541
Florida AtlanticC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Smith25/503897.851

Rushing Leaders

Florida InternationalCARYDSAVGTDLG
Perry161157.2218
Reams11262.405
Florida AtlanticCARYDSAVGTDLG
Pierre14634.5112
Edgecomb13604.6110

Receiving Leaders

Florida InternationalRECYDSAVGTDLG
Ellingson713819.7133
Hilton49924.8260
Florida AtlanticRECYDSAVGTDLG
Bonner613923.2050
Gent710815.4329

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERFIUFAU
TD12:02Charles Pierre 2 Yd Run. (Warley Leroy Kick) 07
TD10:28T.Y. Hilton 60 Yd Pass From Paul McCall. (Dustin Rivest Kick) 77
TD02:41Jamari Grant 2 Yd Pass From Rusty Smith. (Warley Leroy Kick) 714
SECOND QUARTERFIUFAU
TD14:26T.Y. Hilton 6 Yd Run. (Pat Failed) 1314
FG00:07Dustin Rivest 22 Yd 1614
THIRD QUARTERFIUFAU
TD08:57Darriet Perry 4 Yd Run. (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 2214
TD00:34DiIvory Edgecomb 10 Yd Run. (Rusty Smith Pass To Rob Housler For Two-Point Conversion) 2222
FOURTH QUARTERFIUFAU
TD14:17T.Y. Hilton 34 Yd Pass From Paul McCall. (Dustin Rivest Kick) 2922
TD09:16Jason Frierson 28 Yd Pass From Paul McCall. (Dustin Rivest Kick) 3622
TD06:49Cortez Gent 20 Yd Pass From Rusty Smith. (Warley Leroy Kick) 3629
TD05:53Corey Small 25 Yd Interception Return. (Warley Leroy Kick) 3636
TD03:49Greg Ellingson 29 Yd Pass From Paul McCall. (Dustin Rivest Kick) 4336
TD03:09Darriet Perry 18 Yd Run. (Dustin Rivest Kick) 5036
TD02:08Cortez Gent 8 Yd Pass From Rusty Smith. (Warley Leroy Kick) 5043
TD00:18Jamari Grant 11 Yd Pass From Rusty Smith. (Warley Leroy Kick) 5050
OVERTIMEFIUFAU
TDCortez Gent 9 Yd Pass From Rusty Smith. (Warley Leroy Kick) 5057