Scores

Final

Middle Tennessee 21

(2-4, 1-3 C-USA)

FIU 31

(3-3, 2-0 C-USA)

7:00 PM ET, October 11, 2008

FIU Stadium, Miami, FL

1 2 3 4 T
MTU 3 0 10 821
FIU 0 10 14 731

Top Performers

Passing: P. McCall (FIU) - 223 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: P. Tanner (MTU) - 18 CAR, 79 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: T. Hilton (FIU) - 3 REC, 82 YDS, 1 TD

Fla. International 31, Middle Tennessee 21

Associated Press

MIAMI -- Paul McCall threw for one touchdown and ran for another to lead Florida International to a 31-21 win against Middle Tennessee on Saturday night.

McCall completed 13 of 29 passes for 223 yards with one touchdown and one interception, running for another score and 53 yards on nine carries for the Golden Panthers (3-3, 2-0 Sun Belt Conference).

Phillip Tanner rushed 18 times for 86 yards and two touchdowns for the Blue Raiders (2-4, 1-3).

Florida International reached the .500 mark for the first time since 2002, and tied a school record with its third consecutive win.

McCall's 9-yard touchdown run gave Florida International a 7-3 lead with 4:12 before the half, and Dustin Rivest's 20-yard field goal extended the lead to 10-3 at halftime.

Anthony Gaitor opened the second half with a 27-yard interception return for the Golden Panthers, and A'mod Ned's 1-yard touchdown run gave Florida International a 24-6 lead at the 3:29 mark in the third quarter. Tanner's 3-yard touchdown run cut Middle Tennessee's deficit to 11 points at the end of the third.

But McCall hit T.Y. Hilton on a 63-yard touchdown pass to make it 31-13, and Tanner's 3-yard run with 4:41 left wouldn't be enough for the Blue Raiders.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MTU
FIU
1st Downs1517
Total Yards243335
Passing72223
Rushing171112
Penalties4-319-68
3rd Down Conversions5-148-18
4th Down Conversions0-20-1
Turnovers33
Possession28:0131:59

Passing Leaders

Middle TennesseeC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Dasher7/15473.101
Florida InternationalC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
McCall13/292237.711

Rushing Leaders

Middle TennesseeCARYDSAVGTDLG
Tanner18794.4216
Dasher13786.0014
Florida InternationalCARYDSAVGTDLG
McCall9535.9112
Reams17472.8018

Receiving Leaders

Middle TennesseeRECYDSAVGTDLG
Caldwell12828.0028
Honeycutt5204.008
Florida InternationalRECYDSAVGTDLG
Hilton38227.3163
Mertile44110.3018

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMTUFIU
FG11:13Alan Gendreau 36 Yd 30
SECOND QUARTERMTUFIU
TD04:12Paul Mccall 9 Yd Run (Dustin Rivest Kick) 37
FG00:10Dustin Rivest 20 Yd 310
THIRD QUARTERMTUFIU
TD14:10Anthony Gaitor 27 Yd Interception Return (Dustin Rivest Kick) 317
FG08:19Alan Gendreau 37 Yd 617
TD03:29A'Mod Ned 1 Yd Run (Dustin Rivest Kick) 624
TD00:49Phillip Tanner 3 Yd Run (Alan Gendreau Kick) 1324
FOURTH QUARTERMTUFIU
TD10:02T.Y. Hilton 63 Yd Pass From Paul Mccall (Dustin Rivest Kick) 1331
TD04:41Phillip Tanner 3 Yd Run (Dwight Dasher Run For Two-Point Conversion) 2131