After protecting the sport shut early, FIU succombs to high-powered UTSA offense in loss
FIU truly saved it shut – for some time.
The Panthers, who entered Friday evening as 33-point underdogs, performed visiting Texas-San Antonio to a draw within the first quarter earlier than falling, 30-10.
FIU (2-4 general, 0-2 Conference USA) has misplaced 21 of its previous 22 video games towards FBS groups.
The UTSA Roadrunners – the reigning Conference USA champions who’re enjoying their remaining season within the league – improved to 5-2, 3-0.
UTSA quarterback Frank Harris, who entered the weekend main FBS in complete offense per recreation (375.2), had one other huge efficiency. The lefty thrower accomplished 24-of-35 passes for 303 yards and two touchdowns in simply three quarters. He was not intercepted.
“UTSA is a good, physical football team,” FIU coach Mike MacIntyre stated. “We had a chance to make it a closer game, but we have to find a way to get in the end zone more.”
FIU quarterback Grayson James, making his fifth straight begin, accomplished 18-of-36 passes for 174 yards and one interception.
Playing with out injured extensive receiver Tyrese Chambers – who is taken into account FIU’s prime participant – the Panthers struggled to finish drives.
Two standouts for FIU had been operating again Lexington Joseph and extensive receiver Kris Mitchell. Joseph had six carries for 56 yards, together with a 35-yarder. Mitchell caught two passes for 70 yards, together with a 55-yarder.
FIU kicker Chase Gabriel went 1-for-2 on subject targets, each from 41 yards.
UTSA opened the scoring on with Jared Sackett’s 44-yard subject objective with 13:01 left within the second quarter.
Harris then threw two landing passes later within the second quarter to place UTSA up, 17-3 at halftime. Harris accomplished a five-yard fade cross to Zakhari Franklin within the nook of the tip zone for his first TD. Then, Harris beat strain and linked with tight finish Dan Dishman – who ran a crossing sample — on a 42-yard TD throw.
On FIU’s 51-yard march to its second-quarter subject objective, James transformed on a fourth-and-six cross to Mitchell, establishing Gabriel.
In the third quarter, UTSA obtained a pair of TD runs from Kevorian Barnes (9 and two yards), giving the Roadrunners a 30-3 lead.
FIU closed the scoring on third-string operating again Kejon Owens’ first profession landing – a 15-yard run.
THIS AND THAT
▪ FIU’s protection produced an enormous play within the first half when defensive again Jamal Potts pressured a fumble. The ball was recovered by defensive deal with Davon Strickland.
▪ Linebacker Gaethan Bernadel led FIU’s protection with a career-high 15 tackles.
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