(Saturday, September 27th)
Final Score: Florida International 35, Toledo 16
Toledo,OH (Sports Network) - Julian Reams ran for three touchdowns to lead the Golden Panthers to their first win of season, as Florida International defeated the Toledo Rockets, 35-16, in a non-conference clash at the Glass Bowl.
Reams carried the ball 19 times for 75 yards and A'mod Ned added 51 yards and a score on 15 attempts for the Golden Panthers (1-3). Paul McCall got the nod at quarterback and threw for 98 yards and a touchdown on 6-of-13 tosses.
Nick Moore guided the Rockets (1-3) with 65 yards on nine catches. He also threw a touchdown. Morgan Williams rushed the ball 25 times for 98 yards, while Aaron Opelt passed for 177 yards and an interception on 26-of-45 tosses.
The Rockets started off strong, scoring 13 points in the game's first 15 minutes. A 31-yard touchdown pass from Moore to Stephen Williams got things started and was followed by two Alex Steigerwald field goals from 41 and 47 yards, respectively.
FIU answered Toledo's first quarter performance with two touchdowns of its own. McCall connected with T.Y. Hilton for a 37-yard touchdown pass to get the Golden Panthers on the board early in the second quarter. At the halfway point of the second quarter, Reams scored on a one-yard run to give the Golden Panthers a 14-13 lead.
With just over a minute to play in the first half, Steigerwald connected on a 41-yard kick to give the Rockets a 16-14 lead at halftime.
FIU wasted little time getting on the board in the third quarter, as Reams scampered 27 yards for a touchdown just 22 seconds into the period.
Following a turnover, Reams plunged one yard for a score, giving the Golden Panthers a 28-16 advantage.
Toledo fumbled the ensuing kickoff, giving the ball right back to the Golden Panthers. Facing a fourth-and-two from the Toledo six-yard line, FIU passed up an easy field goal attempt and decided to go for it. That decision paid off, as Ned scored on the very next play to extend the Golden Panthers' lead to 35-16. Neither offense would be heard from again.
The Rockets outgained the Golden Panthers, 302-239, but four turnovers were too much for Toledo to overcome.
With his three field goals on the night, Steigerwald has now connected on 23 straight, which extended his own MAC record.
09/27 23:54:50 ET