(Saturday, November 7th)
Final Score: Middle Tennessee 48, Florida International 21
Murfreesboro, TN (Sports Network) - Dwight Dasher threw two touchdowns and rushed for another three scores as he led the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders to a 48-21 victory over the Florida International Golden Panthers in Sun Belt Conference action at Floyd Stadium.
Dasher rushed for 178 yards for MTU (6-3, 4-1 SBC), and added another 182 yards through the air in the win. D.D. Kyles contributed 110 rushing yards on 22 totes.
As for the Golden Panthers (2-7, 2-4), they were paced by Kendall Berry, who rushed fro 103 yards and three touchdowns in the losing effort.
The Blue Raiders wasted little time getting on the scoreboard, as Dasher broke free for a 70-yard touchdown run, giving MTU an early 7-0 edge.
Less than two minutes later the Blue Raiders pushed their lead to 14-0 when Dasher hit Sancho McDonald with a 27-yard touchdown pass.
MTU continued its impressive first quarter when Alan Gendreau connected on a 33-yard field goal.
Dasher once again found the end zone on a long run, as the quarterback broke free for a 67-yard touchdown scamper early in the second frame.
MTU's relentless attack continued midway through the second quarter when Dasher connected with Patrick Honeycutt for a nine-yard touchdown.
The Golden Panthers finally got on the scoreboard in the final seconds of the first half, as Berry scored on a two-yard run.
FIU cut its deficit to 20 points earlier in the second half when Berry found the end zone again, this time on a five-yard run.
The Golden Panthers continued to claw their way back late in the third quarter, as Berry found the end zone again, this time scoring on a four-yard run.
MTU would not allow FIU to come any closer however, as the Blue Raiders scored the final 10 points of the contest.
Dasher added a one-yard touchdown run seconds into the fourth quarter and that was followed by a 42-yard touchdown run by Benjamin Cunningham with less than two minutes left in regulation.
11/07 21:00:04 ET