(Saturday, November 6th)
Final Score: FIU 42, ULM 35 (2OT)
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - A 17-yard touchdown run by Darriet Perry in the second overtime proved to be the difference as the FIU Panthers captured a thrilling 42-35 win over the ULM Warhawks in a Sun Belt Conference showdown at FIU Stadium.
Perry carried the ball 20 times for the Panthers (3-5, 3-2 SBC) as they won for the third time in the last four outings. Wes Carroll converted 17-of-27 passes for 227 yards and three touchdowns, shaking off three sacks and a couple of interceptions in the victory. T.Y. Hilton caught four passes for 96 yards and two TDs.
The Warhawks (4-5, 3-2), losers of two of their last three, were paced by Kolton Browning who completed 27-of-38 passes for 339 yards and three TDs, but he too was under pressure and was taken down for four sacks on the night. Tavarese Maye caught seven balls for a game-high 146 yards.
FIU took the opening kickoff 57 yards on just four plays, capped by an 18-yard TD pass from Carroll to Greg Ellington.
Less than four minutes later the Warhawks responded on their first possession as Frank Goodwin hit the end zone on a three-yard run to knot the score at 7-7.
The ensuing kickoff was gathered in by Hilton who raced 95 yards to the end zone to return the Panthers to a seven-point lead.
A 42-yard field goal by ULM's Radi Jabour was the result of a lengthy 14-play, 48-yard drive that ate up more than six minutes on the clock, leaving the visitors with a 14-10 deficit entering the second quarter.
The only points of the second frame were credited to FIU and Hilton as he turned a 20-yard pass from Carroll into his second TD of the night, giving the Panthers a 21-10 edge at the break.
The Warhawks closed the gap in the third as Browning combined with Maye on a 26-yard TD pass play and Jabour knocked through a 37-yard field goal, making the score 21-20 heading into the fourth.
Hilton's 67-yard Td reception at the 11:36 mark of the period extended FIU's lead to eight points, but less than a minute later Browning found Brent Leonard with a 17-yard TD pass play and, thanks to a two-yard conversion between Browning and Leonard, ULM had finally knotted the score at 28-28, which is where the score stood at the end of regulation.
ULM had the first possession of overtime and the Warhawks used it to register a three-yard touchdown reception by Anthony McCall.
Hilton needed just one play to tie the game for the Panthers, racing 25 yards into the end zone to again tie the score, this time at 35-35 and setting the stage for Darriet's game winner in the second overtime session.
11/07 01:32:49 ET