FAU Football vs FIU, Miami, Florida - 29 Nov 2008, Dolphin Stadium, 4 pm: 57 to 50 FAU Overtime WIN.
MIAMI (AP) - FAU Wins 57-50 OT Thriller - Rusty Smith threw five touchdown passes, including the game-winner in overtime, to lead Florida Atlantic to a 57-50 victory over Florida International on Saturday. After the teams scored a combined 56 points in the fourth quarter, Florida International (4-7, 3-4 Sun Belt) won the coin toss in overtime but elected to play defense first. Florida Atlantic (6-6, 4-3) scored on Smith's 9-yard pass to Cortez Gent on its first possession. The Golden Panthers followed that by throwing three incomplete passes during their possession, and a sack of Paul McCall by the Owls' Daniel Joseph on fourth down sealed the win for Florida Atlantic. Smith finished 25-for-50 for 389 yards with one interception for the Owls. Gent caught seven passes for 108 yards with three touchdowns, and Jamari Grant had seven receptions for 80 yards and two touchdowns. McCall was 27-for-47 for a school-record 400 yards with four touchdowns and one interception for Florida International. T.Y. Hilton had 99 yards on four receptions, scoring three touchdowns for the Golden Panthers - two of them through the air. Greg Ellingson had 138 yards and a score on seven receptions, and Darriet Perry carried the ball 16 times for a game-high 115 yards and two scores. Trailing 36-22 in the fourth, Florida Atlantic scored two touchdowns in a span of 56 seconds. The first came on a fourth-and-10 from the Florida International 20-yard line when Smith threw a pass that was tipped by several players and then caught in the back of the end zone by Gent with 6:49 to go. The Golden Panthers answered on McCall's fourth touchdown pass, a 29-yard toss to Ellingson that made it 43-36 with 3:49 left. Following an interception by Florida International, Perry's second touchdown of the game made the score 50-36 at 3:09. Florida Atlantic scored its next two touchdowns in less than three minutes to send the game into overtime. Smith threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Gent with 2:08 left. After a successful onside kick, Smith's 11-yard touchdown pass to Grant tied it at 50 with 18 seconds left. (Pre-Game talk): The Owls take on the Golden Panthers Saturday, November 29 at 4 p.m. at Dolphin Stadium. The meeting marks the seventh time that the teams have meet, with FAU holding a 5-1 lead in the series. The first 500 entrants will receive a free t-shirt. FAU (5-6, 3-3 Sun Belt) will become bowl eligible with a win over FIU. Importance of this Game... "We have a rivalry. It is good that it's a game against two equal football teams with both having a lot riding on the game."Read More