Tymell Murphy shot 75 percent from the field and scored a game-high 23 points to lead Florida International in a 61-60 victory over Georgia State on Saturday.
Rakeem Buckles scored 20 points and hauled in a game-high 11 rebounds and Florida International held off a late Kennesaw State rally to win 66-58 Sunday.
Freshman Silas Spearman III rushed for 136 yards and two touchdowns and Austin Taylor kicked a 27-yard field goal with 6 minutes, 53 seconds, left in the game that gave the Golden Panthers a 24-23 victory over the Golden Eagles.
Antonio Andrews rushed for a 3-yard score with 2:24 remaining, and the Western Kentucky defense forced its fourth turnover of the contest on the final play in a 14-6 win over FIU Saturday night.
Will Scott’s 42-yard field goal with 11 seconds left gave Troy a 38-37 comeback win over Florida International on Saturday.
Reggie Whatley scored on a 7-yard TD rush with 36 seconds to go as Middle Tennessee rallied to defeat FIU 34-30 on Saturday night.
Last season, Florida International marched into Louisville and pulled out an impressive upset victory over a BCS conference team. This year, FIU is struggling on both sides of the ball and Louisville is coming to Miami looking for revenge.
A few years ago, a game between Florida International and Duke would have been a battle of teams most major schools schedule for an easy victory. But thanks to head coach Mario Cristobal’s influence, FIU is on the rise and David Cutcliffe’s Blue Devils aren’t exactly pushovers.
Alex Gavrilovic and Josh Parker scored 14 points apiece for Dayton, and the Flyers used a big second half in a 61-40 win over Florida International Saturday night for their third straight win.
Florida International will play in the Beef O’Brady’s Bowl at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. The Golden Panthers, from the Sun Belt Conference, accepted the bid Saturday and will face a Conference USA opponent on December 20th.