|Date of game: 9/27/2014
Recap: UAB vs. FIU
Birmingham, AL (SportsNetwork.com) - Freshman Alex McGough completed just nine passes, but had 204 yards with two touchdowns to help lead his FIU Golden panthers to a 34-20 road victory over the UAB Blazers in a Conference USA clash at Legion Field.
McGough connected on 9-of-24 passing, and carried the ball six times for 13 yards for FIU (2-3, 1-0 C-USA). Glenn Coleman caught a team-best four passes for 106 yards and a touchdown, while tight end Jonnu Smith hauled in a singular reception for 75 yards that resulted in a score.
Cody Clements and Jeremiah Briscoe combined to complete 18-of-34 pass attempts for 196 yards, adding one touchdown and four interceptions between the two of them. Jordan Howard carried a team-high 21 times for UAB (2-2, 0-1), rushing for 102 yards in the loss.
It didn't even take the Blazers two minutes to find the end zone, as the team's offense drove down the field in four plays, allowing D.J. Vinson to take a two-yard handoff on the fifth play in for the score. With 13:36 left on the clock in the first period, UAB held the 7-0 advantage.
FIU finally got on the board when Briscoe was intercepted by Richard Leonard, who returned the pick 25 yards to the end zone. The Panthers knotted the score with 8:44 to play in the half.
Hungry for redemption, Clements led an eight-play drive for UAB that culminated in a 29-yard scoring completion to Gerald Everett. The Blazers took the 13-7 lead with 5:38 to play in the half following Ty Long's blocked extra point.
A little over two minutes later, McGough found Smith for a 75-yard scoring strike to give FIU the 14-13 lead. The Panthers struck with 3:37 to play in the half.
The Panthers went ahead even more when McGough connected with Coleman on an 85-yard touchdown pass play. FIU held the 21-13 lead with 9:30 left to play in the third.
With eight minutes left to play in the third, Austin Taylor hit a 35-yard field goal, giving the Panthers a 24-13 advantage.
Taylor struck again just 43 seconds into the fourth quarter with a 25-yard field goal to give FIU the 27-13 lead.
Not even a minute later, Briscoe had his second pass intercepted, this one by Demarkus Perkins, who returned it 31 yards for a touchdown. The Golden Panthers took a 34-13 lead on the second intercepted pass for a touchdown in the contest.
UAB struck one last time with 1:21 to play, as Clements kept the ball and carried it 15 yards in for the score to cut the FIU lead to 34-20, but it was too late.
FIU did some serious damage on the defensive end, which was good for the Panthers, considering they had just nine first downs in the game compared to UAB's 21. UAB had the edge in total offensive yards, 380-297, and had half the number of penalties as FIU (10-5). It was the four interceptions that buried the Blazers at home.Game Notes