Scores

Final

FIU 34

(3-8, 2-5 C-USA)

Florida Atl 24

(3-8, 2-5 C-USA)

Coverage: ESPNU

8:00 PM ET, November 16, 2012

FAU Football Stadium, BOCA RATON, FL

1 2 3 4 T
FIU 7 7 13 734
FAU 0 10 7 724

Top Performers

Passing: G. Wilbert (FAU) - 403 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: K. Rhodes (FIU) - 18 CAR, 99 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: J. Stoshak (FAU) - 5 REC, 108 YDS, 1 TD

Richard Leonard's 100-yd. kickoff return TD fuels Florida International

Associated Press

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Richard Leonard returned a third-quarter kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown, swinging the momentum back to Florida International in its 34-24 Sun Belt Conference victory over Florida Atlantic on Friday night.

Leonard's touchdown gave the Golden Panthers (3-8, 2-5) a 20-17 lead after the Owls (3-8, 2-5) had gone ahead for the first time in the game.

FIU made it 27-17 just before the end of the quarter with a 73-yard drive that featured seven completions by Jake Medlock and ended with his 15-yard pass to Wayne Times.

Graham Wilbert, who completed 28 of 51 passes for 403 yards, found Jenson Stoshak for a 60-yard score to make it 27-24, but FIU restored its 10-point lead with a touchdown, and the defenses took over after that.

The Golden Panthers, who beat FAU 41-7 last year and move to Conference USA next season, retained the rivalry's Don Shula trophy.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
FIU
FAU
1st Downs2017
Total Yards431391
Passing264403
Rushing167-12
Penalties8-576-30
3rd Down Conversions6-134-15
4th Down Conversions0-01-2
Turnovers11
Possession31:4228:18

Passing Leaders

Florida InternationalC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Medlock17/282649.420
Florida AtlanticC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Wilbert28/514037.921

Rushing Leaders

Florida InternationalCARYDSAVGTDLG
Rhodes18995.5138
Medlock12363.0011
Florida AtlanticCARYDSAVGTDLG
Wallace10212.114
Fortner3-3-1.002

Receiving Leaders

Florida InternationalRECYDSAVGTDLG
Younger49423.5046
Wright25527.5138
Florida AtlanticRECYDSAVGTDLG
Dukes611619.3047
Stoshak510821.6160

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERFIUFAU
TD08:43Willis Wright 38 Yd Pass From Jake Medlock (Jack Griffin Kick) 70
SECOND QUARTERFIUFAU
TD09:56Nexon Dorvilus 17 Yd Pass From Graham Wilbert (Mitch Anderson Kick) 77
TD05:39Rupert Bryan Jr. 5 Yd Run (Jack Griffin Kick) 147
FG00:48Mitch Anderson 37 Yd 1410
THIRD QUARTERFIUFAU
TD06:43Jonathan Wallace 1 Yd Run (Mitch Anderson Kick) 1417
TD06:30Richard Leonard 100 Yd Kickoff Return (Pat Failed) 2017
TD00:39Wayne Times 15 Yd Pass From Jake Medlock (Jack Griffin Kick) 2717
FOURTH QUARTERFIUFAU
TD13:38Jenson Stoshak 60 Yd Pass From Graham Wilbert (Mitch Anderson Kick) 2724
TD10:45Kedrick Rhodes 1 Yd Run (Jack Griffin Kick) 3424