By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
One year ago, the FIU Panthers were not prepared in their Bowl game with a backup quarterback. One year later, the Panthers were in the same position.
However, this time around, the Panthers were prepared. The Panthers won 35-32 over the Toledo Rockets on the Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl in the Nassau, Bahamas.
The Panthers improved to 9-4 on the season. FIU also won its second Bowl game. They also defeated the Rockets in their first Bowl win in 2010.
In addition, the team has now set a school record with its nine wins.
The Panthers are now 2-2 in Bowl games. They are now 3-1 against the Rockets in the all-time series.
The Rockets fell to 7-6 on the season. They finished the season with a 2-4 road record.
They are now 10-7 in Bowl games. Toledo has now lost three straight Bowl games.
The Rockets last won a Bowl game in a 32-17 win over the Temple Owls in the Boca Raton Bowl on December 22nd, 2015.
Christian Alexander — who was making his first career start — went 17 of 26 for 209 yards. He also had a touchdown.
Anthony Jones — who missed seven games this season after being shot in a drive-by shooting — had 15 carries for 92 yards and three touchdowns. Alexander had 11 carries for 83 yards. D’Vonte Price had six carries for 39 yards. Maurice Alexander had three carries for 12 yards and a touchdown.
Rockets quarterback Eli Peters went 22 of 38 for 264 yards. He also had three touchdowns.
Peters had five carries for 43 yards. Bryant Koback had 14 carries for 42 yards and a touchdown. Shakil Seymour had eight carries for 39 yards.
Diontae Johnson had six receptions for 98 yards and a touchdown. Cody Thompson had five receptions for 55 yards. Jon’Vea Johnson had three receptions for 49 yards and two touchdowns.
FIU scored 21 points in the second half. Jones had a 30-yard rushing touchdown. Alexander also scoring on a 16-yard rushing touchdown.
Jones also scored on an 18-yard rushing touchdown.
Toledo had 22 points in the second half. Peters hit J. Johnson for a seven-yard touchdown reception. Peters also hit D. Johnson for a two-yard touchdown reception. Following this touchdown, Peters hit Thompson to convert a two-point conversion.
Peters also hit J. Johnson for a 43-yard touchdown reception.
The Panthers led 14-10 at halftime. Jones scored on a six-yard rushing touchdown. Alexander hit Palmer for a 36-yard touchdown reception.
Rockets’ Koback scored on three-yard rushing touchdown. Jameson Vest also made a 28-yard field goal.
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