Robert Mayer-US PRESSWIRE
The Golden Panthers almost had another win but couldn't come up with enough offense to put themselves over the top.
FIU kept it close all the way till late in the fourth quarter before the Hilltoppers were able to score a clinching final touchdown, putting the game out of reach for the Golden Panthers.
FIU outgained the Hilltoppers, 342 to 289, including a 256 to 128 advantage in the passing game. FIU quarterback Jake Medlock (187 yards, one interception) and wide receiver Wayne Times (69 yards), combined for FIU's passing total and wide receiver Willis Wright caught five passes for 128 yards.
Where the Hilltoppers won the game was on the ground, as running back Antonio Andrews accumulated 158 yards on 27 carries and a touchdown. Andrews' performance was big in the Hilltoppers' ability to control the game's time of possession. The Hilltoppers had the ball over nine minutes longer than the Golden Panthers.
The win improves the Hilltoppers to 6-2 overall, 3-1 in the Sun Belt and drops FIU to 1-8, 0-5 in the Sun Belt.