Florida International at Florida Atlantic

FIU 34, FAU 24

CBSSports.com wire reports

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 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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Scoring Summary
FIUWillis Wright 38 yd pass from Jake Medlock (Jack Griffin kick)
FAUNexon Dorvilus 17 yd pass from Graham Wilbert (Mitch Anderson kick)
FIURupert Bryan 5 yd run (Jack Griffin kick)
FAUMitch Anderson 37 yd FG
FAUJonathan Wallace 1 yd run (Mitch Anderson kick)
FIURichard Leonard 100 yd kick return (missed kick)
FIUWayne Times 15 yd pass from Jake Medlock (Jack Griffin kick)
FAUJenson Stoshak 60 yd pass from Graham Wilbert (Mitch Anderson kick)
FIUKedrick Rhodes 1 yd run (Jack Griffin kick)
Team Stats
First Downs2017
Third Down Efficiency6-134-15
Fourth Down Efficiency0-01-2
Plays-Net Yards67-43170-391
Passing Yds264403
Kick Return Yds19642
Punt Return Yds2418
Time of Poss.31:4228:18
Individual Stats
FIU: Kedrick Rhodes 18-99, Jake Medlock 12-36, Darian Mallary 7-32, Rupert Bryan 1-5, Team 1--5
FAU: Jonathan Wallace 10-21, Damian Fortner 3--3, Daniel McKinney 2--5, Graham Wilbert 4--25
FIU: Jake Medlock 17-28-264-0
FAU: Graham Wilbert 28-51-403-1
FIU: Wayne Times 5-53, Jacob Younger 4-94, Kedrick Rhodes 3-35, Willis Wright 2-55, Glenn Coleman 2-17, T.J. Lowder 1-10
FAU: Daniel McKinney 7-90, William Dukes 6-116, Jenson Stoshak 5-108, Damian Fortner 5-45, Nexon Dorvilus 3-30, Jonathan Wallace 1-9, Robert Lohnes 1-5
Florida International4th Conference USA East4-44-8
Florida Atlantic6th Conference USA East2-63-9

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