In a tied game late in the fourth quarter of FIU’s double overtime victory over ULM on Nov. 7, Wesley Carroll tossed an intercetion in ULM’s red zone that was broght back by ULM defensive end Ken Dorsey down into Golden Panther territory.
Unlike last week against Florida Atlantic, FIU made up for the mistake by coming back in the overtimes with T.Y Hilton and Darriet Perry scores, and getting a key tackle from Ash Parker on fourth down.
Carroll ended the game with a final line of 17-of-27 with 227 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions. The crucial fourth quarter mistake could have very well cost FIU their homecoming game, but to be fair, he also threw a gorgeous fade route to Greg Ellingson in the first quarter. Overall, I would call it an average game for the junior, all things considered.
T.Y Hilton had arguably the best game of his career, scoring four touchdowns in three different ways and being as dynamic as he has ever been since he arrived at FIU.
FIU is still very much alive, and controls their own destiny in the conference and bowl eligibility with four games left.
- FIU’s defense, which came into the contest ranked in the top 40 nationally and tops in the SBC in total defense, didn’t really have an answer for Kolton Browning, who was 27-of-38 for 339 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. He also ran for 93 yards on 19 carries, slowly eating up the defense for small chunks or yardage throughout. Browning was often throwing or running on the move in the pocket, leaving the defense guessing and bringing back memories of past FIU struggles against mobile quarterbacks. FIU did a tremendous job earlier in the season of containing Texas A&M’s Jerrod Johnson, but it will need to get back on track with stopping dual-threat throwers like Ryan Aplin (Arkansas State), Brad McGuire (Louisiana), and Dwight Dasher (MTSU), who are all on tap down the stretch. The Golden Panthers just need to be disciplined and play their assignments, which they have shown capable of already. The team did ack Browning four times, but he didn’t even appear to be that good. He didn’t seem capable of going to far downfield and he wasn’t alarmlingly fast. Next week’s opponent , Troy, won’t be running their QB too much, so the team will have some time to work on it.
- For the first time since FIU moved into Division I, now Football Bowl Subdivision, they can run the football effectively with consistency. Eight weeks in, I can say that confidently. This week Darriet Perry took his turn and got 115 yards on 20 carries. The team gained 268 yards on the ground overall. It was another rock solid performance by an offensive line that was working with its starting left tackle. Although Wes did get sacked three times (More than average), that unit up front has played well this season and should be commended for it. Congradulations to Offensive Line coach Alex Mirabal.
- Kudos to offensive coordinator Scott Satterfield for sending Hilton deep a few times. Nobody in this conference can cover him on-on-one, and it’s nice to expand his role outside of his usual underneath stuff and screens.
- Basketball coverage will be in play next week, as FIU hosts Florida Memorial on Nov. 12.
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Written by Jay Ramos