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State: Florida Atlantic offense has record-setting day

By wire services
Published October 31, 2004

TALLAHASSEE - Anthony Crissinger-Hill caught two touchdown passes and Florida Atlantic piled up a school-record 591 yards total offense Saturday in a 38-8 victory over Florida A&M.

FAU passed for 315 yards and rushed for another 276, easily breaking the mark of 509 yards set last year against Siena.

Crissinger-Hill finished with six catches for 163 yards. Jared Allen, one of three FAU quarterbacks to play, completed 9 of 20 passes for 224 yards and two scores for the Owls, who forced three FAMU turnovers.

Brittney Tellis had a touchdown catch, and Doug Parker and Dekolan James each had scoring runs for FAU, which held FAMU scoreless until midway through the fourth quarter. Parker had a game-high 79 rushing yards for FAU.

Ben Dougherty completed 20 of 36 passes for 194 yards and a touchdown, plus a team-best 55 rushing yards for FAMU. He hit Ronnie Thomas with a 6-yard scoring pass with 7:17 remaining.

JU 31, WEBBER INT. 24 Mike Sturgill ran for one touchdown and threw for another, leading the host Dolphins.

Sturgill hit Nathan Conner with a 31-yard touchdown pass three seconds before halftime, putting Jacksonville ahead 31-7.

But Sturgill, who suffered a concussion last week, left in the third quarter after taking a hard hit to the back, and Webber rallied.

Ruben Rivas threw second-half touchdowns to Ean Randolph and Chad Pearce, the latter covering 35 yards and drawing his team within 31-24 with 13:10 left.

But Jacksonville stopped Webber's final three drives to hang on.

Jerry Brant rushed 21 times for 100 yards and a touchdown for the Dolphins, who also got a 29-yard fumble return for a score by C.J. Jorif.

Rivas threw for 267 yards and Randolph finished with 11 catches for 140 yards and two touchdowns for Webber International, which outgained Jacksonville 305-258.

MARSHALL 20, UCF 3: Stan Hill's struggles in a swirling wind couldn't knock host Marshall out of first place in the Mid-American Conference's East Division.

Hill, ineffective for much of the game, threw a short touchdown and Chris Royal returned an interception for a score.

"It was tough," Hill said. "I missed three or four, or maybe five, that could have been touchdowns. We should have scored about 60 points."

Marshall outgained UCF 328-104 in the game between the conference's two worst offenses.

"I was extremely pleased with our offense. That wind was brutal to throw in and I thought we handled it well," Marshall coach Bob Pruett said.

UCF managed just nine first downs and saw the nation's longest losing streak extended to 11 games.

"We didn't have any consistency," UCF coach George O'Leary said. "I need to sit down with the offense and get things together."

B-CC 45, N.C. A&T 17: Jimmie Russell and Jonathan Summers combined for three touchdown passes for visiting Bethune-Cookman.

Summers scored on a 10-yard pass from Russell with 7:50 left in the second quarter to give the Wildcats a 10-0 lead.

The two connected again on an 18-yard strike two minutes into the second half to make it 24-0, then added a 43-yard completion with 5:03 in the third quarter to make it 38-7.

Bethune-Cookman carried 24 unanswered points into the third quarter. The Aggies finally got on the board five minutes into the second half, when Kenneth Perry scored on a 30-yard pass from Marshall Glenn to make it 24-7.

North Carolina A&T couldn't get another point until the final four minutes, when Carlos Davalos kicked a 19-yard field goal to make it 45-10. Douglas Brown scored on an 11-yard pass from Adrian Moye with 14 seconds left.

NEW MEXICO ST. 56, FIU 31: Buck Pierce passed for a career-high 367 yards and three touchdowns and host New Mexico State scored on two interceptions.

The teams combined for 1,144 yards in total offense - 646 for New Mexico State and 498 for Florida International.

New Mexico State needed all the big plays it could get to hold off the Golden Panthers and senior running back Rashod Smith, who finished with 230 yards rushing on 24 carries and a school-record four touchdowns.

Smith had 204 yards in the first half, most of that coming on a pair of touchdowns that covered 73 yards and 76 yards.

The Aggie defense rallied in the second half to stop Smith and forced Florida International passers into four interceptions. Defensive backs Gill Byrd and Matt Griebel returned their interceptions for 48-yard and 64-yard touchdowns, respectively.

The Aggies, who led 31-28 at halftime, also got a pair of touchdowns from sophomore receiver Tim Tolbert, who caught five passes for 126 yards.

Chandler Williams led Florida International with six catches for 98 yards, and quarterback Josh Padrick completed 13-of-22 passes for 164 yards.

[Last modified October 31, 2004, 00:57:29]


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