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State: FIU defense bottles up FAMU

Associated Press
Published November 28, 2004

MIAMI - Josh Padrick completed 13-of-26 for 181 yards and two touchdowns, helping Florida International snap a five-game skid by defeating Florida A&M 40-23 on Saturday.

FAMU (3-8) outgained Florida International 546-279, but the Golden Panthers (3-6) used timely defense and special-teams play for the win. Florida International's defense scored two touchdowns, forced six turnovers and had seven sacks.

FAMU quarterback Ben Dougherty scored on an 8-yard run on the game's first possession. The extra-point attempt set the tone for the game, when a high snap was returned in the opposite direction by Zach Davis, cutting the FAMU lead to 6-2.

Dougherty completed 45-of-60 for 436 yards. He added 112 rushing yards and three TDs.

Early in the second quarter, Vernon Jones returned a Dougherty fumble for a school-record 89-yard touchdown and opened a 9-6 lead. Padrick connected with Cory McKinney on a screen pass that resulted in a school-record 71-yard touchdown. Florida International's defense struck again with 4:26 left in the second quarter. Antwan Barnes returned an interception 51 yards to give the Golden Panthers a 26-6 halftime lead.

FIU's Rashod Smith passed the 1,000-yard plateau with his 109-yard performance. FAMU's Ronald Wright led all receivers with 136 yards.

FAU 49, EDWARD WATERS 15: Aaron Sanchez scored on a pair of 1-yard touchdown runs and caught a 15-yard TD pass for host Florida Atlantic (8-3). Edward Waters (8-3), an NAIA team, played its first game this season against a Division I team.

Doug Parker scored two rushing touchdowns for the Owls and Troy Pindell returned an interception for a touchdown. Daveon Barron also ran for a touchdown.

Sanchez's first touchdown stretched the Owls' lead to 21-7. Then in the third quarter, a fumbled punt attempt by the Tigers gave Florida Atlantic the ball at the 1 and Sanchez plunged into the end zone on the next play. Sanchez's touchdown reception gave the Owls a 35-7 lead. On Edward Waters ensuing possession, Pindell's interception return off Dexter Davis made the score 42-7.

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