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NCAA Game Summary - Florida International at Arkansas State



(Saturday, November 3rd)

Final Score: Arkansas State 27, Florida International 24

Jonesboro, AR (Sports Network) - Josh Arauco knocked through a 32-yard field goal with two seconds remaining in regulation to give the Arkansas State Indians a thrilling 27-24 win over the Florida International Golden Panthers in Sun Belt Conference action at Indian Stadium.

The Indians (4-5, 2-3 Sun Belt) were led by Reggie Arnold who posted 120 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 20 carries, while Travis Hewitt converted 19- of-30 for 174 yards and survived five sacks as the team snapped a two-game slide.

The Golden Panthers (0-9, 0-4) saw the nation's longest losing streak stretched to 21 games with the narrow setback. Wayne Younger kept the team close by hitting 9-of-19 passing for 110 yards and two touchdowns, but he was taken down twice and threw a pair of interceptions as the squad let a winnable game escape them.

Arauco scoring the first points of the game for ASU when he converted a 26-yard field goal with just 35 seconds remaining in the first quarter.

Early in the second the Golden Panthers cut into the deficit by recording a team safety and then moved out to a 9-3 advantage thanks to an 80-yard punt return for a touchdown by Lionell Singleton.

On the first series of the second half a Younger pass was picked off by Darren Toney and returned 17 yards for a score, pushing the Indians back ahead by a point.

With 3:02 to play in the third period Younger made up for his miscue by hitting Jeremy Dickens with a four-yard touchdown pass, making the score 16-10.

Touchdown runs of 18 and 31 yards by Arnold less than two and a half minutes apart late in the frame provided ASU with what appeared to be an insurmountable 24-16 edge.

Refusing to give up easily, Florida International marched right down the field on eight plays, with a 29-yard scoring strike going to Greg Ellingson from Younger. Needing a successful two-point conversion to knot the score at 24-24 with 48 seconds to play, Younger scrambled to keep the play alive and eventually found Moses Hinton in the end zone.

Poor kickoff coverage by the Golden Panthers, in addition to a penalty, gave the Indians the ball deep in FIU's zone, providing Arauco the opportunity for the game winner.

Despite controlling the ball for barely two minutes in the opening quarter and gaining just 250 yards of offense on the afternoon, FIU nearly pulled off the unlikely victory on the road.

The Golden Panthers have gone without a victory since they defeated Middle Tennessee by a score of 35-31 back on December 3, 2005. Since that time FIU has dropped 11 consecutive league outings.

11/03 19:22:21 ET


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