NCAA Game Summary - FIU vs. Toledo|
(Sunday, December 26th)
Final Score: FIU 34, Toledo 32
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Jack Griffin kicked a 34-yard field goal on the
final play, capping FIU's first postseason game with a thrilling 34-32 win
over Toledo at the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl.
Terrance Owens scored on a 14-yard run with 1:14 left in the game, and his
two-point conversion pass to Eric Page boosted Toledo to a 32-31 lead.
FIU faced a 4th-and-17 from its 41, but ran a hook-and-ladder play with Jacob
Younger lateraling to T.Y. Hilton for a first down. Hilton tight-roped along
the right sideline, but a video review call confirmed Hilton held the ball
barely across the marker.
A 20-yard pass from Wesley Carroll to Greg Ellingson and a five-yard run by
Darriet Perry set up Griffin's perfect kick.
In just their sixth season playing in the Football Bowl Series division, the
Golden Panthers (7-6) got a big boost from their defense and special teams.
Hilton returned a kickoff 89 yards for a score. Kreg Brown had a pair of
interceptions and Wayne Times blocked a punt leading to Griffin's 31-yard
field goal late in the final quarter.
The Rockets (8-5), in their first bowl game since 2005, blew a 17-point lead.
Adonis Thomas rushed for 193 yards and a pair of scores for the Rockets, while
Owens connected on 15-of-27 passes for 132 yards and a TD, but was picked off
Perry gained 132 yards and scored twice, while Carroll finished 16-of-27 for
140 yards with a TD and an interception. Ellingson caught seven balls for 66
It was a thrilling fourth quarter at Ford Field with the teams combining for
21 points in the final 7:34.
Carroll found Hilton for a 10-yard score and 28-24 FIU lead. Times' blocked
punt led to Griffin's 31-yarder, but Toledo came right back with Thomas
converting a 4th-and-1 at the FIU 29 with a three-yard run. Two plays later,
Owens was in the end zone to set up the dramatic finish.
Thomas scored on a four-yard run with under six minutes left in the
opening quarter for a 7-0 Toledo lead. Thomas fumbled the ball away later in
the quarter, but scored on an 87-yard jaunt just over four minutes into the
A short time later, Perry was in the end zone on a one-yard run. He also
converted a fourth down inside the 10 with a three-yard run.
Owens found Danny Noble for a 10-yard score with nearly three minutes left
until the half, expanding Toledo's lead to 21-7.
FIU failed on a fourth down pass from the Toledo 28 with a minute left in the
half, and the Rockets pushed their lead to 24-7 on Bill Claus' 29-yard field
goal in the third.
Hilton returned the ensuing kickoff the distance, and Brown's interception led
to Perry's seven-yard TD run inside seven minutes left in the third for a
Page had five receptions for 24 yards...Owens gained 65 yards on the
ground...Toledo finished with 304 yards rushing...The Rockets have enjoyed
great success in bowl games, winning eight of their 11 postseason trips...This
was the third matchup on the gridiron between the two teams. In 2008, the
Golden Panthers grabbed a win in Toledo, but the Rockets repaid the favor in
2009, defeating FIU in Miami.
12/27 01:28:37 ET