FIU Panthers stunned the Miami Hurricanes on historic soil

The Miami Hurricanes had a disappointing loss to Georgia Tech by inches of a first down marker. This loss may sum up the Hurricanes season of disappointment.

The Florida International University Panthers stunned their crosstown rival Hurricanes 30-24 at Marlins Park.

James Morgan led the way for the football program’s most significant win. Morgan threw two touchdown passes. Shemar Thornton and Tony Gaiter IV caught those touchdown passes for the Panthers (6-5), who are bowl-eligible with the win.

“This entire year, I feel like we’ve believed in ourselves,” Morgan said. “Tonight, it finally came to fruition.”

The Panthers were 21-point underdogs and 0-3 all-time against Miami. In puzzling fashion, the Panthers began the season 1-3, were dismantled in two of their three most recent games — by 33 points to Middle Tennessee State and by 30 to Florida Atlantic, moreover 0-4 on the road and but defeated the Hurricanes of the ACC.

Don’t let the score fool you; the Panthers dominated from the start shutting out the Hurricanes 13-0 in the first half and taking a 23-3 lead early into the fourth quarter.

Panther’s running back, Anthony Jones added the icing on the cake running for a game-high 112 yards, sealing the win with a 37-yard touchdown run with 2:17 remaining.

Cam’Ron Harris rushed for 83 yards and a fourth-quarter touchdown for Miami (6-5). Quarterback Jarren Williams was intercepted three times, running back DeeJay Dallas departed early in the second half with an elbow injury, and the Hurricanes never led.

“This is one of the darkest nights in program history,” Hurricanes head coach Manny Diaz said.

Miami got within 23-17 with 3 minutes, 10 seconds left on a 35-yard pass from Williams to Mark Pope.

The beat goes on.

Both teams end their seasons on the road.

Miami ends the regular season next Saturday at Duke. FIU closes the regular season next Saturday at Marshall.



Author: West Lamy

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