FIU Panthers seeking first win in Covid-19 ravaged season

The FIU Panthers hosting Jacksonville State to start the season was postponed because of Covid-19.

The game was finally played on what would be potentially week six of the season.

Jacksonville State (3-1), an FCS program, served the Panthers (0-3) some humble pie.

Jacksonville State stunned the Panthers 19-10 on the Panthers’ home field in a completely one-sided contest.

Panthers were outgained 444 to 156 in total yards and only converted six first downs compared to 26 by Jacksonville State.

Jacksonville State had two rushers dismantle the Panthers defense. Junior Joshua Samuel had his best game of the season with 25 carries for 163 yards and one touchdown, eclipsing 201 total yards of offense. Fellow junior Uriah West posted his best game of the season, with 24 carries for 122 yards with 148 total yards of offense.

“Obviously, Jacksonville State played a very good game,” Panthers head coach Butch Davis said. “They were very good in all the critical areas you need to be in to win football games. They ran the ball enormously well. They kept drives alive.”

Jacksonville State’s offense sealed the possession battle, also retaining the ball for over 42 minutes of the game, while FIU’s offense only gained possession for under 18 minutes.

“Defensively, we struggled enormously on third downs to keep their drives alive and their offense on the field,” Davis added. “Our defense was on the field for way too long. We have got to get three-and-outs. We have got to force a punt. We have got to get the ball inside the 50, so our offense can get great field position.”

Despite the Panthers seeking their first win, there was a bright spot for them.

The Panthers may have discovered a potent offensive connection between quarterback Shane Norton and wide receiver Nate Jefferson. They connected for their team’s only touchdown of the night.

The beat goes on for now, pending Covid-19 postponements.

The Panthers are expected to play host to Marshall.



Author: West Lamy

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