Golden Panthers Weekly: FIU obliterates UTEP, preps for conference game verses Middle Tennessee

FIU obliterates UTEP, preps for conference game verses Middle Tennessee

This was the week FIU fans had been waiting for.

The Golden Panthers put forth their best effort of the season this past Saturday, and bounced back with a blowout win against the University of Texas El Paso, 52-12.

FIU showed a sense of resiliency unseen during the Ron Turner era this past weekend, and proved they are a different ball club than years past.

The defense locked down UTEP to the highest degree of their ability, putting forth nearly a perfect showing by dominating the Miners.

The Panthers came out of the gates hitting on all cylinders, scoring 21 points in the first quarter and matching that with another 21 points to close the half.

At the end of two quarters, FIU had their largest lead of the season, with a 42-3 advantage at the break. They continued the impressive play with 10 more points in the second half and only allowed 9 second half points to UTEP.

The only set back to their play was a safety late in the game, but it wasn’t detrimental to their enormous victory of 52-12 victory.

Panthers quarterback Alex McGough had a superb game in this one, throwing for 270 yards and completing 13 of 17 passes and a touchdown. The Panthers also had a strong game from running back Alex Gardner. Gardner ran for 56 yards on 10 carries giving him a touchdown. He was also the leading receiver for the game with 5 receptions for 96 yards.

Their performances in part led the way to not only the Golden Panther’s best performance of 2015, but the schools best performance, arguably, in the past couple of years.

Moving forward it I’ll be interesting to see if FIU can continue its rebuilding. This is a team that is just a year removed from a loss to Bethune-Cookman, and with the second year of the Ron Turner era underway, it’ll be interesting to see if the Golden Panthers can build momentum this season.

FIU has played two conference games so far this year, and are currently 1-1 in conference play. This weekend the Golden Panthers will play their third conference game of the season against Middle Tennessee.

Middle Tennessee was leading the conference at the beginning of the season, but has been on a steady decline as the season has progressed. The Blue Raiders are a below average 2-4 on the year, and not have lost 3 straight games.

But despite its recent struggles, FIU can not overlook Middle Tennessee. If FIU goes into this game thinking it will be an easy win, then they will have another thing coming.
Game prediction: Middle Tennessee comes out strong and tries to seize momentum early. Ultimately; however, the Blue Raiders will not be able to outplay the Golden Panthers in the first period. FIU will pass and run the ball well to take advantage for most of the game. Middle Tennessee will get it together in the second half and make it a tight game, but FIU will come out on top in a late push.

Final Score: FIU 35 Middle Tennessee 21

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