Golden Panthers Weekly: Golden Panthers destroy Old Dominion 41-12, prepare for rivalry game versus FAU

This week FIU had its best game so far this season.

There were so many things going for them, and with a killer mentality the Golden Panthers avenged last year’s loss to Old Dominion with a 41-12 beat down in 2015.

It was clear that this week they had enough of the big losses and the lack of execution. FIU looked like a top tier team, and was almost flawless on the offensive end.

Quarterback Alex McGough was nearly perfect, completing 31 of 39 passes for 390 yards and 3 touchdowns. The other key player of the game was running back Alex Gardner, who ran for 60 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries.

The offense was clicking on all cylinders, and unlike usual, Alex Gardner did not leave the team in receiving yards. Tight end Jonnu Smith lead the team with 183 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns, on 10 receptions.

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The great offensive game is reflected in the scoring chart, with the Golden Panthers scoring in every quarter and starting the game with some very explosive play.

By half time the Golden Panthers were leading 17-6, and after a dominant second half performance FIU gained momentum going into next week’s game.

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With the win FIU improves to 4-4, and moves to third in the conference USA-east standings.

There are several games behind the number one team, Marshall, and 4 games behind the number two team, Western Kentucky.

This upcoming week, FIU plays a conference game against Florida Atlantic University. FAU is a disappointing 1-6 but a bitter rival to the Golden Panthers.

FAU has scored 20 points or less in there last 6 games, while FIU has scored 20 or more points in there last three games.

When scoring more than 20 points FIU is 3-2, and against a struggling Owls’ defense it is highly likely they score 20 points or more. This game is very winnable and looks to be a blow out.

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FAU has also lost every conference game they have played this year, another sign that a win should be imminent for FIU.

And if this week taught Golden Panther fans anything, it is that if this team comes in with with a killer mentality they can beat inferior opponents.

Game prediction: I expect a blowout. The Golden Panthers will have a great start to the game, and shoot out of the gates at the beginning of this game. After going into the half overconfident; however, FAU will come back. The Owls will try and catch up, but the deficit and late game scoring will be to much to over come. Alex McGough is going to have a similar game to last week, and will help win this football game.

Final Score: FIU 42 FAU 18.

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