Brent Stockstill led his team to two come-from-behind wins the past two weeks, but it was James Morgan that got to shine in Miami tonight.
Morgan finished with 311 yards passing on 27/36 and two scores as FIU came back from down 21-13 in the middle of the 3rd quarter, and 21-16 in the 4th to win 24-21.
Morgan hit CJ Worton on a 23-yard strike with just 3:55 left in the game to put FIU in the lead.
This was the game of the week in CUSA, and featured two teams battling for first in the division. Middle surprisingly came in at 2-0 and had a good hold on their destiny after beating favorites Marshall and FAU in the previous two weeks.
FIU struggled to run, and was helped by Brent Stockstill leaving with what the color announcer called a high-ankle sprain. Middle Tennessee has long gone as Kid Stockstill has gone, and this time was no different. Asher O’Hara stepped in and gamely led the MTSU offense.
He only completed 9/20 passing for 114 and the game-losing interception, but he ran with abandon, throwing himself over and through the FIU defense.
The final drive came down to a 4th down when O’Hara hit Ty Lee for 28 yards to get Middle within striking distance of a possible game-tying FG attempt. Instead, Rick Stockstill, who had gone for two to win things against FAU, rolled the dice and tried to win it.
O’Hara forced a throw in the back of the end zone and it was intercepted by Olin Cushionm III.
It was a fortunate win, but it is sometimes better to be lucky than good. FIU could not run the ball — only 70 yards on 34 carries — so the pass game and James Morgan had to do the heavy lifting. CJ Worton finished with five grabs and 113 yards, the winning score, and on an efficient 6 targets. Bryce Singleton finished with 8 grabs on 9 targets and 81 yards.
FIU is top of the division table, and host lowly Rice next week. WKU, UTSA, and Charlotte are beatable, but FAU and Marshall will be licking their chops now that the division door is open with this MTSU loss.
CUSA is fun.