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Florida International 38, Bryant 37

Associated Press

MIAMI - Grayson James came on to throw three fourth-quarter touchdowns then added another in overtime plus a 2-point conversion to give FIU a 38-37 win over Bryant.

After Bryant scored on the first possession of overtime on Zevi Eckhaus' pass to Anthony Frederick, James connected with Tyrese Chambers on a 5-yard score. New FIU coach Mike MacIntyre decided to go for two and James found EJ Wilson Jr. for the win.

Bryant took a 30-27 lead on Ishod Byarm's 1-yarder with 43 seconds left in regulation and it looked as if the Bulldogs would get their first win over an FBS opponent. But a targeting call on fourth down kept the Panthers alive and James covered 48 yards on three passes to set up Chase Gabriel's 29-yard field goal as time ran out.

FIU won after losing its final 11 games last season.

Gunnar Holmberg, Duke's starter last year, threw for a touchdown before James took over in the third quarter. James finished 16-of-31 for 207 yards and Holmberg 14-of-20 for 103. Chambers and Kris Mitchell each had two TD catches.

Eckhaus was 18-of-22 passing for 243 yards. Gage Moloney added 106 yards passing with a score. Byarm had two touchdowns. Anthony Frederick had 101 yards receiving with a score.

It was Bryant's first game in Florida where fourth-year Bryant's Chris Merritt was head coach at Christopher Columbus High School for 18 years, just a few miles from FIU, before being hired by the Bulldogs.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter BryantFIU
Bryant TD 6:15 Ishod Byarm 2 yard TD run (Ethan Gettman Kick Failed) 6 0
Bryant FG 1:52 Ethan Gettman 23 yard field goal 9 0
Second Quarter BryantFIU
Bryant TD 2:07 Jihad Edmond 21 yard TD pass from Gage Moloney (Ethan Gettman Extra Point) 16 0
FIU TD 0:08 Lexington Joseph 4 yard TD pass from Gunnar Holmberg (Lexington Joseph 2pt conversion attempt is NO GOOD) 16 6
Fourth Quarter BryantFIU
FIU TD 13:02 Tyrese Chambers 6 yard TD pass from Grayson James (Chase Gabriel Extra Point) 16 13
FIU TD 9:25 Kris Mitchell 17 yard TD pass from Grayson James (Chase Gabriel Extra Point) 16 20
Bryant TD 6:22 Zevi Eckhaus 1 yard TD run (Ethan Gettman Extra Point) 23 20
FIU TD 4:08 Kris Mitchell 46 yard TD pass from Grayson James (Chase Gabriel Extra Point) 23 27
Bryant TD 0:43 Ishod Byarm 1 yard TD run (Ethan Gettman Extra Point) 30 27
FIU FG 0:03 Chase Gabriel 29 yard field goal 30 30
OT BryantFIU
Bryant TD   Anthony Frederick 25 yard TD pass from Zevi Eckhaus (Ethan Gettman Extra Point) 37 30
FIU TD   Tyrese Chambers 5 yard TD pass from Grayson James (EJ Wilson Jr. 2pt conversion attempt is GOOD) 37 38
Team Stats
  Bryant FIU
First downs 28 25
  Rushing 8 6
  Passing 17 15
  Penalty 3 4
3rd Down Efficiency 10-17, 59% 4-13, 31%
4th down efficiency 2-2, 100% 3-5, 60%
Rushes-Yards 37-121 27-74
Passing Yards 347 310
Return Yards 122 120
Completions-Attempts-Int 28-39-0 30-50-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 3-18 1-5
Punts 3 4
Fumbles Lost 2-2 0-0
Penalties - Yards 15-130 8-70
Bryant Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
Z. Eckhaus 18 21 259 1 0
G. Moloney 10 18 88 1 0
FIU Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
G. James 16 29 207 4 0
G. Holmberg 14 20 103 1 0
Bryant Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
I. Byarm 19 48 2.5 2
Z. Eckhaus 4 43 10.8 1
K. Cichanowsky 7 34 4.9 0
R. Clark 2 3 1.5 0
G. Moloney 5 -7 -1.4 0
FIU Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
E. Wilson Jr. 12 50 4.2 0
G. Holmberg 7 17 2.4 0
L. Joseph 5 15 3.0 0
G. James 1 0 0.0 0
J. Bracey 2 -8 -4.0 0
Bryant Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
A. Frederick 3 101 33.7 1
J. Powell 8 81 10.1 0
M. Prochaska 3 56 18.7 0
L. Ruggieri 3 35 11.7 0
D. Zorrilla 3 22 7.3 0
J. Edmond 1 21 21.0 1
I. Byarm 3 19 6.3 0
D. Eugene 1 6 6.0 0
A. White 1 5 5.0 0
K. Cichanowsky 1 2 2.0 0
K. Lathrop 1 -1 -1.0 0
FIU Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
T. Chambers 8 86 10.8 2
K. Mitchell 3 80 26.7 2
J. Miamen 4 49 12.3 0
R. Fairweather 3 32 10.7 0
L. Joseph 3 15 5.0 1
E. Wilson Jr. 4 13 3.3 0
D. Patterson 1 11 11.0 0
R. Fournet 2 10 5.0 0
R. St. Felix 1 7 7.0 0
J. McDonald 1 7 7.0 0
Bryant Interceptions
Player Int Yards
FIU Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Bryant Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
E. Gettman 3 118 39.3
FIU Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
D. Montiel 4 178 44.5
Bryant Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Powell 1 4 4.0
FIU Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
T. Chambers 1 6 6.0
Bryant Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
A. Frederick 2 95 47.5
I. Byarm 1 23 23.0
FIU Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
L. Joseph 3 95 31.7
E. Wilson Jr. 1 19 19.0
Bryant Missed FG
Player Length
FIU Missed FG
Player Length




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