GAMEDAY College Football

Central Michigan 31, Florida International 27

Associated Press

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - Backup quarterback Daniel Richardson threw for three fourth-quarter touchdowns and Central Michigan rallied from a 17-point second-half deficit to beat Florida International 31-27.

Richardson had two touchdown passes in three-plus minutes to get Central Michigan within 27-24 with 7:12 remaining. Lew Nichols III scored from 15-yards out to cap a 10-play drive and JaCorey Sullivan caught a 14-yard scoring pass.

Richardson's 27-yard connection with Dallas Dixon on third-and-3 capped an 80-yard drive with 1:18 remaining for CMU's first lead since 3-0.

Nichols carried it 25 times for 152 yards for Central Michigan (2-2). Starter Jacob Sirmon was 14-for-26 passing for 121 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Sirmon found Dallas Dixon for an 11-yard score to pull within 14-10 at halftime.

Richardson finished 16 of 23 for 276 yards.

Max Bortenschlager threw for 395 yards and two touchdowns with one interception for FIU (1-3). Rishard Dames had a interception and blocked punt return for a score. Tyrese Chambers caught six passes for 175 yards and a touchdown, and Bryce Singleton also caught six passes for 173 yards

Dames' blocked punt and 6-yard return put FIU ahead 27-10.


Scoring Summary
Second Quarter FIUCentMi
CentMi FG 8:36 Marshall Meeder 35 yd FG 0 3
FIU TD 5:51 Tyrese Chambers 31 yd pass from Max Bortenschlager (Chase Gabriel kick) 7 3
FIU TD 1:33 Kamareon Williams 3 yd pass from Max Bortenschlager (Chase Gabriel kick) 14 3
CentMi TD 0:34 Dallas Dixon 11 yd pass from Jacob Sirmon (Marshall Meeder kick) 14 10
Third Quarter FIUCentMi
FIU TD 9:32 D'vonte Price 5 yd run (blocked XP) 20 10
FIU TD 3:17 Rishard Dames 6 yd blocked punt return (Chase Gabriel kick) 27 10
Fourth Quarter FIUCentMi
CentMi TD 10:57 Lew Nichols III 15 yd pass from Daniel Richardson (Marshall Meeder kick) 27 17
CentMi TD 7:12 JaCorey Sullivan 14 yd pass from Daniel Richardson (Marshall Meeder kick) 27 24
CentMi TD 1:18 Dallas Dixon 27 yd pass from Daniel Richardson (Marshall Meeder kick) 27 31
Team Stats
  FIU Central Michigan
First downs 18 29
  Rushing 5 11
  Passing 13 16
  Penalty 0 2
3rd Down Efficiency 3-14, 21% 5-16, 31%
4th down efficiency 0-0, -% 0-2, 0%
Rushes-Yards 32-42 40-202
Passing Yards 395 397
Return Yards 54 73
Completions-Attempts-Int 20-38-1 30-49-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 5--45 2--12
Punts 9 5
Punts-Average 39.6 36
Fumbles Lost 2-1 1-1
Penalties - Yards 6-70 6-60
Time of Possession 26:40 33:20
FIU Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
M. Bortenschlager 20 38 395 2 1
Central Michigan Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
D. Richardson 16 23 276 3 0
J. Sirmon 14 26 121 1 1
FIU Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
D. Price 17 50 2.9 1
S. Peterson Jr. 9 40 4.4 0
M. Bortenschlager 5 -45 -9.0 0
Central Michigan Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
L. Nichols III 25 152 6.1 0
M. Lukes 4 20 5.0 0
J. Sirmon 4 16 4.0 0
D. Richardson 3 9 3.0 0
D. Stepney 1 6 6.0 0
M. Bailey 1 2 2.0 0
K. Pimpleton 2 -3 -1.5 0
FIU Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
T. Chambers 6 175 29.2 1
B. Singleton 6 173 28.8 0
S. Thornton 4 21 5.3 0
D. Price 2 15 7.5 0
L. Joseph 1 8 8.0 0
K. Williams 1 3 3.0 1
Central Michigan Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
D. Dixon 8 127 15.9 2
K. Pimpleton 8 117 14.6 0
L. Nichols III 4 43 10.8 1
J. Wilson 3 39 13.0 0
J. Sullivan 3 31 10.3 1
M. Bailey 1 24 24.0 0
R. Simmons 1 9 9.0 0
L. Gumms 1 8 8.0 0
M. Lukes 1 -1 -1.0 0
FIU Interceptions
Player Int Yards
R. Dames 1 0
Central Michigan Interceptions
Player Int Yards
D. Kent 1 0
FIU Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
T. Heatherly 9 356 39.6
Central Michigan Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
L. Elzinga 4 180 45.0
FIU Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
B. Singleton 2 2 1.0
R. Dames 1 20 20.0
Central Michigan Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
K. Pimpleton 3 9 3.0
FIU Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
L. Joseph 1 18 18.0
E. Wilson Jr. 1 14 14.0
Central Michigan Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
M. Lukes 3 64 21.3
FIU Missed FG
Player Length
C. Gabriel 28
Central Michigan Missed FG
Player Length
M. Meeder 45
M. Meeder 44




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