Jacks Run Over Florida International 35-13
Oct 9, 2003
MIAMI (AP) - Quarterback Michael Williams gained 209 total yards and threw for a touchdown as Stephen F. Austin beat Florida International 35-13 Thursday night.
Williams replaced Zeke Dixon in the starting lineup this week after Dixon fractured his right wrist on Oct. 4. With Dixon out, Stephen F. Austin (3-3) turned to the ground game against FIU's last-ranked rush defense, gaining 337 yards and scoring four touchdowns on the ground.
FIU (0-6) entered the game ranked last out of 121 Division I-AA teams, allowing 285 rushing yards per game. It was Stephen F. Austin's first 300-yard rushing game since 1999.
Stephen F. Austin took advantage of FIU's weakness on the first two drives of the game.
Eric Chapman scored on a 10-yard option toss and Cliff Edwards scored on a one yard run for a 14-0 lead with five minutes left in the first quarter. The Lumberjacks gained 122 yards on their first two drives.
Edwards finished with a game-high 124 yards rushing and two touchdowns.
Williams ran for 121 yards on 13 runs but didn't complete a pass until 5:41 remained in the second quarter, and finished the game 5-of-11 for 88 yards.
FIU cut the lead to 14-10 with 4:24 remaining in the first half when Chadler Williams caught a 30-yard touchdown pass from Josh Padrick. Williams finished with seven catches for 101 yards.
Stephen F. Austin responded with two touchdowns in the final two minutes of the half and went into halftime leading 28-13.