MIAMI (AP) -
threw five touchdown passes, including the game-winner in overtime, to lead Florida Atlantic to a 57-50 victory over Florida
International on Saturday.
After the teams scored a combined 56 points in the fourth quarter, Florida International (4-7, 3-4 Sun Belt) won the coin
toss in overtime but elected to play defense first. Florida Atlantic (6-6, 4-3) scored on Smith's 9-yard pass to
on its first possession.
followed that by throwing three incomplete passes during their possession, and a sack of
by the Owls'
on fourth down sealed the win for Florida Atlantic.
Smith finished 25-for-50 for 389 yards with one interception for the Owls. Gent caught seven passes for 108 yards with three
had seven receptions for 80 yards and two touchdowns.
McCall was 27-for-47 for a school-record 400 yards with four touchdowns and one interception for Florida International.
T.Y. Hilton had 99 yards on four receptions, scoring three touchdowns for the
- two of them through the air.
had 138 yards and a score on seven receptions, and
carried the ball 16 times for a game-high 115 yards and two scores.
Trailing 36-22 in the fourth, Florida Atlantic scored two touchdowns in a span of 56 seconds.
The first came on a fourth-and-10 from the Florida International 20-yard line when Smith threw a pass that was tipped by several
players and then caught in the back of the end zone by Gent with 6:49 to go.
On Florida International's ensuing possession,
intercepted McCall and returned it 25 yards to tie the score at 36 with 5:53 left.
answered on McCall's fourth touchdown pass, a 29-yard toss to Ellingson that made it 43-36 with 3:49 left. Following an interception
by Florida International, Perry's second touchdown of the game made the score 50-36 at 3:09.
Florida Atlantic scored its next two touchdowns in less than three minutes to send the game into overtime.
Smith threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Gent with 2:08 left. After a successful onside kick, Smith's 11-yard touchdown pass
to Grant tied it at 50 with 18 seconds left.