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UMass roughed up on road for third straight week





MIAMI — James Morgan threw for 207 yards and two touchdowns, and Shawndarrius Phillips and Napoleon Maxwell each ran for two scores and more than 100 yards, as Florida International thrashed UMass, 63-24, on Saturday night.

The 63 points scored tied a FIU record — set last December against UMass.

It was the third straight loss by the Minutemen (1-3) of 21 points or more, all on the road, following defeats at BC (55-21) and Georgia Southern (34-13).

Michael Curtis, one of three UMass quarterbacks used, threw for 158 yards and a touchdown for the Minutemen, but was picked off twice.

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Phillips carried 16 times for 117 yards and Maxwell added 101 yards on 17 carries.


FIU (2-1) finished with 329 yards rushing and 536 yards of total offense.

Phillips scored from 4 yards out to open the scoring, and scored again from 22 yards out in the second quarter. Morgan threw both of his touchdown passes in the first half as the Golden Panthers built a 42-10 lead by intermission.

Maxwell scored from 3 yards out in the first quarter and capped the scoring with a 17-yard run in the fourth.

UMass will play Charlotte next Saturday in its first home game since its season-opening win Aug. 25.



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