Florida International Rolls Over Bulldogs, 42-0

Florida International Rolls Over Bulldogs, 42-0
Florida International scored two touchdowns in the opening minute of the game and turned that early momentum into a 42-0 victory over visiting Butler at FIU Community Stadium on Saturday (Sept. 14). The victory boosted Florida International to 2-1 in its first year of intercollegiate football, while Butler dropped to 1-1 on the year.

Tailback Rashod Smith scored on a 25-yard run on the second play of the game to give the Golden Panthers a 7-0 lead just 48 seconds into the contest. The host team added another touchdown 19 second later following a Butler fumble on ensuing kickoff. Quarterback Jamie Burke hooked up with wide receiver Julius Eppinger on a 23-year touchdown strike to give Florida International a 14-0 lead with just 1:07 off the clock.

Smith scored his second touchdown of the game on a 39-yard run with 8:24 left in the first quarter to increase the Golden Panthers' lead to 21-0. That margin stretched to 35-0 by halftime on a 58-yard Burke to Cory McKinney scoring pass and a 16-yard touchdown run by Smith in the second quarter.

The final Florida International touchdown came on a nine-yard Burke to Harold Leath pass with 9:37 left in the third quarter.

Butler, coming off a 54-point performance in its opener, managed just 212 total yards in the game. The Bulldogs' best scoring opportunity came late in the first quarter when freshman Eric Neumeier missed a 47-yard field goal attempt.

Burke completed 13 of 19 passes for 258 yards in the game, while Smith added 116 rushing yards on 14 carries. The Golden Panthers rolled up 455 yards in total offense.

The Bulldogs, who were shutout for the first time since 1996, were led by sophomore Justin Campbell with 65 rushing yards on 10 carries. Senior Dale Jennings, who had 194 rushing yards in Butler's opener, was held to 58 yards on 18 carries. Senior Lou Capizzi had 10 tackles to pace Butler's defensive unit.

Butler senior wide receiver Adam Lafferty had four receptions for 56 yards in the game and moved into tenth place on Butler's all-time list for receiving yards. Lafferty boosted his career yardage total to 1,518 and moved ahead of Dave Oliver, 1972-75, on the all-time Butler list.