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Instant Recap: IU football begins 2018 season with win at Florida International


IU Football players line up on the scrimmage line Aug. 6 during practice at the football practice fields. IU opened its season with a 38-28 win Saturday night against Florida International in Miami, Florida. Matt Begala Buy Photos

FINAL: IU defeats Florida International 38-28. After going behind 7-0 to start the game, the Hoosiers responded well with both Peyton Ramsey and Michael Penix Jr. seeing time at quarterback with success. Ramsey finished with 20 of 27 passing for 156 yards and 3 touchdowns, while Penix went 8 of 10 passing for 96 yards and a touchdown.

Donavan Hale led IU wide receivers with 60 receiving yards and two touchdowns, while on defense Dameon Willis Jr. had six tackles and Jonathan Crawford had an interception, which he retuned for a touchdown. Marcelino Ball also made several aggressive tackles and controlled the field well from the Husky position in his return from injury.

Reese Taylor played on both offense and defense for IU, recording tackles, receptions and rushing attempts. Logan Justus made IU's lone field goal attempt of the game.

IU improves to 1-0 this season, while FIU is now 0-1.

The Hoosiers play Virginia (1-0) next Saturday night at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington.

QB CHANGE (6:03 - 4th quarter) Ramsey replaces Penix at quarterback. 

ONSIDE KICK (6:03 - 4th quarter) FIU's onside kick attempt bounces once before it is recovered by Hale, who has had a great game tonight.

TOUCHDOWN (6:04 - 4th quarter) FIU refuses to go quietly into the night and it is a two-score game once again. James Morgan finds Maurice Alexander for a 7-yard TD connection. The extra point is good and the score is IU 38, FIU 28. Golden Panthers don't even have to go for an onside kick.

FIELD GOAL (9:58 - 4th quarter) Logan Justus converts his first career field goal attempt, a 36-yarder, to make it 38-21 in favor of IU. It was the first field goal attempt of the season for IU.

END 3rd QUARTER (IU leads FIU 35-21. Michael Penix Jr. has entered the game at quarterback for two consecutive drives for IU and has had success, going 4 of 5 for 43 yards and a TD pass.)

TOUCHDOWN (1:11 - 3rd quarter) FIU reduces the deficit to 14 points late in the 3rd quarter. Shawndarrius Phillips scores a touchdown on a one-yard rush up the middle of the IU defense on 3rd and Goal. Riccardo Silva Stadium has a bit of energy back in it now. IU leads 35-21.

TOUCHDOWN (7:39 - 3rd quarter) After replacing Ramsey at quarterback, Penix goes 3 of 4 during his first collegiate drive for 40 passing yards and a touchdown pass. The touchdown pass was a 9-yard pass to running back Mike Majette. IU leads Florida International 35-14.

QB CHANGE (10:55 - 3rd quarter) IU's Michael Penix Jr. is in at quarterback for Peyton Ramsey. His first completion is to Whop Philyor. 

INJURY (11:02 - 3rd quarter) After forcing an FIU punt, Allen Stallings IV is injured on the third down play. He was helped off the field by IU trainers.

HALFTIME (IU leads Florida International 28-14. Hoosiers have three takeaways on defense, including a pick-six by Jonathan Crawford, while on offense, Peyton Ramsey has thrown three touchdown passes. Donavan Hale has two of those touchdown catches).

FUMBLE (2:51 - 2nd quarter) After giving up a pair of big plays on the ensuing FIU drive, IU is bailed out as Golden Panther quarterback Christian Alexander fumbles a handoff exchange. Niles Sykes recovers the ball and IU has a chance to make it a three-possession game before the half.

TOUCHDOWN (3:41 - 2nd quarter) IU restores its 14-point advantage late in the first half. After having a touchdown called back on 3rd and Goal, the Hoosiers opt to go for it on 4th and Goal, and are rewarded. Ramsey finds Hale for the second time tonight for a touchdown. Logan Justus remains perfect on extra points and IU leads FIU 28-14.

TOUCHDOWN (6:12 - 2nd quarter) Anthony Jones bursts through the IU defense for his second touchdown of the game, this one a 36-yard rushing touchdown. The Golden Panthers also convert the extra point and the score is now 21-14 in favor of IU.

TOUCHDOWN (13:42 - 2nd quarter) IU extends its lead to 21-7 via a 3-yard passing touchdown from Ramsey to Peyton Hendershot. It's the first career catch and TD for Hendershot and the second passing TD of the game for Ramsey. 

END 1st QUARTER (14-7 IU leads FIU. Hoosiers have the ball at the FIU 26).

THREE AND OUT (2:45 - 1st quarter) For the first time in the game, a team will punt. Another nice play from Crawford, this time an open-field tackle on second down, helps IU force FIU to punt.

TOUCHDOWN (4:01 - 1st quarter) After forcing a fumble earlier in the game, Jonathan Crawford steps in front of a pass from James Morgan, intercepts it and returns it for a touchdown. FIU had the ball at its own 28-yard line when Crawford made the interception and returned it for the score. 14-7 Hoosiers lead in Miami.

TOUCHDOWN (4:59 - 1st quarter) IU strikes right back and ties the game 7-7. A nice drive, which featured a 32-yard rush from Reese Taylor, ends with an 18-yard touchdown pass from Ramsey to Donavan Hale. The game is tied 7-7.

TOUCHDOWN (7:42 - 1st quarter) The Golden Panthers have taken the lead following Ramsey's interception. FIU takes the lead on a 2-yard run by Anthony Jones. The touchdown was confirmed after an official review. The extra point is good and FIU leads IU 7-0.

INTERCEPTION (11:43 - 1st quarter) QB Peyton Ramsey throws an interception on 3rd and 6 while attempting to find wide receiver Luke Timian on a crossing route. It's IU's first offense turnover of the season, and it occurred with IU in field-goal range.

FUMBLE (12:54 - 1st quarter) DB Devon Matthews recovers a fumble on a 3rd and 7 pass play by FIU and the Hoosiers have forced their first turnover of the 2018 season. Fumble was forced by safety Jonathan Crawford.

KICKOFF (15:00 - 1st quarter) The 2018 IU football season has begun.

* Both schools are starting their 2018 seasons with this game. IU is 2-0 all-time against FIU, with victories in 2015 and 2016, before the two teams' 2017 meeting in Bloomington was cancelled due to Hurricane Irma.

* Welcome to tonight's live updates page for IU (0-0, 0-0 in the Big Ten), against Florida International (0-0, 0-0 in Conference USA) at Riccardo Silva Stadium in Miami, Florida.

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