MIAMI -- — Nkosi Perry passed for two touchdowns and ran for two more scores to help Florida Atlantic beat rival Florida International 52-7 Saturday night for the Owls' sixth consecutive win in the series known as the Shula Bowl.
Perry completed 14 of 22 passes for 122 yards and Larry McCammon had 104 yards rushing on 26 carries for FAU (5-5, 4-2 Conference USA). Johnny Ford, LaJohntay Wester and Willie Taggart Jr. each added a rushing touchdown for the Owls.
Jaylen Wester picked off a pass from FIU's Grayson James on the first play from scrimmage and Perry scored on a 1-yard run to make it 7-0 just 44 seconds in. Perry added a 5-yard TD pass to Je'Quan Burton with 8:46 left in the first quarter and his 3-yard scoring run capped a 13-play, 83-yard drive that made it 21-0 going into the second.
James finished 9-of-26 passing for 56 yards and added 47 yards rushing and a score for FIU (4-6, 2-4). His 28-yard touchdown run made it 24-7 with 10:47 left in the first half.