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Jake Medlock, FIU Panthers air it out against UAB

 
 
Panthers quarterback Jake Medlock (12) throws a long bomb for a first down in the second quarter as Florida International University hosts the University of Alabama at Birmingham at Alfonso Field at FIU Stadium on Saturday, October 12, 2013.
Panthers quarterback Jake Medlock (12) throws a long bomb for a first down in the second quarter as Florida International University hosts the University of Alabama at Birmingham at Alfonso Field at FIU Stadium on Saturday, October 12, 2013.
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mkelley@MiamiHerald.com

FIU coach Ron Turner entered Saturday’s game looking for quarterback Jake Medlock to air it out against UAB. The first half featured three of FIU’s four longest pass plays of the season.

Medlock tied a season long by completing a second-quarter pass for 48 yards to wide receiver Rockey Vann, who also caught a 40-yarder later in the quarter. Medlock’s second-longest completion of the year also came in the second quarter, a 44-yard gain caught by Taylor Clinton.

Offensive milestones

Medlock capped off FIU’s first drive with a 15-yard scoring toss, the first touchdown FIU has scored in the first quarter of any game this season.

Medlock’s second-quarter bomb to Vann resulted in a gain of 48 yards, the longest catch of the senior receiver’s injury-plagued career.

On FIU’s first drive of the game, Medlock delivered a 1st-and-10 slant pass to Ya’keem Griner. The redshirt sophomore tight end fought through a tackle and crossed the goal line for the first time in his collegiate career.

Davis gets the nod

Turner spent all week praising the physical play of junior safety Demarkus Perkins in last Saturday’s win against Southern Mississippi.

Perkins, however, did not start against UAB. In his place, redshirt freshman Jordan Davis got the start at safety.

Davis had recorded 12 total tackles in four games heading into Saturday, but he recorded six stops in the first quarter alone against UAB.

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