Quentin Williams threw a touchdown in the fourth quarter to help Bethune-Cookman beat host FIU 14-12 in the season opener for both teams Saturday night.
With 12:26 left to play, Williams hit Frank Brown for a 55-yard touchdown pass that put the Wildcats up 14-6.
FIU’s Richard Leonard returned a punt 71 yards to the Bethune-Cookman 7, setting up a 5-yard touchdown catch by T.J. Lowder with 5:15 left. The Panthers’ two-point conversion attempt failed.
Freshman quarterback Alex McGough drove FIU down to the Wildcats’ 29 in the final seconds, but they fumbled the field-goal attempt as time ran out.
Williams had 149 yards passing for Bethune-Cookman.
McGough finished with 98 yards passing and one touchdown after taking over for E.J. Hillard after the first quarter.