IU uses fourth quarter surge to beat Florida International in season opener

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MIAMI, FL - SEPTEMBER 01: Richard Lagow #21 of the Indiana Hoosiers scores a touchdown past Niko Gonzalez #33 of the FIU Panthers during the game at FIU Stadium on September 1, 2016 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)

MIAMI — Richard Lagow passed for one score and ran for another in the fourth quarter, and Indiana returned two interceptions for touchdowns in its season-opening 34-13 win over Florida International Thursday night.

It wasn’t as easy as it looked: Indiana trailed 13-12 going into the final quarter.

But Lagow connected with Daniel Friend on a 21-yard touchdown pass to put Indiana on top for good, capped the next Hoosiers drive with a 6-yard scoring run and Tegray Scales ended all doubt with a 16-yard interception return for another score.

Devine Redding rushed for 135 yards and Rashard Fant returned an interception 34 yards for a touchdown for Indiana (1-0). It was Indiana’s first time with two interception-return touchdowns in the same game since 1966, school officials said. The Hoosiers outgained the Panthers 486 to 331 yards.

The game had a little of everything: a safety, a missed field goal, a bad snap on another field goal try, two defensive touchdowns and even an end-around for a 2-point conversion by the Hoosiers.

Friend’s touchdown was his first in four years with the Hoosiers, two of those seasons getting cut short by injury.

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