TROY, Ala. | Three players ran for more than 100 yards and Florida International set a school record for rushing yards in a 52-35 win over Troy on Saturday.
Darriet Perry ran for 186 yards, T.Y. Hilton 158 and Darian Mallary 118 as the Golden Panthers (4-5, 4-1 Sun Belt) moved into first place in the conference. FIU's 448 rushing yards were the most it has had in a single game.
"I have to believe that this is the biggest win in program history," FIU coach Mario Cristobal said. "It's a tribute to everyone in that locker room to find a way to keep pressing on."
FIU struck for big plays all game, scoring four times from 50 yards out or more. Mallary put FIU ahead 7-0 on a 55-yard reception from Wes Carroll. Hilton scored on an 80-yard run in the second quarter and a 61-yard run in the third quarter, and Carroll hit Greg Ellingson with a 52-yard touchdown pass late in the first half.
It was the first home loss for Troy (5-4, 4-2) since 2007, and the Trojans are in danger of having a four-year conference championship streak snapped.
The score was tied at 7 in the second quarter before FIU scored 31 points to take a 38-21 lead into the half.
FIU's Carroll was 8-for-15 passing, but threw for 220 yards and three touchdowns.
Shawn Southward scored three touchdowns for Troy and Corey Robinson had 299 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions on 28-for-47 passing. Troy cut the lead to 45-35 late in the third quarter on a DuJuan Harris 9-yard run, but didn't score again.
"(The score) was always really close to me because we know that's what they can do," Cristobal said. "We talked to our guys about trying to dominate each and every player."