LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) Grayson James threw touchdown passes on three straight possessions in the first half to guide Florida International to a 21-7 victory over New Mexico State on Saturday night.
James connected with Tyrese Chambers for a 4-yard touchdown and a 7-0 lead for Florida International (2-2) after one quarter.
New Mexico State (1-5) knotted the score at 7 just 2:02 into the second quarter on Star Thomas' 2-yard touchdown run.
James answered on the Panthers' next possession with a 25-yard touchdown throw to Jalen Bracey and followed with a 60-yard scoring strike to Lexington Joseph with 6 minutes remaining before halftime. Neither team scored after that.
James completed 13 of 19 passes for 175 yards and ran for 43 yards on 18 carries for the Panthers.
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