MIAMI (AP) -- Calvin Dawson rushed for 129 yards and scored twice as Louisiana-Monroe defeated Florida International 35-0 Saturday.
Lousiana-Monroe (2-7, 1-4) turned FIU turnovers into scoring opportunities, running an interception back for a touchdown and recovering two fumbles that led to two TD drives.
The Warhawks defense held Florida International (0-9, 0-4 Sun Belt) to 10 yards rushing.
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FIU suffered its first shutout loss at its home stadium, and Louisiana-Monroe notched its first shutout victory since 1999.
Chaz Williams' 26-yard interception return gave Louisiana-Monroe a 14-0 lead with 5:19 left in the first quarter.
A fumble recovery by Greg James at the Warhawks 21 helped set up a 13-play, 79-yard drive that ended with Chance Payne's 3-yard touchdown pass to Mitch Doyle with 5:43 remaining in the second quarter to make the score 21-0.
James caused another FIU fumble by knocking the ball out of Jeremy Dickens' hands. Williams recovered the ball at the Warhawks 48, sparking a 10-play, 52-yard drive that ended with Dawson's 2-yard TD with 4:23 left in the third quarter.
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