Rodriguez, Florida Atlantic run past Florida International
Jaquez Johnson completed 10 of 19 passes for 113 yards and added 64 yards rushing on nine carries for FAU (2-6, 2-6 Conference USA), which snapped a three-game skid.
FAU forced the Panthers to punt on their ensuing possession before Jason Driskel's 6-yard scoring run made it 14-0 early in the second quarter.
FIU (4-5, 2-3) cut its deficit to 17-10 on a 47-yard field goal by Austin Taylor with 5:45 left in the third, but Florida Atlantic responded with a 17-play, 78-yard drive that chewed up more than eight minutes and culminated with a 1-yard touchdown run by Rodriguez.
Jalen Young's 58-yard interception return for a touchdown made it 31-10 with 3:01 to play.