FIU football turns 15 years old when the 2016 season kicks off against Indiana on September 1. In their short history the Panthers have had some memorable moments -- most of them in wins but some in losses as well. To commemorate the 15 years of FIU football as we get closer to the season opener, I'll count down the Top 15 moments in FIU football history
Having covered FIU football since its first game in August 2002 when I worked for the local newspaper, the following countdown is what I believe are the Top 15 moments. Of course, you may disagree so feel free to let me know what you think in the comments section.
KILLER B's DEFENSE
This is not necessarily one particular moment, but the 2006 FIU defense provided plenty of moments that season. FIU was winless in 2006 but its defense was not part of the reasons why the Panthers did not scratch the win column that season. Before the 2006 season FIU was expected to compete with then-Sun Belt Conference power Troy for the league title. The Panthers had most of their starters back from the 2005 team that won four of the last five games to finish 5-6.
But to start 2006, FIU lost five of its first six games by a total of 14 points and then the brawl with the school across town happened and the season spiraled from there. Still, the FIU defense led by the Killer B's linebacking trio of Antwan Barnes (42), Alexander Bostic (45) and Keyonvis Bouie (7) kept FIU in games.
Despite going 0-12 that season, FIU led the nation, yes the nation, in tackles for loss and finished 28th in total defense in the NCAA. To this day the 2006 Panthers defense holds the FIU record for fewest total yards allowed in a season (300.9 per game) and most tackles for loss in a season (98).
The 2006 FIU defense also is among the leaders in all-time FIU defensive records. The '06 D allowed the second fewest passing yards in an FIU season with 147.7 per game. Only the inaugural 2002 FIU defense allowed fewer at 117 passing yards per game.
The 2006 FIU defense is third all-time in rushing yards allowed in a season with 153.2 per game. The 2011 FIU defense allowed 118.1 rushing yards per game and the 2012 FIU defense allowed 140.8 rushing yards per game.
Although the 2006 FIU offense didn't provide much firepower, the '06 defense held opponents to 26.1 points per game, which ranks fourth all-time at FIU. The 2011 FIU defense allowed 19.5 points per game to hold the record.
Bouie went on to become the 2006 Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Year after racking up 119 total tackles and 18 tackles for loss. Bouie's 119 tackles is still the FIU single-season record as are his 68 solo tackles in 2006.
Next on the Top 15 countdown: A fantastic finish
FIU FOOTBALL'S TOP 15 MOMENTS
15. Rashod Smith Runs for 262
14. FIU D Wrecks Texas Heisman Candidate
13. Rolling Moss Gathers TDs