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.
THAT'S HOW YOU CLOSE THE ORANGE BOWL
The venerable Orange Bowl was home to some of the most historic football games in the history of the sport. Whether it was the many Super Bowls it hosted or the halcyon days of the Miami Dolphins, including the NFL's only perfect season in 1972.
In 2007, while FIU Stadium was being renovated, FIU played its home games at the Orange Bowl. The Panthers entered 2007 on a 12-game losing streak and saw the slide grow to 23 games before the season finale against North Texas.
Earlier in the 2007 season the college team from Coral Gables, who played their home games at the Orange Bowl, couldn't properly close the OB getting shutout by Virginia in their final OB game. So it was up to FIU if the Orange Bowl was going to go out a winner.
Early on the Mean Green led 12-7 but the Panthers scored 21 unanswered points led by an 84-yard kickoff return touchdown by Lionell Singleton and two touchdown passes by quarterback Paul McCall.
The FIU defense also got into the act recording two interceptions and Panthers defensive end Audric Adger tied a program-record with four sacks that night. FIU snapped the long losing skid with an emphatic 38-19 win and gave the grand old Orange Bowl a proper send off in the final football game played at the stadium.
Next on the Top 15 countdown: The road to victory comes off the bench
FIU FOOTBALL'S TOP 15 MOMENTS
10. Hilton Heave