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.
How It All Began
When FIU freshman running back Bill Grant took the opening kickoff 26 yards against St. Peter's on August 29, 2002 in front of a sold out FIU Community Stadium, FIU football was born.
The Panthers would go on to defeat the Peacocks 27-3 in the inaugural game of the FIU program. FIU scored its first touchdown ever with 8:18 left in the first quarter on a 5-yard pass by Jamie Burke to fullback Jerrid Lundstedt. FIU led 13-0 after the first quarter and had a 27-0 lead at halftime against the now-defunct St. Peter's football team.
Among some other firsts that game: Burke had the first FIU rushing touchdown. Cornerback Greg Moss had the first tackle in program history. John Haritan blocked the first punt. Nick Carreno had the first sack in FIU history. Everett Baker recovered the first fumble and Nick Turnbull had the first FIU interception.
FIU finished its first season 5-6, winning all five of its games at home to finish with a 5-2 home record.
Next on the Top 15 countdown: Weaving a championship
FIU FOOTBALL'S TOP 15 MOMENTS
10. Hilton Heave