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.
The stage was set for a big moment on a Friday night in Louisville in September of 2011. Coming off a Sun Belt championship and Little Caesars Bowl win the previous season, FIU ventured into Cardinal Stadium for a prime time ESPN matchup against Louisville in front of a worldwide audience, because this wasn't ESPN the Ocho.
FIU at that time had never beaten what was then referred to as a BCS team (now Power 5 conference team) in its football history.
FIU linebacker Winston Fraser set the tone early with a 71-yard interception return for a touchdown. In the second quarter T.Y. Hilton and Wesley Carroll delivered a one-two punch with long touchdown connections. Carroll found Hilton for scores of 74 and 83 yards to stake FIU to a 21-3 lead. The FIU defense did its part recording six sacks -- two each by Sam Miller and Tourek Williams.
The Panthers went on to a 24-17 win that was not as close as the final score indicated. In the game, Hilton broke his own FIU single-game receiving record with 201 yards and became the first Panther in program history with 200 or more receiving yards in a game and still is to this day.
Next on the Top 15 countdown: How it all started
FIU FOOTBALL'S TOP 15 MOMENTS
10. Hilton Heave