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.
Conquest of Troy
Throughout its time in the Sun Belt Conference, FIU could not get past the conference's perennial power, Troy. The Panthers came close on several occasions, but could not breakthrough with a win in the teams first six games dating back to 2003.
However, in the 2010 season FIU ran over Troy literally and figuratively in a 52-35 win in Alabama. The Panthers amassed a program-record 448 rushing yards that day and buoyed by a 31-point second quarter destroyed the Trojans.
FIU had three 100-yard rushers against Troy led by Darriet Perry, who rushed for 186 yards and a touchdown. T.Y. Hilton rushed for 158 yards, including an 80-yard touchdown run and a 61-yard touchdown run. Darian Mallary rushed for 118 yards and a score. FIU totaled a program-record 668 total yards against Troy. Both the 448 rushing yards and 668 total yards are still FIU single-game records.
Although FIU finished the season with a 6-2 record in Sun Belt play, the Panthers had to share the conference title with Troy because the Trojans also finished 6-2. Back then the Sun Belt Conference did not use the head-to-head tiebreaker that would have given FIU the SBC title outright.
The following season FIU also defeated Troy 23-20 in overtime.
Next on the Top 15 countdown: FIU ties an NCAA record
FIU FOOTBALL'S TOP 15 MOMENTS
10. Hilton Heave