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.
Many Happy Returns
FIU experienced some frustrations early in the Don Shula Bowl series against Florida Atlantic losing the first three games of the rivalry by an average of 8.6 points. In Don Shula Bowl IV at old FIU Stadium, the Panthers erased the woes of the first three games and in a huge way.
FIU tied an NCAA record set by Houston, by returning four interceptions for touchdowns in a 52-6 pasting of FAU. Keyonvis Bouie, Lionell Singleton, Nick Turnbull and Marshall McDuffie each returned an interception for a touchdown to put the Panthers in the NCAA record book.
Running back Ben West secured game MVP honors for FIU by rushing for 140 yards and three touchdowns. Including the victory against FAU, FIU won four of its last five games in that 2005 season to finish 5-6.
Next on the Top 15 countdown: FIU defeats a ranked team for the first time
FIU FOOTBALL'S TOP 15 MOMENTS
10. Hilton Heave