A first-time opponent for FIU football means another edition of The Other Game. FIU enters this matchup in The Other Game with a 55-game winning streak on the line. UTSA like FIU is a very young football program and a relatively young university as well as it was established in 1969.
The Panthers and Roadrunners kickoff their game from the Alamodome at 7 p.m. Saturday. FIU and UTSA kickoff The Other Game now.
FIU vs. UTSA -- The Other Game
-- FIU won its inaugural game at The Cage, 27-3 against St. Peter's. UTSA won the first game at Houston's new TDECU Stadium, nicknamed "The Cage", 27-7. The Panthers allowed four less points. FIU 1, UTSA 0.
-- If we are going by Looney Tunes cartoons, UTSA would obviously be the Road Runner. FIU's closest Looney Tunes character would be Sylvester the Cat because FIU's nickname is the Panthers. The Road Runner always won his battles with Wile E. Coyote while Sylvester lost to Tweety. FIU 1, UTSA 1.
-- Out in the real world, Panthers eat roadrunners. FIU 2, UTSA 1.
-- UTSA's home city, San Antonio, is known as the River City and one of its most popular attractions is the River Walk. You don't really want to visit the Miami River. FIU 2, UTSA 2.
-- FIU has a Spearman as in running back Silas Spearman. UTSA has safety Gage Hadlock, whose last name is close enough to haddock like the fish. You know what a spearman does to fish. FIU 3, UTSA 2.
-- FIU was built on an old airport and to this today the air control tower from that airport is in place as a historical landmark. You can also see the downtown Miami skyline from FIU. UTSA was built on 600 acres in northwest San Antonio. Ho-hum. The governor of Texas did sign the bill establishing UTSA on the back of a state representative and the first diploma was also signed on the back of the same state rep. FIU 4, UTSA 2.
-- UTSA has plenty of royalty on its roster in safety Brian King, running back Andrew King and safety Duke Wheeler. FIU does not. FIU 4, UTSA 3.
-- UTSA's rival, Texas State, once had Kathy Ireland as its kicker, well kind of. Ireland played Texas State's kicker in the movie "Necessary Roughness". FIU's rival Florida Atlantic never had Ireland as its kicker. FIU 4, UTSA 4.
-- Butlers: FIU has linebacker Fred Russ, whose name could be short for Alfred, Bruce Wayne's butler. UTSA has Miles Lerch, same pronunciation but different spelling for Lurch, the Addams Family butler. Although Lurch was a big dude, Alfred got stuff done. FIU 5, UTSA 4. Bonus: UTSA defensive tackle Ferrington Macon has a butler's first name.
-- UTSA offensive graduate assistant is Giovanni Vizza, a former North Texas quarterback. The last defense Vizza wants to see is the FIU defense from 2007 and 2008. In 2007, Vizza was sacked four times and threw two interceptions in a 38-19 FIU win in the last game played in the historic Orange Bowl. In 2008, Vizza was picked off three times by FIU in a 42-10 loss to the Panthers in Denton, Texas. FIU 6, UTSA 4.