FIU and UCF Extend Football Series Through 2016
The football series between FIU and UCF will continue an additional two years through 2016.
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9/5/2013 5:20:00 PM

Miami, Fla. (FIUSports.com) – The football series between FIU and UCF will continue an additional two years through 2016, announced today by FIU Executive Director for Sports and Entertainment Pete Garcia. A date for the 2015 game in Miami has not been determined, while the 2016 contest will be played on Sept. 17 at Bright House Networks Stadium in Orlando.

FIU and UCF will be playing the third of a four-game series this Friday, Sept. 6, at Alfonso Field at FIU Stadium. Kickoff with the Knights is scheduled for 8 p.m. The 2014 game in Orlando will also be played on Sept. 6. Both teams enter tomorrow’s night meeting tied at one game apiece, with both school’s winning on its home field the past two seasons.

“I want to thank UCF Director of Athletics Todd Stansbury and Head Coach George O’Leary for extending the series between FIU and UCF,” said Garcia. “I know that our fans, students and alumni enjoy playing these state rivalry games and we will continue to schedule quality opponents like UCF.”

“It is a great advantage for both of our fan bases, as well as our student-athletes, to continue playing these in-state rivalries,” said Head Coach Ron Turner. “Coach (George) O’Leary has done an outstanding job building his program at UCF. I look forward to continue playing this series for the next three seasons.”

FIU-UCF Series

Sept. 17, 2011        FIU 17, UCF 10       Alfonso Field at FIU Stadium           Miami, Fla.

Sept. 15, 2012        UCF 33, FIU 20       Bright House Networks Stadium   Orlando, Fla.

Sept. 6, 2013          UCF at FIU               Alfonso Field at FIU Stadium           Miami, Fla.

Sept. 6, 2014          FIU at UCF               Bright House Networks Stadium   Orlando, Fla.

TBA                            UCF at FIU               Alfonso Field at FIU Stadium           Miami, Fla.

Sept. 17, 2016        FIU at UCF               Bright House Networks Stadium   Orlando, Fla.

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The first meeting in Miami, on Sept. 17, 2011, was a battle from the opening kickoff to the final whistle, and saw the Panthers outlast the Knights, 17-10.

After a scoreless first quarter, UCF put together a lengthy 18-play, 94-yard drive that resulted in a one-yard scoring run from then-quarterback Jeff Godfrey. With the half seemingly coming to an end, FIU’s Tevin Blanchard sacked and forced a fumble on Godfrey near mid-field where Isame Faciane picked the ball up and raced 51 yards for the game equalizing touchdown.

In the third quarter, both defenses started by forcing punts, but UCF return man Josh Robinson fumbled at his own eight-yard-line. Colt Anderson recovered and after a UCF offside on first down, Darriet Perry darted through on a four-yard score on first down.

Jack Griffin would add a 27-yard field goal at 1:41 in the third quarter, while UCF kicker Nick Cattoi added a 32-yard field goal at 1:52 in the fourth quarter for the game’s final points.

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Last season at Bright House Networks Stadium, UCF would even up the series at a game apiece with its 33-20 defeat of FIU. The Panthers would outscore UCF, 20-10, in the second half, and nearly came within a touchdown during the fourth quarter, but it could not erase the Knights’ dominant 23-0 first half.

The UCF offensive and defensive units would came out real strong in the first half as the Knights shut-out the Panthers 23-0 and held the advantage on first downs (13-2) and total yards (249-26).

FIU’s fight stayed strong in the second-half, outscoring UCF in each of the third (14-7) and fourth (6-3) quarters. FIU also forged a 280-182 total yards advantage in its effort to get back in the game.

The Panthers almost came within a touchdown at 9:16 in the fourth quarter, but missed on the two-point attempt to trail 30-20. UCF would respond with a 6:50 drive ending with a Shawn Moffitt field goal for the eventual 33-20 final. FIU drove to the UCF 38-yard-line, before turning the ball over downs.

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Single-game tickets for FIU Football are now on-sale. Fans can conveniently purchase single-game tickets for the Panthers’ inaugural Conference USA home schedule on-line at FIUSports.com.

Tickets to the home-opener versus in-state rival UCF on Friday, Sept. 6 are available for purchase through one of several affordable season-ticket packages. Season tickets can be purchased or renewed online at FIUSports.com or by calling the FIU Athletics Ticket Office at (305) FIU-GAME.

FIU’s 2013 six-game home schedule features non-conference foes UCF (Sept. 6) and Bethune-Cookman (Sept. 14) and C-USA opponents UAB (Oct. 12), Louisiana Tech (Oct. 26), East Carolina (Nov. 2) and Marshall (Nov. 23). The 2013 Homecoming game will be on Oct. 12 vs. the UAB Blazers.

For the latest information on Panthers football, follow us on Twitter, @FIUFootball, and check out Pete Pelegrin’s in-depth coverage of FIU Athletics on his official blog, The Prowl, at FIUSports.com.

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2013 FIU Football Schedule

Aug. 31 at Maryland (FOX Sports Florida); 12:30 p.m.

Sept. 6 UCF (CBS SN); 8 p.m.

Sept. 14 BETHUNE-COOKMAN; 6 p.m.

Sept. 21 at Louisville; 12 p.m. (WHAS-11 TV)

Oct. 5 at Southern Miss*; 4 p.m. (CSS)

Oct. 12 UAB*; 7:30 p.m. [HOMECOMING] (CSS)

Oct. 26 LOUISIANA TECH*

Nov. 2 EAST CAROLINA*

Nov. 9 at Middle Tennessee* (FOX College Sports); 4 p.m.

Nov. 16 at UTEP*; 8 p.m.

Nov. 23 MARSHALL* (FOX Sports 1)

Nov. 29 at Florida Atlantic* (FOX Sports 1); 3 p.m.

* denotes Conference USA Games

Home games at Alfonso Field at FIU Stadium are capitalized;

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About FIU Athletics: FIU is a proud new member of Conference USA. The University is home to more than 400 student-athletes across 18 intercollegiate athletic programs. The Panthers play events in seven venues on both the Modesto A. Maidique and Biscayne Bay campuses, including Alfonso Field at FIU Stadium, U.S. Century Bank Arena and Biscayne Bay Aquatic Center. FIUSports.com is the official website of FIU Athletics, providing fans with all the latest news and game day ticket information.

About FIU: Florida International University is recognized as a Carnegie engaged university. Its colleges and schools offer more than 180 bachelor¹s, master¹s and doctoral programs in fields such as engineering, international relations, architecture, law and medicine. As one of South Florida¹s anchor institutions, FIU is Worlds Ahead in its local and global engagement, finding solutions to the most challenging problems of our time. FIU emphasizes research as a major component of its mission. FIU has awarded 200,000 degrees and enrolls 50,000 students in two campuses and three centers including FIU Downtown on Brickell and the Miami Beach Urban Studios. For more information about FIU, visit http://www.fiu.edu/.

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