2008 FIU Golden Panthers football team

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2008 FIU Golden Panthers football
Florida International University FIU logo.svg
Conference Sun Belt Conference
2008 record 5–7 (3–4 SBC)
Head coach Mario Cristobal
Offensive coordinator Bill Legg
Offensive scheme Spread
Defensive coordinator Phil Galiano
Base defense 4-3
Home stadium FIU Stadium
Seasons
« 2007 2009 »
2008 Sun Belt football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Troy   6 1         8 5  
Louisiana–Lafayette   5 2         6 6  
Florida Atlantic   4 3         7 6  
Arkansas State   4 3         6 6  
FIU   3 4         5 7  
Middle Tennessee   3 4         5 7  
Louisiana–Monroe   3 4         4 8  
North Texas   0 7         1 11  
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2008 FIU Golden Panthers football team represents Florida International University in their 4th season of NCAA Division I FBS football and their 7th season overall. The team is coached by Mario Cristobal and play their homes games at the on-campus FIU Stadium.

Regular season[edit]

The 2008 season started off with a loss at 13th-ranked Kansas, 40–10. Following that, Iowa routed FIU, 42–0. FIU then faced its highest-ranked opponent in school history, 12th-ranked South Florida, for the inaugural game of the new FIU Stadium. Trailing 17-0 with 2:30 left in the game FIU attained a safety, and subsequently scored a touchdown. FIU lost, 17–9, but played acted as a spoiler for South Florida, with the latter falling three spots in the rankings. The game against Toledo became their first-ever out-of-conference FBS win. Against, Toledo, FIU forced four turnovers and recorded its first road win since 2005.[citation needed]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent Site TV Result Attendance
8/30/08 7:00pm at #13 Kansas* Memorial StadiumLawrence, KS L 40-10   52,112
9/6/08 12:00pm at Iowa* Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA BTN L 42-0   70,585
9/20/08 5:00pm #12 South Florida* FIU StadiumMiami, FL ESPNU L 17-9   16,717
9/27/08 7:00pm at Toledo* Glass BowlToledo, OH BCSN W 35-16   19,004
10/4/08 7:00pm at North Texas Fouts FieldDenton, TX ESPN Plus W 42-10   16,781
10/11/08 7:00pm MTSU FIU StadiumMiami, FL W 31-21   15,108
10/18/08 7:00pm at Troy Movie Gallery StadiumTroy, AL ESPN Plus L 33-23   19,316
11/1/08 5:00pm at Louisiana-Lafayette Cajun FieldLafayette, LA L 20-49   29,031
11/8/08 7:00pm Arkansas Statedagger FIU StadiumMiami, FL W 22-21   15,106
11/22/08 7:00pm Louisiana-Monroe FIU StadiumMiami, FL L 27-31   12,925
11/29/08 4:00pm at FAU Dolphin StadiumMiami Gardens, FL (Shula Bowl VII) L 50-57   16,781
12/6/08 7:00pm Western Kentucky* FIU StadiumMiami, FL W 27-3   9,405
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. All times are in Eastern Time.

Coaching staff[edit]

Name Current Title Years at
FIU
Alma mater
Mario Cristobal Head Coach 2006 - Miami
Bill Legg Offensive Coordinator
Quarterbacks
2008 - West Virginia
Phil Galiano Defensive Coordinator
Linebackers
2007 - Shippensburg
Apollo Wright Special Teams Coordinator 2001 - Wagner College
Mike Cassano Assistant Head Coach
Running Backs/Recruiting
2006 - New Hampshire
Bernard Clark Assistant Head Coach
Defensive Line
2004–2005, 2007 - Miami
Greg Laffere Assistant Head Coach
Offensive Line
2005 - Miami
Alex Mirabal Assistant Head Coach
Tight Ends
2006 - FIU
Frank Ponce Assistant Head Coach
Wide Receivers
2005 - FIU
Jeff Popovich Assistant Head Coach
Secondary
2006 - Miami
Roderick Moore Strength &
Conditioning Coach
- -
Chris Siegle Graduate Assistant Coach 2005 - -
Dennis Smith Graduate Assistant Coach 2006 - Miami

See also[edit]

Game notes[edit]

Kansas[edit]

Overall: (0-1), Conference: (0-2)

1 2 3 4 Total
FIU 0 10 0 0 10
Kansas 7 23 10 0 40


Iowa[edit]

Overall: (0-2), Conference: (0-0)

1 2 3 4 Total
FIU 0 0 0 0 0
Iowa 21 14 0 7 42


South Florida[edit]

Overall: (0-3), Conference: (0-0)

1 2 3 4 Total
South Florida 7 3 0 7 17
FIU 0 0 0 9 9


Toledo[edit]

Overall: (1-3), Conference: (0-0)

1 2 3 4 Total
FIU 0 14 21 0 35
Toledo 13 3 0 0 16


North Texas[edit]

Overall: (2-3), Conference: (1-0)

1 2 3 4 Total
FIU 14 14 7 7 42
North Texas 0 0 3 7 10


Middle Tennessee[edit]

Overall: (3-3), Conference: (2-0)

1 2 3 4 Total
Middle Tennessee 3 0 10 8 21
FIU 0 10 14 7 31


Troy[edit]

Overall: (3-4), Conference: (2-1)

1 2 3 4 Total
FIU 9 7 0 7 23
Troy 16 3 7 7 33


Louisiana-Lafayette[edit]

Overall: (3-5), Conference: (2-2)

1 2 3 4 Total
FIU 14 0 0 6 20
Louisiana-Lafayette 7 28 14 0 49


Arkansas State[edit]

Overall: (4-5), Conference: (3-2)

1 2 3 4 Total
Arkansas State 0 7 7 7 21
FIU 0 6 6 10 22


Louisiana-Monroe[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Louisiana-Monroe 0 21 10 0 31
FIU 3 0 14 10 27


Florida Atlantic[edit]

Shula Bowl

1 2 3 4 OT Total
FIU 7 9 6 28 0 50
Florida Atlantic 14 0 8 28 7 57


Western Kentucky[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Western Kentucky 3 0 0 0 3
FIU 0 7 6 14 27