2010 FIU Panthers football team

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2010 FIU Panthers football
Florida International University FIU logo.svg
Sun Belt Co-Champions
Little Caesars Pizza Bowl Champions
Conference Sun Belt Conference
2010 record 7–6 (6–2 SBC)
Head coach Mario Cristobal
Offensive coordinator Scott Satterfield
Offensive scheme Spread
Defensive coordinator Geoff Collins
Base defense 4-3
Home stadium FIU Stadium
(Capacity: 18,000)
« 2009 2011 »
2010 Sun Belt football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
FIU +   6 2         7 6  
Troy +   6 2         8 5  
Middle Tennessee   5 3         6 7  
Arkansas State   4 4         4 8  
Louisiana–Monroe   4 4         5 7  
Florida Atlantic   3 5         4 8  
Louisiana–Lafayette   3 5         3 9  
North Texas   3 5         3 9  
WKU   2 6         2 10  
  • + – Conference co-champions
As of January 11, 2011; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2010 FIU Panthers football team represented Florida International University during their 6th season of NCAA Division I FBS football and their 9th season overall. The team was coached by Mario Cristobal and played their homes games at the on-campus FIU Stadium in Miami, Florida, United States.

On November 27, 2010, the FIU Panthers won a share of their first ever Sun Belt Conference Championship and became eligible to compete in a post-season bowl game for the first time in school history. The Panthers had the opportunity to win the Sun Belt Conference outright but faltered against the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders in the final game of regular season, 27–28. At the end of the regular season, FIU accepted an invitation to play in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl on December 26, 2010, where they faced Toledo of the Mid-American Conference. FIU defeated Toledo 34–32, and clinched the school's first ever bowl game victory on the final play of the game with a 34-yard field goal by kicker Jack Griffin. FIU finished the 2010 season with a record of 7–6 (6–2 Sun Belt) and first winning season in school history.


The 2010 season marked FIU football's first winning season in school history, going 7-6 overall, and 6-2 in conference play. Additionally, FIU went on to its first bowl game in school history, the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl versus the University of Toledo. The team went on to win the bowl game, making history as the school's first bowl game and bowl win.

The Rutgers University home opener game on September 11, 2010 broke attendance records at FIU Stadium for the season, with a record crowd of 19,872.


Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 11 8:00 PM Rutgers* FIU StadiumMiami, FL ESPN+ L 14–19   19,872
September 18 7:00 PM at Texas A&M* Kyle FieldCollege Station, TX L 20–27   79,069
September 25 12:00 PM at Maryland* Byrd StadiumCollege Park, MD ESPNU L 28–42   33,254
October 2 3:30 PM at Pittsburgh* Heinz FieldPittsburgh, PA ESPN3 L 17–44   45,207
October 9 3:30 PM Western Kentucky FIU Stadium • Miami, FL CST/CSS W 28–21   14,335
October 16 3:30 PM at North Texas Fouts FieldDenton, TX CST/CSS W 34–10   14,718
October 30 4:00 PM at Florida Atlantic Lockhart StadiumFt. Lauderdale, FL (Shula Bowl IX) L 9–21   17,543
November 6 6:00 PM Louisiana-Monroedagger FIU Stadium • Miami, FL CST/CSS W 42–35 2OT  17,301
November 13 3:30 PM at Troy Veterans Memorial StadiumTroy, AL CST/CSS W 52–35   20,243
November 20 7:00 PM at Louisiana-Lafayette Cajun FieldLafayette, LA W 38–17   13,041
November 27 3:30 PM Arkansas State FIU Stadium • Miami, FL CST/CSS W 31–24   14,588
December 4 6:00 PM Middle Tennessee FIU Stadium • Miami, FL ESPN3 L 27–28   16,628
December 26 8:30 PM vs. Toledo* Ford FieldDetroit, MI (Little Caesars Pizza Bowl) ESPN W 34–32   32,431
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. All times are in Eastern Time.

Awards and honors[edit]

Post-season awards and honors[edit]

  • Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year: T.Y. Hilton (WR, Jr.)
  • Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year: Mario Cristobal

All-Sun Belt honors[edit]

  • First Team All-Sun Belt Conference:
    • T.Y. Hilton (WR & Return Specialist, Jr.)
    • Brad Serini (OL, Sr.)
    • Jarvis Wilson (DL, Sr.)
    • Toronto Smith (LB, Sr.)
    • Anthony Gaitor (DB, Sr.)
  • Second Team All-Sun Belt Conference:
    • Darriet Perry (RB, Jr.)
    • Tourek Williams (DL, So.)
    • Johnathan Cyprien (DB, So.)
    • T.Y. Hilton (All-Purpose, Jr.)
  • Honorable Mention All-Sun Belt Conference:
    • Greg Ellingson (WR, Sr.)
    • Winston Fraser (LB, R-So.)

NFL Draft[edit]

7th Round, 222nd Overall Pick by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers—Sr. CB Anthony Gaitor