Shula Bowl

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Shula Bowl
Sport Football
First meeting November 23, 2002
FAU 31, FIU 21
Latest meeting October 31, 2015
FAU 31, FIU 17
Next meeting TBA in Miami, FL
Trophy Don Shula Award
Meetings total 14
All-time series FAU leads, 10-4 (.714)
Largest victory FIU, 52-6 (2005)
Longest streak FAU, 5 (2006-2010)
Current streak FAU, 1 (2015-present)
Shula Bowl is located in Florida
Locations in Florida

The Shula Bowl is an annual college football rivalry game between the Florida Atlantic University Owls and the Florida International University Panthers. The game's winner receives a traveling trophy, the "Don Shula Award," for one year. The current winner is FAU, winning 31-17 on 31 October 2015. Florida Atlantic leads the all-time series ten games to four.[1]

The game and trophy are named after former Miami Dolphins head coach Don Shula. Don Shula was the head coach of the Miami Dolphins from 1970 to 1995. Each school's first head coach has previous ties to Don Shula. Florida Atlantic's first head coach Howard Schnellenberger was an assistant of Shula in the 1970s, and FIU's first head coach Don Strock, was a player under Shula in the 1970s and 1980s.[2] Don Shula set numerous records as head coach of the Miami Dolphins and his legacy is seen throughout the Miami area. The Shula Bowl pays homage to Shula, to South Florida football and the ties and history of both universities.

Game location[edit]

The Shula Bowl was first played at Sun Life Stadium, then known as Pro Player Stadium, in present day Miami Gardens, Florida on 23 November 2002. The game alternates between Florida Atlantic and FIU's home fields. Until 2010, Florida Atlantic used Pro Player Stadium (later renamed Dolphin Stadium in 2006) as their home field, where FIU has always used FIU Stadium on the FIU campus as its home field. In 2007, FIU used the Miami Orange Bowl in Little Havana, Miami as its home field, while FIU Stadium was undergoing an expansion. The 2007 game was played in the final months of the Orange Bowl before being demolished for the construction of Marlins Park.[3] beginning in 2012, Florida Atlantic used its newly built FAU Stadium in Boca Raton as its home field, marking the first time the Shula Bowl was played on both rival schools' campuses.


For years the game was telecast on the ESPN family of networks through an agreement to broadcast games in the Sun Belt Conference. In 2013, both schools moved to Conference USA, and the game was instead aired on Fox Sports 1, as C-USA does not currently air games on the ESPN networks (save for the conference championship game).

Game results[edit]

Florida Atlantic victories FIU victories
# Date Location Winner Score
1 November 23, 2002 Miami Florida Atlantic 31–21
2 November 22, 2003 Miami Florida Atlantic 32–23
3 December 4, 2004 Miami Gardens Florida Atlantic 17–10
4 November 26, 2005 Miami FIU 52–6
5 November 25, 2006 Miami Gardens Florida Atlantic 31–0
6 November 24, 2007 Miami Florida Atlantic 55–23
7 November 29, 2008 Miami Gardens Florida Atlantic 57–50
8 December 5, 2009 Miami Florida Atlantic 28–21
9 October 30, 2010 Fort Lauderdale Florida Atlantic 21–9
10 November 12, 2011 Miami FIU 41–7
11 November 16, 2012 Boca Raton FIU 34–24
12 November 29, 2013 Boca Raton Florida Atlantic 21–6
13 October 2, 2014 Miami FIU 38–10
14 October 31, 2015 Boca Raton Florida Atlantic 31–17
Series: Florida Atlantic leads 10–4