Shula Bowl

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Shula Bowl
Sport Football
First meeting November 23, 2002
FAU 31, FIU 21
Latest meeting October 2, 2014
FIU 38, FAU 10
Trophy Don Shula Award
Meetings total 13
All-time series FAU leads, 9-4
Largest victory 46; FIU (2005)
Longest win streak 5; FAU (2006-2010)
Current win streak 1; FIU

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 FIU, winning 38-10 on 2 October 2014. Florida Atlantic leads the all-time series nine 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]

The Shula Award, which is presented to the winner of the Shula Bowl.
Game Date Winner Score Stadium City Attendance Series
November 23, 2002 Florida Atlantic
Pro Player Stadium Miami, FL 10,224 Florida Atlantic 1-0
November 22, 2003 Florida Atlantic
FIU Stadium Miami, FL 9,288 Florida Atlantic 2-0
December 4, 2004 Florida Atlantic
Pro Player Stadium Miami Gardens, FL 16,262 Florida Atlantic 3-0
November 26, 2005 FIU
FIU Stadium Miami, FL 15,322 Florida Atlantic 3-1
November 25, 2006 Florida Atlantic
Dolphin Stadium Miami Gardens, FL 9,655 Florida Atlantic 4-1
November 24, 2007 Florida Atlantic
Miami Orange Bowl Miami, FL 6,122 Florida Atlantic 5-1
November 29, 2008 Florida Atlantic
57-50 (OT)
Dolphin Stadium Miami Gardens, FL 16,781 Florida Atlantic 6-1
December 5, 2009 Florida Atlantic
FIU Stadium Miami, FL 10,108 Florida Atlantic 7-1
October 30, 2010 Florida Atlantic
Lockhart Stadium Fort Lauderdale, FL 17,543 Florida Atlantic 8-1
November 12, 2011 FIU
FIU Stadium Miami, FL 17,378 Florida Atlantic 8-2
November 16, 2012 FIU
FAU Stadium Boca Raton, FL 15,405 Florida Atlantic 8-3
November 29, 2013 Florida Atlantic
FAU Stadium Boca Raton, FL 10,428 Florida Atlantic 9-3
October 2, 2014 FIU
FIU Stadium Miami, FL 12,544 Florida Atlantic 9-4
October 31, 2015 TBD
FAU Stadium Boca Raton, FL TBD Florida Atlantic 9-4