2010 FIU Panthers Football Team
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2010 FIU Panthers Football Team
2010 FIU Panthers football
Florida International University FIU logo.svg
Sun Belt co-champion
Little Caesars Pizza Bowl champion
ConferenceSun Belt Conference
2010 record7-6 (6-2 Sun Belt)
Head coachMario Cristobal (4th season)
Offensive coordinatorScott Satterfield
Offensive schemeSpread
Defensive coordinatorGeoff Collins
Base defense4-3
Home stadiumFIU Stadium
(Capacity: 18,000)
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2010 Sun Belt Conference 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 the 2010 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team was coached by Mario Cristobal and played their homes games at the on-campus FIU Stadium in Miami.

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 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.


September 118:00 p.m.Rutgers*ESPN+L 14-1919,872
September 187:00 p.m.at Texas A&M*L 20-2779,069
September 2512:00 p.m.at Maryland*ESPNUL 28-4233,254
October 23:30 p.m.at Pittsburgh*ESPN3L 17-4445,207
October 93:30 p.m.Western Kentucky
  • FIU Stadium
  • Miami, FL
CST/CSSW 28-2114,335
October 163:30 p.m.at North TexasCST/CSSW 34-1014,718
October 304:00 p.m.at Florida AtlanticL 9-2117,543
November 66:00 p.m.Louisiana-Monroedagger
  • FIU Stadium
  • Miami, FL
CST/CSSW 42-35 2OT17,301
November 133:30 p.m.at TroyCST/CSSW 52-3520,243
November 207:00 p.m.at Louisiana-LafayetteW 38-1713,041
November 273:30 p.m.Arkansas State
  • FIU Stadium
  • Miami, FL
CST/CSSW 31-2414,588
December 46:00 p.m.Middle Tennessee
  • FIU Stadium
  • Miami, FL
ESPN3L 27-2816,628
December 268:30 p.m.vs. Toledo*ESPNW 34-3232,431

Awards and honors

Post-season awards and honors

  • 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

  • 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:

NFL Draft

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


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