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After season-ending loss, FIU looks to 2017

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Things started miserably this season for the Florida International Panthers. After an 0-4 start, Coach Ron Turner was let go and replaced by Defensive Coordinator Ron Cooper on an interim basis. Cooper coached his final game on Saturday, a 42-28 loss at Old Dominion. Despite the setback, there are some positive things to point toward in 2017. After the rough beginning, the Panthers responded to Cooper, winning their next three games. Saturday’s loss left him with a 4-4 record in…

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FIU’s flawless second half leads to big win over Marshall

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Saturday’s game between the Florida International Panthers and the Marshall Thundering Herd started off as a turnover fest, but it did not end that way. The Panthers used a highly proficient offense in the second half to pull away from Marshall and roll to a 31-14 victory in Miami. After taking the opening kickoff and marching 82 yards in four plays to take a 7-0 lead, quarterback Maurice Alexander threw interceptions in back-to-back possessions. Alexander was playing in place of…

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Late “pick six” dooms FIU in loss to Middle Tennessee

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The Florida International Panthers were going for their best win of the season, but in the end turnovers kept them out of the winner’s circle. The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders escaped with a 42-35 win on Saturday night in Miami. It looked like the Raiders would have an easy time of it, jumping out to a 21-0 lead less than six minutes into the game. FIU didn’t quit, scoring 21 of the next 28 points to trail only 28-21 at…

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Louisiana Tech snaps FIU’s winning streak, 44-24

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All good things must come to an end, including the three-game winning streak by the Florida International Panthers. Louisiana Tech came to Miami and knocked off FIU 44-24 in a Conference USA contest. The Bulldogs were two-touchdown favorites, but after taking a 27-10 lead at halftime, FIU had a chance to make it a game. A 99-yard drive early in the third quarter, capped by a 30-yard touchdown pass from Alex McGough to Thomas Owens, made it 27-17. After FIU…

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Downtrodden Florida football teams making comebacks

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For the most part, Florida football fans — both college and pro — have not had a lot to cheer about in recent years. Lately, however, football fans around the state have had some reason to cheer on both Saturday and Sunday. Unless one was a Florida State fan, supporters of Florida’s teams had to be satisfied with an occasional strong performance. The Seminoles have been a championship contender over the past five seasons. It has been a tough go…

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Late comeback leads FIU to third straight victory

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The Florida Atlantic Golden Panthers edged the Charlotte 49ers 27-26 in a thriller on Saturday night in Charlotte. The victory was FIU’s third consecutive win after opening the season at 0-4. FIU needed a dramatic comeback to earn the victory. Trailing by two touchdowns with only 7:12 to play, The Panthers scored 14 points in a span of six minutes to take a one-point lead. Charlotte took the ball on their own 30 and drove to the Panthers’ 32 with…

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FIU picks up second straight win, beats UTEP 35-21

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Ron Cooper has a perfect record as Head Coach of the Florida International Panthers. Saturday’s 35-21 win over the Texas-El Paso Miners in west Texas gave Cooper his second win since becoming the interim coach. Saturday’s win followed last week’s 33-31 squeaker over Florida Atlantic. Cooper took over when Ron Turner was fired on September 25. The Panthers dominated the game, piling up 500 yards of total offense, while the Miners could manage only 330. FIU ran the ball better…

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