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Team suffers undeniable setback
Posted By Jay Ramos On Oct 31 2010 @ 8:29 pm In FIU | No Comments
The Golden Panthers had everything set up to start conference play 4-0 with putrid teams in front of them before going to Troy and playing Arkansas State and Middle Tennessee at home down the stretch.
Before next weekend’s homecoming match vs. ULM, FIU just needed to beat a 1-5 FAU team across the street at Lockhart stadium. Let me establish how bad FAU really is. The Owls recently lost to a depleted North Texas team that FIU ran over on the road just last week. The Owls are ranked near the bottom of the nation in rushing offense, with starting running back Alfred Morris (All-SBC in 09′) averaging just 2.7 yards per carry. The Owl’s have a terrible offensive line.
And you can chalk up their 21-9 win to the adrenaline that comes with a rivalry game that is always going to be played close, but if that is the case, why didn’t FIU return the adrenaline?
Why did FIU allow Alfred Morris to get 96 yards in 20 carries?
Why did they fail to score a touchdown against a unimpressive defense?
Morris’ 96 yards were a bit misleadinhg since 21 of them came on one carry, but let’s not forget that Willie Floyd also got 93 yards on just nine carries.
I won’t question the team’s decision to go to Wayne Times over T.Y Hilton in the goal line wildcat, because Times has shown he can be effective in it as well and we would be playing the results if he scored.
The thing here, is that the Golds were able to get a running game going as well, behind Kerick Rhodes. But late in the game, they couldn’t complete a pass, let alone avoid an interception after three of them late.
The performance was a set back for the program, who couldn’t capture a Shula Bowl for the first time and will now face an uphill climb to bowl eligibility. To put it in perspective, the team will not only have to win next week, they will have to win at Louisiana, and at home to ASU and MTSU to finish at .500, with an expected loss at Troy.
Not the end of the road, but unlikely to happen with this team, which will likely go 5-7 again. I can already hear James and the rest of the fast twitch callers getting on us tommorow on ‘Panther Sports Talk Live’ calling for some changes haha.
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