There is no reason for that kind of performance when the team had over three weeks to prepare for a defense that didn’t wow you with staggering numbers. Ten points is a shame when this team has as many weapons on offense as it does.
Josh Brisk should get an honor for his job in the game because he bailed the offense out of some bad situations by being able to change the field position with his leg. He totaled 320 yards in punts.
After those punts, the defense showed why FIU made it to a bowl game this year. The defense contained the Marshall two-headed running attack of Travon Van and Tron Martinez to just 80 yards on 27 attempts. The biggest stop of all came after the blocked punt by Marshall’s Zach Dunston, when Marshall thought they had scored a touchdown but it was brought back because of an illegal forward lateral.
Then, guys like Tourek Williams and Winston Fraser stepped up and only allowed the Herd to get three points, again giving the offense a chance to go down and score to at least send the game to over time.
But, as fate would have it, the final play that T.Y. Hilton would touch the ball was a fumble that led to Marshall icing the game with a late touchdown pass.
It is a sad day for FIU to have to wave goodbye to the best athlete to wear a Panther uniform, T.Y. Hilton, especially the way it ended. But, Panther fans should have a sense of pride for what he did for the program and to be able to sit down and watch a game on Sunday afternoons and say, “That’s an FIU Panther.”