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FIU at UCF to Kickoff at 4 p.m. on CSS
          Release: 07/03/2012
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MIAMI (July 3, 2012) - UCF and Conference USA have announced that the Knights' home-opener on Saturday, Sept. 15 versus FIU will kickoff at 4 p.m. The game, to be played at Bright House Networks Stadium on the UCF campus in Orlando, will be broadcast live on Comcast Sports Southeast.

Last season, FIU won its first-ever meeting with UCF, 17-10, at Alfonso Field at FIU Stadium on Sept. 17.  In the game, both teams came in averaging more than 35 points a game, but tough defenses became the difference. FIU forced a pair of fumbles, returning one by defensive lineman Isame Faciane for a touchdown just before halftime. The FIU defense also registered a season-high six sacks in the game en route to the victory.

On offense, Kedrick Rhodes led the way for the Panthers with 90 rushing yards on 16 carries. Former FIU quarterback Wesley Carroll completed 15-of-29 pass attempts for 126 yards. Defensively, Jordan Hunt had a game-high 11 tackles, and Winston Fraser added 10, including a pair of sacks.

Additionally, FIU announced home game times for Akron (Sept. 8) and Middle Tennessee (Oct. 13). The 2012 home-opener vs. the Zips and the October game vs. the Blue Raiders are both scheduled for 6 p.m. kickoffs.

FIU once again has an exciting six-game home schedule in 2012, including non-conference games vs. BIG EAST Co-Champion Louisville, Akron, plus Sun Belt schools Arkansas State, Middle Tennessee, WKU and ULM. 

The Panthers begin the 2012 season with four-straight, non-conference games against Duke (Sept. 1), Akron (Sept. 8), UCF (Sept. 15) and Louisville (Sept. 22). FIU went 3-1 against those foes last year.

Season tickets are presently on-sale and start at just $42.  Single-game tickets to FIU's six-game home schedule at Alfonso Field at FIU Stadium will go on sale July 1. Tickets to the FIU-Louisville game on Sept. 22 will only be available as part of a season ticket plan. For more information or to place your order, please visit or call 305-FIU-GAME (348-4263).

The first 500 NEW season ticket buyers will receive a limited edition Alfonso Field at FIU Stadium replica. Fans must purchase a minimum of two (2) sideline season tickets to qualify for this promotion. There is a limit of one (1) stadium replica per account.

About FIU Athletics: FIU Athletics is home to more than 400 student-athletes in 18 different sports. Athletic events are played in seven different venues on FIU's campuses (Modesto A. Maidique and Biscayne Bay), including U.S. Century Bank Arena and Alfonso Field at FIU Stadium.

About FIU: Florida International University is recognized as a Carnegie engaged university. Its colleges and schools offer more than 180 bachelors, masters and doctoral programs in fields such as engineering, international relations, architecture, law and medicine. As one of South Florida's anchor institutions, FIU is worlds ahead in its local and global engagement, finding solutions to the most challenging problems of our time. FIU emphasizes research as a major component of its mission and enrolls nearly 48,000 students in two campuses and three centers including FIU Downtown on Brickell and the Miami Beach Urban Studios. More than 140,000 alumni live and work in South Florida. For more information about FIU, visit

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More than 20,000 were on-hand to catch FIU's win over UCF in Miami during the 2011 season.
More than 20,000 were on-hand to catch FIU's win over UCF in Miami during the 2011 season.

Courtesy: Samuel Lewis
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