MIAMI (June 7, 2012) - ESPN has announced that the FIU-Louisville football game at Alfonso Field at FIU Stadium on Sept. 22 will broadcast live on ESPN3, but may be added to the ESPNU schedule. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. EST.
Additionally, Troy officials have announced kickoff for the FIU game on Oct. 20 to be at 3:30 p.m. EST. Game time is still tentative in lieu of possible network television availability.
Last season, the Panthers recorded a historic victory over eventual BIG EAST Co-Champion Louisville, 24-17, at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium in the two school's lone other meeting.
In the 2011 game on Sept. 9, former FIU All-American receiver T.Y. Hilton dazzled a nationally-televised audience with seven catches for 201 yards, including highlight touchdown catches for 74 and 83 yards in the second quarter, earning National Player of the Week honors. Linebacker Winston Fraser would open the game with one of the program's longest interception returns for a touchdown, 71 yards, in the first quarter. Kicker Jack Griffin booted a 29-yard field goal in the third quarter, in addition to his three successful extra points made earlier in the game, to give the Panthers the ensuing seven-point victory.
Tickets to the highly-anticipated FIU-Louisville game at Alfonso Field at FIU Stadium are only available through one of the school's affordable season ticket plans, which start at $42 for the six-game 2012 home schedule.
In last year's meeting versus Troy in Miami, FIU put together a 14-point third quarter to eventually force overtime where Griffin kicked a 22-yard field goal to win the game, 23-20. The win marked FIU's second straight over the Trojans, having previously defeated them in Troy, 52-35, during the 2010 season.
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FIU once again has an exciting six-game home schedule in 2012, including non-conference games vs. BIG EAST Co-Champion Louisville and Akron, plus Sun Belt schools Arkansas State, Middle Tennessee, WKU and ULM.
The Panthers begin the 2012 season with four-straight, out-of-conference matchups in September, all coming against the same out-of-conference opponents from 2011 of which FIU went 3-1 against: Duke (Sept. 1), Akron (Sept. 8), UCF (Sept. 15) and Louisville (Sept. 22).
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 FIUSports.com 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 http://www.fiu.edu/.
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