The first game with a freshman quarterback starting for FIU probably isn’t when the defense wanted to see its interception streak end at 12 games. That’s what happened against Louisiana-Lafayette and Arkansas State.
“We definitely could do a little bit more to help the entire offense with an extra turnover a game,” senior safety Johnathan Cyprien said.
When Kedrick Rhodes turned a check-down pass into a 67-yard touchdown on the second play of the season, nobody would’ve thought halfway through the season that the play would remain FIU’s longest touchdown. By six games into the 2011 season, FIU had scored six offensive touchdowns longer than 30 yards — four passes to T.Y. Hilton, one pass to Wayne Times, and one Rhodes run. This season, FIU has just the aforementioned Rhodes’ score.