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Panthers coach Mario Cristobal sees ‘intensity level’ of rivalry game with FAU


Special to The Miami Herald

Coach Mario Cristobal makes it clear he considers every game “the most important game.” But even he concedes “rivalry games” add intensity. And it is a rivalry game that will take place 8 p.m. Friday when FIU (2-8, 1-5 Sun Belt) plays Florida Atlantic (3-7, 2-4) in Boca Raton in the Shula Bowl.

“I think all games are of the same importance,” Cristobal said, “but a rivalry game does up the intensity level some.”

Friday’s game will be the last between FIU and FAU, at least for now. Next season FIU moves into Conference USA.

In the future, will the two schools get together for a nonconference game?

“That’s something to be discussed later,” Cristobal said. “Once the season is over.”

Friday’s game will be televised on ESPNU. FAU leads the series 8-2, but FIU was a runaway 41-7 winner last season.

• FIU quarterback Jake Medlock needs only 22 passing yards to surpass Paul McCall’s school mark for yardage in a season set in 2009. McCall had 1,884 yards and Medlock, who missed two full games this season with an injury, has 1,863.

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