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Many dubious marks set by FIU in drubbing at Louisville

 

dneal@MiamiHerald.com

The number of futility records FIU set Saturday could give the media relations staff carpal tunnel as the media guide gets updated.

Fewest plays: 43. Previous record: 47, set against Western Kentucky in 2002, tied against Louisville and later Western Kentucky in 2011.

Fewest yards of offense: 30. Previous record: 65, against Western in 2002.

Fewest yards per play: 0.7. Previous record: 1.3, against Bethune-Cookman in 2002.

Fewest passing yards: 27. Previous record: 72, against Western in 2002.

Fewest completions: 4. Previous record: 6 set against the University of Miami in 2007 and tied against Toledo in 2008.

Fewest passing attempts: 9. Previous record: 13, set against Toledo in 2008.

Fewest first downs: 2. Previous record: 6, set against Alabama in 2006.

Fewest first downs, rushing: 0. Previous record: 1, set against Western in 2002, tied against Troy in 2003, South Florida, Alabama and Louisiana-Monroe in 2006.

Fewest first downs, passing: 2, tying the record set against Maryland in 2007 and tied against South Florida in 2008.

Tough debuts

Redshirt freshman Jordan Davis got his first start at safety, and junior Giovani Francois, who has recovered from a late summer knee injury, got his career first start at defensive end. Francois picked up a sack.

Redshirt junior safety Justin Halley had a career-high three pass breakups, all in the first half.

Foes and friends

In the postgame hugs, Louisville junior quarterback Teddy Bridgewater spent a little extra time with his successor at Miami Northwestern High and good friend, FIU sophomore quarterback E.J. Hilliard.

“He was saying how proud he was of me,” Hilliard said. “Told me he loved me, good game, keep my head up. Just get the guys fired up. Get the guys behind me. Think it’s time for me to take a step and lead the guys.”

They were two of nine Northwestern High graduates on the two sidelines.

“It was a special moment to be reunited with those guys. A lot of us grew up playing little league together and went on to play high school together. It’s been different not playing together the past three years, so whenever we come together, it’s always a special reunion.”

Small moment

Throughout training camp, junior cornerback Randy Harvey showed an aptitude for getting off the edge and blocking kicks. Saturday, one of the few bright spots for FIU was Harvey blocking an extra point. Granted, the score was 51-0 with 7:33 left in the third quarter at the time.

Next up

FIUhas a bye week before starting Conference USA play at Southern Mississippi Oct. 5. It’s likely to be a considered a battle of the bottom in the FBS. Southern Miss is 0-3, following up an 0-12 2012 season, and going to Boise State on Sept. 28. .

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