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Bye week comes at a perfect time for FIU

 
 
Louisville's Calvin Pryor knocks the ball loose from Florida International running back Silas Spearman (30) during an NCAA college football game in Louisville, Ky., Saturday, Sept, 21, 2013. Louisville won 72-0.  (AP Photo/Garry Jones)
Louisville's Calvin Pryor knocks the ball loose from Florida International running back Silas Spearman (30) during an NCAA college football game in Louisville, Ky., Saturday, Sept, 21, 2013. Louisville won 72-0. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)
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FIU football gets a bye week before meeting its first Conference USA opponent, Southern Mississippi on Oct. 5.

Perhaps this can be a time of recovery after the Panthers played the nonconference schedule like Bambi met Godzilla.

An 0-4 record, shut out twice, outscored 187-23 and after a 72-0 loss to Louisville on Saturday that saw some running clock that FIU might or might not have agreed to, no small amount of national ridicule.

On Twitter on Sunday afternoon, frustrated New York Giants fans compared their team to FIU.

“Everything works itself out. A bye week is perfect,” sophomore quarterback E.J. Hilliard said. “We’ve just got to find ourselves as a team. We’ve got guys nicked up. It gives them a chance to come back and get ready for conference.

“We need to go back to the fundamentals, the basics,” he said. “Things we can do best. I think we need to find our identity on the team, on the offense.”

FIU, which has not run the ball effectively all season, kept the ball on the ground throughout the second half. That left Hilliard, starting in place of redshirt junior Jake Medlock — who was out with a concussion — helpless to prevent the offense from finishing with the worst performance in FIU history: 30 yards, two first downs, zero points.

“I didn’t sense any [quitting], I just sensed guys who were big-eyed, wide-eyed, more than any other games,” said coach Ron Turner, who is his own offensive coordinator. “It looked like they were playing afraid to make mistakes. I have no idea why. We had a very good week of practice, so I was surprised we had guys looking around afraid to make a mistake. You can’t play anything like that. You can’t do anything in life like that. That’s what we did, especially on offense and special teams.”

Redshirt junior Justin Halley said, “We fight, even though our results haven’t been what we wanted this season. We still have eight games to play. It’s 0-0 in conference, basically a new season.”

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