FIU gets Beef O' Brady's Bowl bid

NEW ORLEANS (Sun Belt) – The FIU football team will make its second consecutive appearance in a postseason bowl game as the Panthers were invited to play in the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl Saturday.

The Panthers will hit the gridiron on December 20 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.  Game time is set for 8 p.m. (ET) and FIU will likely learn its opponent within the next 24 hours.  The game will be broadcasted on ESPN.

FIU enters the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl with an 8-4 record which is the best mark for the young Panther program that has only played in the Football Bowl Subdivision since 2005.  The Panthers jumped into the national spotlight early in the season with a 3-0 start on the year – including a win over Big East co-champion Louisville.

FIU, coached by Mario Cristobal and led by all-purpose threat T.Y. Hilton, earned its first bowl bid last season in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl and went on to defeat Toledo 34-32 in the game.  Hilton caught one touchdown and scored another on an 89-yard kickoff return en route to being named the game's MVP.

Fans are strongly encouraged to buy tickets through FIU by visiting or calling the FIU Athletic Ticket Office at 305-FIU-GAME.  Purchasing tickets through the FIU Athletic Ticket Office benefits the FIU Athletic Program in a number of ways. It not only helps offset the bowl expenses, but it also helps to establish a tradition of being well represented at a bowl game.