Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, FIU Vs. Toledo: Panthers Kick Field Goal As Time Expires, Win 34-32

Florida International booted a 34-yard field goal as time expired to foil Toledo 34-32 in the Little Caesar's Pizza Bowl on Sunday.

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Little Caesars Bowl, FIU Vs. Toledo: Clutch Conversion, Field Goal Win Game For FIU, 34-32

FIU made their first bowl game experience count. Despite being down 24-7 at one point in the third quarter and trailing by two with just seconds left in the game, the Golden Panthers rallied again and again to win the Little Caesars Bowl 34-32 over Toledo.

The highlight of the day, besides Jack Griffin’s 34-yard field goal as time expired, happened when the Panthers faced fourth-and-17 on their final drive. In true mi-major fashion, the time was right to break out the old hook-and-lateral for a first down.

That was T.Y. Hilton who ran for the first down. Hilton practically put the Panthers on his back every time they needed him to. He ran back a kick for a touchdown midway through the third quarter to spark the Panthers’ comeback. He caught the go-ahead touchdown pass in the fourth quarter and finally made that clutch fourth-down conversion. Not bad for a guy with only 37 receiving yards on the night.

Toledo had taken the lead with 1:14 remaining on a touchdown run by Terrance Owens. Adding some flair of their own they went for two and converted it for a two-point lead. One point too little to hold on.


Little Caesars Bowl, FIU Vs. Toledo: Hilton Heads Comeback Attempt For Panthers, Toledo Leads 24-21

In the third quarter, Toledo kept doing what they’d been doing all night. Scoring. A 29-yard field goal extended their lead to 24-7 and seemed to put the Little Caesars Bowl that much closer to being out of reach for FIU.

Then they kicked off to TY Hilton and 89-yards later the Panthers were back in the game. Hilton’s touchdown return seemed to sway momentum midway through the 3rd quarter . Three plays into their next drive, Toledo was intercepted and the Panthers suddenly had a chance to make it a game.

That they did. Thanks to a Toledo penalty the Panther got all the way down to the seven-yard-line. Darriet Perry rushed to the left for a touchdown, making it a 24-21 game.

The rest of the quarter saw little in the way offense and both teams now head to the final quarter with a chance to win the coveted Pizza Of Victory*.

*May or may not be actual prize for winning.

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