MONDAY HUDDLE: Not even lore of old Orange Bowl can save Miami from FIU upset

FIU earns arguably biggest win in school history on special site for Miami

Tony Gaiter IV #16, James Morgan #12, and Austin Maloney #15 of the FIU Golden Panthers celebrate a touchdown against the Miami Hurricanes. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
Tony Gaiter IV #16, James Morgan #12, and Austin Maloney #15 of the FIU Golden Panthers celebrate a touchdown against the Miami Hurricanes. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) (Getty Images)

Here are five takeaways from this weekend’s football action around the state.

Shocker on grounds of former Orange Bowl

So much for nostalgia.

Miami had good reason to feel sentimental playing a game at Marlins Park, which was built on the grounds of the former Orange Bowl, one of college football’s most hallowed stadiums that was the home of so many great games and memories for the Hurricanes during their glory days.

But all the warm and fuzzy feelings belonged to former Miami head coach Butch Davis and his Florida International team, which earned arguably the biggest win in program history with a 30-24 upset of the Hurricanes.

FIU was a 20-point underdog going in and hadn’t beat Miami in three previous tries, but none of that mattered after the Panthers (6-5) gained bowl-eligibility with a win.

Meanwhile, Miami (6-5) saw progress made after a three-game winning streak halted in humiliating fashion.

The Hurricanes close the regular season at Duke on Saturday.

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