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No. 21 Miami hosts FIU for first time since their brawl

It figures to be an emotional game when No. 21 Miami hosts Florida International on Saturday, but one hopes it doesn't reach the fervor of the first meeting between the two neighboring programs 12 years ago.

ESPN2 (3:30 p.m. ET) will be there to telecast the action, and if you're wondering why the network would be interested in airing this non-conference matchup, what happened in the 2006 game might have more than a little to do with it.

That game, the first between the two schools, turned into a huge, ugly brawl early in the third quarter that was punctuated not only by fist fights between players but also helmet swings, kicking, stomping, you name it.

The bench-clearing melee resulted in the immediate ejections of 13 players -- eight for FIU, five for Miami -- and eventual suspensions of 31 from the two teams. You could even link the firing of the two coaches -- Larry Coker at Miami, Don Strock at FIU -- after the season to the brawl, though that wasn't the only factors in their dismissals.

Miami coach Mark Richt, whose Hurricanes (2-1) have won their last two after falling to LSU in their opener, acknowledged it will be an emotional game again against the Panthers (2-1).

But he doesn't see it turning into the melee that the first meeting did.

Keeping disciplined is the key, Richt said, and both teams seem to have that approach this season. Miami didn't have a penalty in its last outing and has only 14 for the year. FIU was penalized twice in a 63-14 rout of Massachusetts last week and also has only 14 penalties for the year.

"There will be guys getting their blood pumping, which should happen in the game of football," Richt said. "It's a game of adrenaline and a game of guys physically getting after each other.

"But everybody knows you do something stupid then you don't get to play. That's the way football is and the way it ought to be. I don't really anticipate anything foolish."

It helps that the brawl was 12 years ago before the current players were in grade school.

"I've not mentioned one thing to our guys about it," Richt said. "I remember watching it on TV, but that was a long time ago."

FIU coach Butch Davis recognizes the extra excitement around the meeting, especially for his underdog Panthers.

"I think the last time they played, it was obviously embarrassing for both programs," David told the Miami Herald. "But you know, these kids, a lot of them know each other, they played against each other, maybe even played with each other, and I'm sure there will be a lot of competition.

"It's not too different when Miami plays Florida or Florida State. Any time you play people in your own backyard, there's some added excitement about it."

Davis should know the Miami-Florida and Miami-Florida State rivalries quite well. He spent five years as the Hurricanes' boss in the late 1990s before venturing off to the Cleveland Browns, building the foundation for the Miami team that would win the 2001 national championship and come within an interference penalty of capturing the 2002 title.

"He certainly did a great job here at Miami while he was here," Richt said. "He had a great record. The last season he was here, I think they were 11-1, and probably accumulated the most talent in the history of the school.

"That team, the next couple of years, was one of the most talented ever in college football. He's doing a great job at FIU."

Last season, Davis got the Panthers into their first bowl in six years. They started off 2018 with a 38-28 loss to Indiana in their opener but have beaten Old Dominion 28-20 and routed UMass since.

"They're fast," Richt said of the Panthers. "There's no doubt they're fast. When you're recruiting south Florida, you're going to get fast guys. They absolutely have great team speed. They'll match up well."

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FIU 2-1 -----
21 Miami (FL) 2-1 -----
0 AVG PASS YDS 0
0 AVG RUSH YDS 0
0 AVG TOTAL YDS 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
J. Morgan 12 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
-% - - - -
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
62.9% 548 6 3 148.3
J. Morgan 44/70 548 6 3
C. Alexander 8 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
-% - - - -
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
66.7% 116 0 0 147.9
C. Alexander 8/12 116 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
S. Phillips 22 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
45 249 4
S. Phillips 45 249 4 33
N. Maxwell 23 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
37 182 2
N. Maxwell 37 182 2 18
A. Jones 2 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
15 88 2
A. Jones 15 88 2 36
D. Price 24 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
20 85 1
D. Price 20 85 1 18
C. Alexander 8 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
8 67 0
C. Alexander 8 67 0 31
M. Alexander 1 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
4 31 0
M. Alexander 4 31 0 15
T. McGhee 34 DB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 3 0
T. McGhee 1 3 0 3
J. Morgan 12 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
10 -6 0
J. Morgan 10 -6 0 4
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
C. Worton 11 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
9 171 1
C. Worton 9 171 1 47
M. Alexander 1 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 92 2
M. Alexander 6 92 2 38
T. Gaiter IV 16 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 85 1
T. Gaiter IV 8 85 1 35
A. Maloney 15 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 79 1
A. Maloney 5 79 1 36
B. Singleton 9 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 62 0
B. Singleton 4 62 0 49
S. Phillips 22 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 56 0
S. Phillips 3 56 0 35
D. Scott 14 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 15 0
D. Scott 1 15 0 15
N. Maxwell 23 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 15 0
N. Maxwell 4 15 0 5
D. Price 24 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 14 0
D. Price 2 14 0 8
C. Genal 86 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 7 0
C. Genal 1 7 0 7
A. Jones 2 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 -2 0
A. Jones 1 -2 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
J. Gates 59 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
J. Gates 0-0 0.0 1
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
J. Borregales 30 K
IN-GAME FG XP
-/- -/-
SEASON FG XP
0/1 17/17
J. Borregales 0/1 0 17/17 17
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
M. Rosier 12 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
-% - - - -
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
51.4% 595 5 2 140.7
M. Rosier 36/70 595 5 2
N. Perry 5 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
-% - - - -
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
64.3% 93 3 1 176.5
N. Perry 9/14 93 3 1
J. Williams 15 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
-% - - - -
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
33.3% 17 0 0 80.9
J. Williams 1/3 17 0 0
C. Weldon 17 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
-% - - - -
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
50% 14 0 0 108.8
C. Weldon 1/2 14 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
D. Dallas 13 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
30 196 1
D. Dallas 30 196 1 34
T. Homer 24 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
36 162 0
T. Homer 36 162 0 35
M. Rosier 12 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
25 88 5
M. Rosier 25 88 5 37
L. Lingard 1 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
7 86 2
L. Lingard 7 86 2 64
T. Gray 32 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
10 24 1
T. Gray 10 24 1 5
J. Thomas 4 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 19 0
J. Thomas 1 19 0 19
C. Weldon 17 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 16 1
C. Weldon 1 16 1 16
R. Burns 22 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 10 0
R. Burns 2 10 0 11
C. Davis 23 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 3 0
C. Davis 1 3 0 3
J. Williams 15 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 2 1
J. Williams 2 2 1 1
N. Perry 5 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
5 -7 0
N. Perry 5 -7 0 4
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
J. Thomas 4 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
11 304 2
J. Thomas 11 304 2 67
L. Cager 18 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 131 2
L. Cager 7 131 2 36
D. Langham 81 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 75 0
D. Langham 5 75 0 38
B. Jordan 9 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 52 2
B. Jordan 7 52 2 21
B. Hightower 7 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 40 1
B. Hightower 2 40 1 32
D. Dallas 13 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 28 0
D. Dallas 2 28 0 15
M. Harley 3 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 27 0
M. Harley 6 27 0 8
M. Ezzard 11 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 17 0
M. Ezzard 1 17 0 17
B. Polendey 88 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 14 0
B. Polendey 1 14 0 14
T. Homer 24 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 11 0
T. Homer 2 11 0 7
A. Richards 82 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 9 0
A. Richards 1 9 0 9
T. Gray 32 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 9 0
T. Gray 1 9 0 9
Defense T-A SACK INT
S. Redwine 22 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
S. Redwine 0-0 0.0 1
J. Dean 6 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
J. Dean 0-0 0.0 1
T. Bandy 2 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
T. Bandy 0-0 0.0 1
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
B. Baxa 21 K
IN-GAME FG XP
-/- -/-
SEASON FG XP
1/2 18/18
B. Baxa 1/2 0 18/18 21
A. Cardenas 92 K
IN-GAME FG XP
-/- -/-
SEASON FG XP
0/0 2/2
A. Cardenas 0/0 0 2/2 2
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD