Wide receiver T.Y. Hilton was helped to the locker room with 5:47 left in the first half of FIU’s game with Central Florida, unable to put weight on his right leg. He returned on FIU's third offensive play of the third quarter.
Hilton had just juggled, bobbled and dropped what would’ve been a 35-yard touchdown pass from Wesley Carroll when he crumpled to the ground and grabbed his right hamstring. He lay on the ground for several minutes before being helped to the locker room.
FIU trailed 7-0 at the time. With their big play man out, the Golden Panthers got a big play from a big man, 290-pound Isame Faciane returning a Tevin Blanchard-caused fumble 51 yards with six seconds left in the half to send the game into halftime tied 7-7.