The 2010 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl
was a NCAA
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(previously the Motor City Bowl game) played at 8:30 p.m. EST on December 26, 2010 at Ford Field
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in Detroit, Michigan and aired on ESPN
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. The bowl game matched up the Florida International Golden Panthers
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of the Sun Belt Conference
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against the Toledo Rockets
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of the Mid-American Conference
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The game was the 14th installment of the bowl game played in Detroit.
Florida International played in its first bowl game in school history. The Golden Panthers were the 2010 Sun Belt Conference Champions. They came into the game with a 6-6 overall record. They were led by an outstanding defense that had helped them almost pull off upsets against Rutgers
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and Texas A&M
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. FIU was invited to play in the bowl as the Big Ten Conference
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was unable to fill its slot in the contest.
Toledo entered the bowl with an 8-4 overall record. The Rockets were making their first bowl appearance since 2005 when they defeated UTEP
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in the GMAC Bowl
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. Three of its four losses this season were to bowl-bound teams: Boise State
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, Northern Illinois
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. This was the fourth time in school history that the Rockets played in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl. They played in the game when it was known as the Motor City Bowl in 2001, 2002, and 2004. They were 1-2 in previous matchups with their only win coming in 2001 against Cincinnati
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| Scoring Play
| 1st Quarter
|TOL - Adonis Thomas 4 yard run (Bill Claus kick), 5:40
| 2nd Quarter
|TOL - Adonis Thomas 87 yard run (Bill Claus kick), 10:45
|FIU - Darriet Perry 1 yard run (Jack Griffin kick), 6:25
|TOL - Terrance Owens 10 yard pass to Danny Noble (Bill Claus kick), 2:56
| 3rd Quarter
|TOL - Bill Claus 29 yard kick, 9:44
|FIU - T.Y. Hilton 89 yard kickoff return (Jack Griffin kick), 9:32
|FIU - Darriet Perry 7 yard run (Jack Griffin kick), 6:45
| 4th Quarter
|FIU - Wesley Carroll
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10 yard pass to T.Y. Hilton (Jack Griffin kick), 7:34
|FIU - Jack Griffin 31 yard kick, 3:18
|TOL - Terrance Owens 14 yard run (Two point conversion) , 1:14
|FIU - Jack Griffin 34 yard kick, 0:00
| Statistics || FIU || Toledo
| First Downs
| Total offense, plays-yards
| Time of Possession
The Little Caesars Pizza Bowl marked the first ever bowl meeting between the two schools. However, these two schools have met twice before in 2008 and 2009 with each University splitting the results. FIU leads the series 2-1.