(Tampa, FL) When Quinton Flowers connected with Rodney Adams on an 84 yard touchdown pass just 17 seconds into the game, the Bulls looked like they would be another Louisville to Florida State. That vision ended 12 seconds later when Dalvin Cook raced 75 yards down the sideline on FSU’s first play from scrimmage to tie the game. The ‘Noles would tally touchdowns on its first 4 possessions en route to a 55-35 victory over USF in Tampa Saturday afternoon.
Both teams traded touchdowns in the first 5 minutes and the game was tied at 14. Then the ‘Noles, coming off a 63-20 shellacking by Louisville last week, hit the gas pedal and jumped out to a 38-14 lead by the half.
Dalvin Cook had another career game against the Bulls, leading all rushers with 267 yards on 28 carries and two touchdowns.
Quarterback Deondre Francois added 75 yards of his own on the ground in a game that totaled 768 yards rushing between the two teams and 1097 total yards of offense.
USF Quarterback Quinton Flowers led USF with 159 yards running the ball, while Marlon Mack was held to just 42 yards on the ground despite scoring one touchdown.
The Bulls (3-1) winning streak ends at 3 while FSU (3-1) gets back on track after the Louisville loss last Saturday.
USF begins its AAC Conference schedule next Saturday night at Cincinnati in a 7PM kickoff (ESPN2/ESPNU).
Last Saturday’s comeback win over Syracuse put USF at 3-0 for the first time since 2011. The Bulls have won 10 of their last 12 games equaling the best period in school history.
USF’s 48.1 points per game over the last 7 contests ranks the Bulls 2nd in the nation. Coming into today’s game, the Bulls are seventh in the country in scoring.
Home cooking: The Bulls have won 7 of their last 8 at Raymond James Stadium, all by 3 touchdowns or more.
American Athletic Conference Commissioner Mike Aresco spoke with the media in the press box before today’s game. He said he’s not concerned about several teams in the AAC, USF included, that have been making overtures to move to the Big 12 and other Power 5 conferences. He said the AAC has plans in place in case several teams leave the conference.
FSU Seminoles and Tampa Bay Bucs play-by-play broadcaster Gene Deckerhoff has a much easier travel schedule this weekend. He called the ‘Noles/Bulls game this afternoon and will call the Rams/Bucs game tomorrow at 4PM from Raymond James.
FSU is 2-1 all-time against USF. The last time the ‘Noles were in Tampa in 2012, they defeated the Bulls 30-17 before a school record crowd of 69,383 at Raymond James Stadium.
Uniform shuffle: The Bulls wore their green jerseys with gold numbers, white pants, white helmets with gold bull logo this afternoon.
Local connection: FSU QB Deondre Francois played high school football at IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL.
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