(Las Vegas, NV) One of the better matchups in the 2016 edition of the college bowl season takes place in Las Vegas Saturday as the Houston Cougars (9-3) face the San Diego State Aztecs (10-2) at Sam Boyd Stadium in the 25th edition of the Las Vegas Bowl. Major Applewhite will get his first opportunity to coach the team after being named the head coach after Tom Herman left to take the head-coaching job at Texas. Meanwhile, Rocky Long led his Aztecs to the Mountain West Conference title for the third time in his six years at San Diego State.
The game features two powerhouse offenses and two offensive stars to keep an eye on. For Houston, Quarterback Greg Ward Jr. averaged over 300 yards passing per game leading the Cougars to the fourth best offense in the nation with nearly 350 yards per game. Aztecs running back Donnel Pumphrey rushed for 2018 yards this season, averaging 6.1 yards per carry. Currently second, he has a chance to break the all-time NCAA FBS rushing record of 6290 yards in his final college game.
The game will be broadcast on ABC-TV at 3:30 PM ET with Brent Musburger calling the play-by-play for the seventh time in his career. Jesse Palmer will handle the color and Kaylee Hartung will be the sideline reporter.
Don Henderson and Doug Miles on Sports Talk. Topics include: Charlie Strong coming to USF, other college coaching moves, Army/Navy game, NFL Week 14, baseball, hockey and more. Guest: Sports Talk Host Rich “Spitz” Spedaliere”.
(Tampa, FL) Quinton Flowers and Marlon Mack combined for over 300 yards rushing and 4 touchdowns to lead the USF Bulls to a 48-31 victory over UCF Saturday afternoon at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL. The Bulls notched a program record 10th win and 7th in the American Athletic Conference.
The Bulls overcame a 7-0 early deficit to their cross-I4 rival UCF Knights (6-6, 4-4) when running back Marlon Mack broke a tackle and scampered down the sideline 43 yards to tie the game at 7-7.
Juwuan Brown gave the Bulls a lead they would never relinquish when he picked up a Jawon Hamilton fumble at the UCF 22-yard line and rumbled in for the score putting USF up 14-7 late in the first quarter.
Marlon Mack tallied his second touchdown of the game on a spectacular 56-yard run, breaking at least four tackles on the way to the end zone. Mack would finish the day with 155 yards on 20 carries. The Bulls took a 24-14 lead into halftime.
Quarterback Quinton Flowers opened the third quarter in style with a 62-yard touchdown romp, breaking teammate Marlon Mack’s single season rushing he set last year of over 1600 yards. Flowers had 152 yard rushing on 20 carries. He also completed 17 of 26 passes for 152 yards.
UCF would pull to within seven points late in the third quarter, but USF linebacker Auggie Sanchez’ interception led to Flowers second running touchdown of the game and the Bulls never looked back.
Head Coach Willie Taggart’s post game comments are available in the attached video below.
Temple defeated East Carolina Saturday night to win the east division in the AAC and will play Navy in the conference champtionship game next Saturday at noon in Annapolis. USF will await bowl offers to determine where they will play next.
USF honored 18 seniors today playing in their final home game. Six members of the senior class were recruited from the Tampa Bay area.
Today’s win was the 10th of the season for USF, setting a record for the Bulls football program. USF’s road win last week over SMU was a school’s best 4th of the season.
Coming into today’s game, the Bulls have a nation-leading streak of 15 games scoring at least 30 points.
The Bulls offense has the nation’s 7th ranked total offense averaging 516.2 yards per game and 43.2 points per game. The Bulls average 286.4 yards rushing per game, good for 6th in the nation.
USF beat UCF 44-4 last season in Orlando, FL.
USF needed a Temple loss tonight to East Carolina to earn a spot in next Saturday’s (12/3) AAC Conference Championship game to be played in Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. Temple’s win over East Carolina Saturday night sets up the conference title game between Temple and Navy in Annapolis. ABC or ESPN will televise the game beginning at noon ET.
Uniform Shuffle: The Bulls wore their all green uniforms with gold numbers, green helmets with gold Bulls logo.
Today’s game was broadcast nationally on CBS Sports Network.