(Tampa, FL) The USF Bulls extended their American Athletic Conference winning streak to six straight wins with a 38-22 victory over the East Carolina University Pirates Saturday afternoon at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL. Marlon Mack rushed for 152 yards and 2 touchdowns and Quarterback Quinton Flowers ran for 115 yards and threw for 250 yards and 3 touchdowns to lead the Bulls offense.
“It wasn’t pretty”, said Bulls Head Coach Willie Taggart, “but I’m happy with the win”. Taggart’s high-powered offense racked up 556 yards, including 306 on the ground as USF (5-1, 2-0) remained unbeaten in conference play.
ECU (2-4, 0-2) took the early 3-0 lead on their opening possession with a 40-yard field goal by Davis Plowman at 5:29 of the first quarter.
After a stalled first drive, USF scored the second time they had the ball when Quinton Flowers threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to D’Ernest Johnson, capping off a 45-yard in 5:11 to go ahead 7-3.
Both teams traded field goals early in the second quarter. Eric Nadelman booted a 26-yard field goal for USF and Davis Plowman connected on a 49-yarder to pull the Pirates within 10-6.
Marlon Mack had his longest run of the season, 63 yards to the ECU 6-yard line, but fumbled on the next play and the Pirates recovered. ECU drove the ball downfield and Davis Plowman clanked it off the right goal post on a 42-yard field goal attempt.
The Bulls mounted one of their patented quick scoring drives in less than two minutes, when Quinton Flowers hit D’Ernest Johnson for his second touchdown pass of the game from the 11-yard line giving the Bulls a 17-6 lead at the half.
Marlon Mack scored on a one-yard plunge early in the third quarter to extend the Bulls lead to 24-6.
ECU replaced starting quarterback Philip Nelson with sophomore Gardner Minshew (21-33 220 yards, 1 TD) who gave the Pirates offense a boost with a 1-yard touchdown toss to Zay Jones to make it 24-13. Jones was the leading receiver for the Pirates with 145 yards on 18 catches.
Davis Plowman made it a one-possession game (24-16) with a 31-yard field goal early in the 4th quarter. Then after USF went 3 and out and punted, the Pirates drove 69 yards and scored on James Summers 3-yard touchdown run. Summers finished with 114 yards on 18 carries. The 2-point conversion was no good. USF led 24-22 with 6:58 remaining in the game.
Quinton Flowers ended any hopes of an ECU comeback with his third touchdown pass of the game, a 62-yard strike to Rodney Adams over the middle to extend the Bulls lead to 31-22.
Marlon Mack added one more score to the books on a 9-yard run lifting the Bulls to their fifth win of the season.
USF will host UConn next Saturday (October 15) at Raymond James Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7PM.
Today’s victory extends the Bulls AAC Conference win streak to six straight, the longest in Bulls football history.
USF holds a 5-1 all-time record over East Carolina. The Bulls defeated the Pirates 22-17 last season in Greenville, NC.
USF defeated ECU in the 2006 PapaJohns.com bowl.
Including today’s win over ECU, the Bulls have scored at least 35 points in ten consecutive games. The Bulls rushed for more than 200 yards against ECU to extend that streak to 11 games.
The Bulls are first in the AAC and fifth in the nation in scoring averaging 45.8 points per game.
Last week against Cincinnati, Marlon Mack had his 15th 100-yard game and became USF’s all-time leading rusher with 2755 yards in just 28 games. Today’s game marked his 16th straight 100- yard game.
Today’s game was telecast nationally on ESPNews.
Uniform shuffle: USF wore green jerseys with gold numbers, white pants and metallic gold helmets today.
Lee Roy Selmon family members served as honorary captains at today’s game.
Today was Homecoming for USF Bulls alumni.
Next week: The Bulls are home to play UConn in another AAC conference game. Kickoff scheduled for 7PM.
(Sarasota, FL) The Jazz Club of Sarasota swings into its 37th season with a busy slate of concerts by acclaimed musicians, many with national credentials. The Club’s annual schedule of over 50 concerts includes a mix of free and ticketed events.
Events through the end of 2016 comprise ten concerts in the Jazz at Two series, a concert in an art gallery (Jazz Meets Art), a popular downtown pub-crawl by trolley (Oktoberfest) and an evening concert by multi-talented musicians Valerie Gillespie and John DePaolo.
The schedule in 2017 will include the weekly Jazz at Two concerts, afternoon and evening concerts in Sarasota, Venice, and Longboat Key and jazz cruises on the water. The schedule will culminate with the prestigious Sarasota Jazz Festival set for March 5-11, 2017.
Events scheduled through the end of 2016 appear below:
Jazz at Two Concert Series
The popular Jazz at Two concerts present renowned musicians, some with international reputations, in a highly affordable series of afternoon performances at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 3975 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota. Parking is free. 2–4 p.m. on most Fridays. Tickets sold at the door. $10 members; $15 guests, with $1 of every ticket sale allocated to the Club’s Scholarship Fund.
Friday, Oct. 14: Lorri Hafer Quartet presents “The Music of Their Lives.” It’s a family affair as Lorri sings to the sounds of husband Mike on keyboard, son Paul on bass and Joe Renda on drums. They’ll play jazz standards and songs of the big band era, featuring music by such composers as George Gershwin, Duke Ellington, Antonio Carlos Jobim, and Harry Warren.
Friday, Oct. 21: Jim Wellen Quartet. Tenor sax player Wellen heads up his lively quartet with Dave Trefethen on guitar, Vince Evans playing bass and Johnny Moore on drums. The quartet will feature light-hearted tunes selected from American standards and jazz favorites.
Friday, Oct. 28: Sarasota Jazz Project. Tenor sax player and SJP co-founder George McLain conducts a high-energy, 16-piece big band composed of some of the region’s finest musicians in a concert of original compositions and standard tunes, creatively arranged in a unique, contemporary big-band style.
Fri., Nov. 4: Eddie Tobin. This “Sarasota Lounge Legend” has played on cruise ships out of Miami, performed throughout the U.S., opened for Kenny Rogers and accompanied Brenda Lee. He also traveled the world as pianist, musical director and conductor for Englebert Humperdinck for almost eight years. He has since landed in Florida, joined the Sarasota-based Venturas in 2004, and performs extensively with many jazz artists in the Tampa Bay area.
Fri., Nov. 18: Thomas Carabasi, drummer, percussionist and bandleader, has performed and recorded with many of the area’s top jazz artists and is in demand for guest appearances with numerous nationally acclaimed organizations and musicians.
Fri., Nov. 25: Whitney James, nationally acclaimed jazz vocalist, brings “polished musicianship” that “helps her interpret the best of American popular music as well as challenging originals of jazz composers rarely attempted by singers.”
Fri., Dec. 2: Austin Vickrey
Fri., Dec. 9: Tony Benade
Fri., Dec. 30: Jazz Club Scholarship Winners
Jazz Meets Art: Wednesday, Oct. 19
Jazz vocalist Debbie Keeton presents intimate musical renditions in a gallery of unique paintings and sculpture at Art Center Sarasota (707 N. Tamiami Trail) which has teamed with the Jazz Club of Sarasota for this latest concert in their ongoing series. Doors open for gallery visits at 4:30 and the concert begins at 5:30. Tickets will be sold at door. $10 members, $15 guests. There will be Light snacks and a cash bar.
Oktoberfest Pub Crawl by Trolley: Wednesday, Oct. 26
The Jazz Club presents its second annual Oktoberfest Pub Crawl with eight bands playing in seven downtown nightclubs. Jazz fans can board trollies at the north parking lot of the VanWezel Performing Arts Hall (770 N. Tamiami Trail) then hop on and off at three locations in the heart of the seven nightclubs in downtown Sarasota (maps available). Trolleys run from 5:30 pm with music from 6-10 pm. Tickets are $15.00. Wristbands are required for admission and can be arranged by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or calling the Jazz Club office, 941.366.1552. (Messages will be returned ASAP.)
The Starlite Room, 1001 Cocoanut Ave.
Main level: Eddie Tobin on piano with Linda Baker
2nd level: Singer Debbie Keeton
Mandeville Beer Garden, 428 N. Lemon Ave.
Matt Bokulic with a pallet of texture for Jazz, unique and exciting for the 21st century
The Gator Club, 1490 Main Street.
Skip Conkling & the Dixie Mix with Dixieland tunes
Servando, 1525 4th Street.
David Pruyn, singer, drummer and trumpeter
Z’s on Main, 1454 Main Street.
Steve Roiland, trumpet, John Lamb, bass with Tracey Davis
Salute! Ristorante, 23 N. Lemon Ave.
The sensational Al Hixon & his band
Blue Rooster, 1525 Fourth Street.
Synia Carroll’s clear, smooth tones to classic jazz standards from the ‘40s, ‘50s and ‘60s & Jazz pianist Joe Delaney.
Evening Concert Series: Saturday, November 12, 7:30 p.m.
Multi-talented musicians Valerie Gillespie and John DePaola present “Music of Jazz Legends,” featuring the collaborations of Nat and Cannonball Adderley along with the work of Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie “Bird” Parker. Gillespie will also perform vocal interpretations of the songs of Nancy Wilson. They are joined by Patrick Bettison, bass; Chris Rottmayer, piano; and Dave Rudolph, drums at the Glenridge Performing Arts Center, 7333 Scotland Way, Sarasota, FL 34238 at 7:30 p.m. 941.552.5325; $25 members; $30 guests.
For further information on the Club’s activities visit www.jazzclubsarasota.org, email admin@jazzclubSarasota.com, or phone the Jazz Club office at 941.366.1552 (Wed.-Fri., 9-5).
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(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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