USF Bulls Erase 12-Point Fourth Quarter Deficit to Defeat Illinois 25-19

(CHICAGO) USF (3-0) erased a 12-point fourth quarter deficit with 18 unanswered points and extended its winning streak against Power Five foes to five straight with a 25-19 victory over Illinois at Soldier Field on Saturday.

Darnell Salomon (Miami) completed the comeback with a 50-yard touchdown catch on a pass from Blake Barnett (Corona, Calif.) with 2:24 remaining after starting the fourth quarter with a 14-yard touchdown reception. USF’s defense came up huge with three sacks on the final drive of the game and didn’t allow a touchdown for the final 55 minutes, 6 seconds.

Barnett threw both his touchdown passes to Salomon in the fourth quarter, completing 23 of 40 attempts for 411 yards, good for the second-best performance in the USF single-game record book. Salomon finished with five catches for 95 yards as the Bulls came from behind in the fourth quarter for the second straight week.

Defensively, linebackers Khalid McGee (Miami) and Nico Sawtelle (Jensen Beach, Fla.) had career-high tackle days with 14 and 13 stops, respectively. Ronnie Hoggins (Coconut Creek, Fla.) added 11 tackles while Kevin Kegler (Madison, Fla.) finished with a career-high 1.5 sacks.

Mitchell Wilcox (Tarpon Springs, Fla.) set a new USF game record for a tight end with eight catches for 109 yards, both career highs. Barnett also completed six passes to Randall St. Felix (Miami), who finished his second 100-yard game with 120 receiving yards and hauled in a career long 55-yard catch in the fourth quarter.

Jordan Cronkrite (Miami) rushed for a career-high 136 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries to help the Bulls register their fourth 600-plus yard outing. The Bulls finished with 626 yards, outgaining Illinois, which finished with 380, by 246 yards on the day.

USF faced its first halftime deficit this season despite leading Illinois in offensive yards by a 267-231 margin in the first two quarters.

Illinois (2-1) jumped out to a 7-0 lead just over four minutes into the first quarter. USF bounced right back with Cronkrite’s first touchdown run as a Bull from 3 yards out that capped off an 11-play, 75-yard drive in 3:02. The sequence was kept alive by a gutsy 7-yard reception by Wilcox on fourth-and-5 from the Illinois 26.

USF trailed, 16-7, at the break after preventing more points with a clutch takeaway on defense. Down, 13-7, in the second quarter, senior cornerback Mazzi Wilkins (Tampa) recovered an Illinois fumble at the USF 31 with 5:26 to go before halftime. McGee had a standout first half with nine tackles (seven solo).

USF cut into its 12-point fourth quarter deficit with Barnett’s 14-yard touchdown pass to Salomon on the first play of the period. Wilcox posted four catches for 53 yards on the 11-play, 75-yard drive.

Coby Weiss’ 26-yard field goal made it a two-point game with 7:47 remaining. The score was set up by a leaping, career long 55-yard catch by St. Felix down to the Illinois 12.

USF’s defense forced a punt with 3:47 left to give coordinator Gilbert’s offense a chance at a go-ahead score. USF needed just 1:17 to grab its first lead, capping off a six-play, 85-yard drive with Barnett’s 50-yard touchdown pass to Salomon. Barnett increased the lead to 25-19 with a two-point conversion pass to St. Felix.

Sacks by Kirk Livingstone (Fort Lauderdale, FL), Kegler and Tyrone Barber (Venice, Fla.) helped stall the final Illinois drive that ended with an incomplete pass in the end zone with no time remaining.

Head coach Charlie Strong’s thoughts on USF’s comeback victory:

The Bulls are back at Raymond James Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 22 for a conference clash with East Carolina. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. and the game will be televised on ESPNews.





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Baltimore Orioles to Host Fall Instructional League in Sarasota

(Sarasota, FL) The Baltimore Orioles will host the team’s Fall Instructional League at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota with games that are free and open to the public from September 20 through October 9.

The Instructional League program focuses on specific individual development while providing additional playing time to accelerate a player’s progress through the minor league system.

Games are played on the Main Field, with parking available in the East Lot at no charge. Spectators may enter the ballpark through the Left Field Gate. The full Instructional League season schedule is listed below, and is also available online at www.orioles.com/sarasota. Dates and times are subject to change.

New this year, the Orioles will host small groups of players for camps that emphasize hitting and strength and conditioning. These additional camps will allow players to focus on improving certain areas of their game with access to Orioles coaches and athletic trainers at the team’s facility.

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USF Bulls travel to Chicago Saturday to face the Fighting Illini of Illinois

(Tampa, FL) The USF Bulls (2-0) will play their first-ever game in Chicago and second in the state of Illinois on Saturday in the second of a two-game series with the Illini. The Bulls won the first meeting, 47-23, last year in Tampa. USF last ventured to the state of Illinois in 2001, falling, 20-17, at Northern Illinois. It will mark USF’s fourth Big Ten road game in the last six seasons and fifth overall. The Bulls are 1-5 all-time vs. Big Ten opponents, that victory coming last year vs. Illinois, and are 0-4 in road games vs. the Big Ten, falling at Maryland (2015; 35-17), Wisconsin (2014; 27-10), Michigan State (2013; 21-6) and Penn State (2005; 23-13).

Coming off a 49-38 win over Georgia Tech, USF is looking for its fifth straight win vs. a Power 5 opponent. The Bulls have won six of their last seven meetings vs. P5 teams, including a pair of bowl victories. The loss came to No. 13 Florida State (55-35) in 2016 in Tampa. The American has posted four wins vs. P5 teams so far in 2018.

Illini Offensive Coordinator/QB Coach Rod Smith was on the USF staff from 2001-06 under head coach Jim Leavitt, serving as QB Coach/Passing Game Coordinator and then Offensive Coordinator/QB Coach (2005-06). Meanwhile, nine coaches in the game have Tampa Bay Buccaneers ties, including Illini Head Coach Lovie Smith who served as head coach of the Buccaneers from 2014-15 and was the linebackers coach from 1996-2000.

USF has gone 23-4 since the start of 2016, including 10-1 in out-of-conference games (two bowl wins) with the only loss coming to No. 13 Florida State in 2016. The Bulls have posted a 18-3 record in Raymond James Stadium over the past four seasons and are in the midst of the most successful run in program history (31-9 (77.5) since 2015) that includes a 30-6 mark in the last 36 games, which ranks among the top six in the nation over that time.

Broadcast info for Saturdays Bulls game:
USF (2-0; 0-0 American) vs. Illinois (2-0; 0-0 Big Ten)
Saturday, Sept. 15 • 3:30 PM (ET) • Soldier Field • Big Ten Network
TV: Big Ten Network (BTN)
• Play-by-Play: Dave Revsine
• Analyst: J Leman
• Sideline Reporter: Ally Strum
• Online: BTN2Go.com

RADIO: USF Radio Network
• Play-by-Play: Jim Louk
• Analyst: Sam Barrington
• Sideline Reporter: Joey Johnston
• In Tampa: 820 AM / 96.7 FM
• Digital: iHeart Radio – Bulls Unlimited Channel
• Satellite: Sirius 145 / XM 386





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Remote Area Medical Remembers Stan Brock

***The following is courtesy of Remote Area Medical in honor of its founder Stan Brock who passed away last week at 82. RAM has one of its health events coming to Bradenton, FL in October. Click here for details.

Remote Area Medical is saddened to announce the death of Stan Brock, 82, our distinguished Founder and President. Mr. Brock, who passed away on Wednesday, August 29, pioneered the use of mobile medical clinics to deliver health care services to people in remote, isolated, and underserved communities around the globe. During Mr. Brock’s thirty-three-year tenure with RAM, more than 740,000 people attended his clinics to receive free dental, vision, and medical services, all provided by more than 120,000 dedicated volunteers.

Without Mr. Brock, RAM would not have been able to prevent pain and alleviate suffering for so many people. While Mr. Brock’s death is a great loss to the organization, RAM will continue championing his legacy and caring for those in need. Mr. Brock built a strong organization led by a dedicated 12 member Board of Directors, 34 staff members, and tens of thousands of volunteers and donors. Together, they will continue to fulfill the mission set by Mr. Brock so many years ago in the jungle of Guyana.

A Celebration of Life Service will take place in the coming weeks honoring Mr. Brock and celebrating his extraordinary life. Details are forthcoming, and will be announced on RAM’s social media pages, on RAM’s website, and through RAM’s newsletter. In lieu of flowers, Mr. Brock requests that donations be sent to Remote Area Medical in his memory.

Born in Preston, Lancashire, England in 1936, Stan Brock moved to British Guiana (now Guyana) in 1952 to become one of the world’s most recognized vaqueros, or cowboys. There, Mr. Brock managed The Dadanawa Ranch, the world’s largest cattle ranch operation, a 4,000-square mile combination of rainforest and savannah. In 1968, Mr. Brock arrived in the United States to begin a career in television and entertainment. That same year he began co-hosting NBC’s Emmy winning series, “Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom,” alongside Marlin Perkins. After achieving national fame, Mr. Brock founded Remote Area Medical – RAM® in 1985—keeping his promise to the Wapishana Indians of Guyana. While RAM was initially founded to serve as a safety net provider of free medical care in remote areas of developing countries like Guyana, today nearly 90% of all RAM operations take place domestically. RAM still operates a free, year-round, air ambulance program in Guyana, providing emergency medical transportation to villagers in need of immediate health care services, just as Mr. Brock needed care in the early 1950s. For more information about Stan Brock and this announcement, please click here.





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