(Tampa, FL) USF quarterback Quinton Flowers almost singlehandedly carried the team on his back leading the Bulls to a 38-14 victory over SMU (1-6, 0-3) Saturday afternoon at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. Without standout running back Marlon Mack, on the sidelines with a hamstring injury, Flowers rushed for a USF record 201 yards and scored three touchdowns as USF (4-3, 2-1) extended their winning streak to three in a row including back-to-back American Athletic Conference wins.
After recovering a fumble at the SMU 21 yard line, the Bulls scored first on a 40-yard Emilio Nadelman field goal just over two minutes into the game.
SMU took the only lead they would have in the contest on the last play of the first quarter when Xavier Jones plunged up the middle for a 1-yard touchdown capping off a 12-play, 78 yard drive, temporarily giving the Mustangs a 7-3 advantage.
The Bulls regained the momentum on their first possession in the second quarter when Quinton Flowers ran to his left and broke free down the sideline for 67 yards. He fumbled the ball, but Marlon Pope recovered for USF to set up first and goal from the SMU 4-yard line. Darius Tice took it in from 1-yard out jump ahead of SMU 10-7.
Two possessions later, Flowers scored on a quarterback keeper from the 8-yard line with 4:54 remaining in the half extending the Bulls lead to 17-7.
Sophomore running back D’Ernest Johnson powered into the end zone from the 1-yard line as the Bulls opened the second half with a 10-play, 75-yard scoring drive for a 24-7 margin.
After Tajee Fullwood returned a punt 40 yards to the SMU 5-yard line, Quinton Flowers tallied his second rushing touchdown of the game inflating the Bulls lead to 31-7.
The Mustangs mounted a 75-yard scoring drive when Jeremy Colbert, replacing starting QB Matt Davis, connected with Courtland Sutton on a 30-yard touchdown pass pulling SMU to within 31-14.
Quinton Flowers capped off his outstanding afternoon with the hat trick touchdown on an 18-yard scamper making it 38-14.
Flowers had 101 yards rushing in the first half by the nine-minute mark and added another 100 in the second half.
USF travels to Annapolis, MD next Saturday for a noon kickoff against Navy. The game will be televised on the CBS Sports Network.
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USF running back Marlon Mack suffered an injured hamstring in last week’s win at UConn. He saw limited action in practice this week.
Quinton Flowers established a USF single game rushing record for quarterbacks with his 201 yards on the ground today against SMU.
Today’s win over SMU equaled last year’s total for USF (4) and the first three game winning streak since 2011.
Today’s win over SMU completed the first back-to-back conference victories for USF in two seasons and only the second time since 2010.
The Bulls wore special uniforms with pink accents in honor of today’s Breast Cancer Awareness game presented by Moffit Cancer Center in Tampa.
Today’s game was the third meeting between USF and SMU. The Mustangs beat the Bulls 16-6 in 2013 in Tampa and USF beat SMU last year in Dallas, 14-13.
USF ranks 15th nationally in rushing averaging 233 yards per game on the ground. Sarasota’s Marlon Mack is averaging 114 yards individually per game.
At 1,730 career yards, Mack needs only 58 to move into fifth place on USF’s all-time rushing list.
Coming into today, USF is third in the AAC East division behind Temple and East Carolina.
USF hits the road for two games at Navy next Saturday and at East Carolina November 7th before returning to Tampa to play Temple on November 14th.
Today’s game was televised on the ESPN News Network.
Announced attendance for today’s game: 24,338.
(Tampa, FL) Homecoming has not been kind to the USF Bulls, but that ended Saturday afternoon with a 45-24 victory over the Syracuse Orange, snapping a 5 game losing skid on alumni return weekend at Raymond James Stadium.
Marlon Mack rushed for 179 yards and 2 touchdowns to lead the Bulls (2-3, 0-1) to their second win of the season after three straight losses. Syracuse drops to 3-2.
After a scoreless first quarter, the Bulls took a 7-0 lead when Darius Tice grabbed a handoff from quarterback Quinton Flowers and plunged into the end zone from 1 yard out 44 seconds into the 2nd quarter capping an 11-play, 79 yard drive in 4:30.
Syracuse responded with a 16-play, 65 yard drive, chewing up more than ten minutes including successfully challenging a spot ruling to stay alive on fourth down at the USF 11 yard line, but were unable to score a touchdown and settled for a Cole Murphy 30 yard field goal to pull within 7-3 with 3:45 left in the first half.
After a muffed fair catch of a USF punt, Cameron Campbell recovered the ball at the Orange 24 yard line leading to a 21 yard Emilio Nadelman field goal. The Bulls led at halftime 10-3.
Marlon Mack scampered for a 25-yard touchdown run less than two minutes into the third quarter as the Bulls kept it on the ground for a 6-play 75 yard drive in a minute and 56 seconds to extend its lead over the Orange, 17-3.
After a Syracuse punt on its next possession, Bulls QB Quinton Flowers hooked up with Riley Adams on 33-yard gain to the Syracuse 42. On the next play, Flowers connected with Ryeshene Bronson on a 42-yard touchdown pass opening a 24-3 margin with 9:53 left in the third quarter.
The Orange mounted a comeback as Jordan Fredericks caught a pass from quarterback Eric Dungey under pressure and escaped several Bull tacklers en route to a 30-yard touchdown in a 4-play 72-yard drive in 2:19. Syracuse stayed within two scores at 24-10.
Syracuse then recovered a quarterback sack fumble at the USF 16 yard line with 6:52 left 3rd quarter. Eric Dungey scored on a 7 yard keeper making it a one score game 24-17 with 5:41 left in the third frame.
Marlon Mack tallied his second TD of the game on a 45-yard run as the Bulls respond with a 3- play 75-yard drive in 52 seconds extending the Bulls lead to 31-17.
A 7-yard touchdown pass from Eric Dungey to Steve Ishmael lifted the Orange back to within 7, 31-24 with a 12 play 75 yard drive in 4 minutes 59 seconds.
Quinton Flowers ended the Orange hopes of coming back again with a pair of touchdowns in the fourth quarter, one on a 2-yard run wrapping up a 15-play 82-yard drive in 5:40 seconds and another with a 14-yard touchdown shovel pass to Rodney Adams with 7:30 left in the fourth quarter sealing the victory 45-24.
Flowers completed 15 of 22 passes for 259 yards and 2 touchdowns for USF.
The Bulls travel to Connecticut next Saturday to face UConn in an AAC Conference game.
The Bulls came into today’s game with a three-game losing streak.
Game time temperature 86 degrees.
Today’s announced attendance: 27,235.
This was Homecoming weekend for the USF Bulls and alumni.
The last time USF played Syracuse was a 37-36 loss at Homecoming 2012.
Syracuse had won 6 of the previous 8 meetings between the two schools coming into today’s game.
The Orange have also won games in Tampa in the 1989 and 1992 “Hall of Fame” bowls.
Former Booker Tornado and Sarasota Sailor running back Marlon Mack came into the game with 392 yards rushing averaging 5.4 yards per carry and 98 yards per game. Mack has 1433 career rushing yards with USF, good for 9th place in school history.
Today was Marlon Mack’s seventh career 100 plus yard rushing game with the Bulls.
USF had lost five consecutive Homecoming games coming into today’s tilt with Syracuse. The Bulls last Homecoming win was over Louisville 34-22 in 2009.
Today’s game was broadcast on the CBS Sports cable network.
Both USF and Syracuse are former members of the Big East Conference from 2005-12.
The Bulls travel to Connecticut to face the UConn Huskies next Saturday, October 17th, (kickoff TBA) in an AAC conference game.
Next home game for USF is Saturday, October 24th against SMU in an AAC conference game kickoff at 7:30 PM. It will also be Military Appreciation Day at Raymond James Stadium.
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(Tampa, FL) Despite a shaky start and several bad penalties on offense, the USF Bulls straightened themselves out and easily defeated the Florida A&M Rattlers 51-3 in their season opener at Raymond James Stadium Saturday night. The Bulls defense was miserly, limiting an anemic Rattler offense to just one first down and just 23 yards total offense in the first half.
The Bulls managed just three points in the first quarter on a 22-yard field goal by Emilio Nadelman with 2 minutes remaining after a Marlon Mack 7-yard touchdown run was negated by an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. The Bulls had two other touchdowns called back by penalties in the second quarter. Quarterback Quinton Flowers pass to Chris Barr was nullified by an illegal block in the back and Flowers 7-yard sneak was brought back on a holding call.
The Bulls finally tallied a touchdown when Flowers scrambled and broke away from several Rattler defenders and threw across his body to an open Ernest Johnson in the back of the end zone with 7:24 left in the half. A missed extra point limited USF to a 9-0 lead.
Quinton Flowers lofted a 45-yard touchdown pass to Ernest Johnson who rumbled down the sideline to increase the Bulls lead to 16-0 at the half.
USF opened the third quarter with a three play, 66-yard drive in less than a minute capped off by Flowers 22 yard scamper into the end zone giving USF a 23-0 margin.
USF added touchdowns on a 62 yard touchdown toss from Steven Bench to Elkanah Dillon, a 1 yard tally by Marlon Mack who finished the game with 131 yards rushing, a late 15 yard scoring run by Bench with 2:58 left in the game and Darius Tice 2-yard touchdown plunge with :28 left in the contest.
A 21-yard field goal by Colby Blanton finally put FAMU on the board with 4:29 remaining in the third quarter, the Rattlers loan points of the night.
USF totaled 556 yards of total offense against the Rattlers 182. Quinton Flowers completed 12 of 16 passes for 141 yards and 2 touchdowns and ran for 63 yards. Steven Bench went 8 of 10 passing for 140 yards and 1 touchdown. FAMU quarterback Kenneth Coleman was 14 of 29 for 135 yards and 2 interceptions. Coleman had 30 yards on the ground to lead all Rattler rushers.
While the Rattlers were not a great test, the Bulls will take the win and head to next Saturday’s 11:30 AM kickoff up the road in Tallahassee against Florida State at Doak Campbell Stadium.
The Bulls opened their 19th season of football tonight. Coming into tonight’s game, USF was 13-5 all time in season openers and 17-1 in home openers.
Sarasota’s Marlon Mack who played at both Booker High School and Sarasota High School, posted an American Athletic Conference and USF record 275 yards rushing in the season opener last year and led the conference in rushing as a freshman with 1041 yards and 9 touchdowns.
Former longtime Manatee Hurricanes head coach and athletic director Joe Kinnan is Head Coach Willie Taggart’s Senior Offensive Consultant this season. Taggart played for Kinnan at Manatee High School and led the team at quarterback to back-to-back state title games and a 5A championship as a junior.
Other local players on the Bulls roster: Evan Wilson, wide receiver, who played at The Out-of Door Academy in Sarasota, Baity Chardonnae, wide receiver, who played at Palmetto High School, Malik Dixon, safety, who played at Port Charlotte High School and Riley Sheehan, fullback, who played at Riverview High School in Sarasota.
USF has 16 players from the Tampa Bay area on the Bulls two-deep roster heading into the 2015 season.
Bradenton native Willie Taggart begins his third season as Bulls head coach. His record in two seasons is 6-18. Overall, Taggart’s coaching record including his stint at Western Kentucky is 22-38. Taggart graduated from Western Kentucky in 1998.
Willie Taggart is the youngest head coach in the American Athletic Conference at 39 years of age and the sixth youngest in the FBS. P.J. Fleck is the youngest head coach in the Football Bowl Subdivision at 34.
Temple surprised almost everyone by defeating Penn State 27-10. It was the Owls first win over the Nittany Lions since 1941 breaking a 28 game losing streak. USF hosts Temple at Raymond James Stadium on Saturday November 14.
Announced attendance at tonight’s game, 30,494.
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