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USF rolls on with 48-17 win over NIU Huskies in Tampa





(Tampa, FL) The USF “Gulf Coast” offense put on another great show with a dominant performance for Willie Taggart’s Bulls in a 48-17 blowout victory over Northern Illinois University Saturday night at Raymond James Stadium. Quinton Flowers threw four touchdown passes and 350 yards while Darius Tice rushed for 120 yards in 19 carries and a touchdown leading the Bulls to its first 2-0 start since 2012.

Marlon Mack, the Bulls leading rusher did not play due to a concussion he suffered in last week’s win over Towson. Mack’s absence, though missed, did not slow down a relentless, no huddle Bulls offense that racked up 662 yards in total offense against the Huskies.

The Bulls scored on its second possession of the game when Rodney Adams scampered into the end zone from 11 yards out capping off a 10-play, 80-yard drive.

After an NIU 3 and out, Quinton Flowers connected with Ryeshene Bronson in stride down the sideline for a 73-yard touchdown in a speedy, 3-play, 84-yard drive in 1:15 to put the Bulls ahead 14-0. It was Flowers longest touchdown pass so far of his career.

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After a 31-yard Emilio Nadelman field goal early in the second quarter, the Bulls quarterback fired a 26-yard strike to Rodney Adams wrapping up another patented Bulls lightning quick 74-yard scoring drive in 2:06 opening a 24-0 lead over the shell-shocked Huskies.

Emilio Nadelman added another field goal from 36 yards ending an impressive first half of offensive football for the Bulls who racked up 370 yards of total offense in the first 30 minutes.

Quinton Flowers added touchdown passes of 13 yards to D’Erne Johnson and 6 yards to Chris Barr in the second half to equal his career high.

Darius Tice topped a fine rushing night with a 13-yard touchdown run for the Bulls 6th end zone appearance of the game.

Ryeshene Bronson led all USF receivers with 113 yards and a touchdown.

The Bulls hit the road for the first time in 2016 next Saturday in upstate New York against Syracuse. Kick-off is scheduled for 3:30 PM.

Bull Shots

Coming into tonight, the Bulls had won 6 of their last 7 home games at Raymond James Stadium, averaging 45 points per game.

Sarasota’s Marlon Mack who is 252 yards away from breaking the all-time USF rushing record, did not play due to concussion suffered in last week’s game against Towson.

Tonight’s win against NIU gave the Bulls a 2-0 mark to start the season for the first time under Head Coach Willie Taggart. The last time USF started 2-0 was 2012.

USF and NIU last played each other in the 2009 International Bowl in Toronto, Canada, which the Bulls won 27-3.

The Bulls defeated NIU 37-6, in 2002 here in Tampa. NIU beat USF, 20-17 in DeKalb, Illinois in the school’s first meeting in 2001.

The Bulls are not scheduled to play NIU on the road until 2025.

The last time NIU played a game in Florida was October 9, 2004 in Orlando against UCF.

Tonight’s game was televised nationally on the CBS Sports Network.

The Bulls wore their all green uniforms with gold numbers and gold helmets with the green Bulls logo tonight.

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USF Bulls Tame Towson Tigers 56-20 in 20th Season Opener at Raymond James Stadium

(Tampa, FL) The 20th season of USF football began with a roar as the Bulls soundly defeated the Towson Tigers 56-20 Saturday night at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL. Head Coach Willie Taggart in his 4th season at the helm of the Bulls watched his high octane, no-huddle offense roll over the Tigers defense in the season lid lifter.

USF jumped ahead quickly 1:39 into the game when Quinton Flowers zipped a pass to Darius Tice who eluded several defenders and rumbled into the end zone from 43 yards out capping off a speedy 6-play, 80-yard drive.

Marlon Mack tallied the Bulls second score with a 7-yard touchdown run set up by a 57-yard kickoff return after a Towson field goal to make it 14-3. Mack would later leave the game after a hard hit which caused a fumble early in the second quarter. He walked off the field on his own power but would not return to the game.

Quinton Flowers tossed his second touchdown pass of the game a 51-yarder to Marquez Valdes-Scantling at the 6:56 mark of the second quarter and then ran one in from 5 yards out on the Bulls next possession to put USF ahead 28-10 at the half.

The Bulls quarterback added another rushing touchdown midway through the 3rd quarter before leaving the game to his backup Brett Kean, who threw 2 touchdowns of his own.

Flowers completed 8 of 18 for 178 yards with 2 touchdowns, 1 interception and 58 yards on the ground. Kean went 5 for 7 with 2 touchdowns.

Marlon Mack rushed 9 times for 58 yards and 1 touchdown.

Darius Victor led all runners with 78 yards on 23 carries and 2 scores for Towson. Tiger quarterback Morgan Mahalak completed 16 of 36 with no touchdowns and 1 interception.

USF hosts Northern Illinois next Saturday night at Raymond James in a 7PM kickoff before heading to Syracuse the following week.
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Bull Shots

Tonight’s game marked the start of the 20th season of USF Bulls football and 17th at the FBS level.

Coming into tonight, the Bulls were 14-5 in season openers and 18-1 in home lid lifters.

Former Booker Tornado (Sarasota) high school standout Marlon Mack who was the offensive juggernaut for the Bulls on the ground last season brought a streak of 5 straight 100-yard games into tonight’s contest against Towson.

Mack led the AAC in rushing for the second straight season last year averaging 115 yards per game, 1381 overall. He has 2422 career rushing yards, 309 away from setting a new school record.

WR Rodney Adams set a USF record with 822 receiving yards last season.

Junior quarterback Quinton Flowers returns as the Bulls field general. Flowers tossed 22 touchdowns in 2015 and ran for 12.

USF has been picked by many to win the East Division of the American Athletic Conference.

In addition to the USF radio network, tonight’s game was broadcast nationally on the American Sports Network and ESPN 3.

This was the first meeting between the two schools.

Former Manatee Hurricane Willie Taggart enters his fourth season as head coach of the Bulls and seventh overall.

The Bulls were 8-5 overall and 6-2 in the AAC in 2015.

15 starters return to the Bulls lineup this season from last year.

The Bulls are 126-101 overall in their 19 year history and 106-88 in the FBS. USF has a 4-3 record in bowl games.

The Bulls wore all green uniforms, green helmets with fluorescent yellow numbers tonight.

This was the first game ever for the Towson Tigers in the state of Florida.

Earlier today in the AAC, #15 Houston upset #3 Oklahoma 33-23.

The Bulls host Northern Illinois next Saturday (Sept. 10) at Raymond James 7PM EDT.

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East West Shrine Game Tropicana Field St. Petersburg, FL Saturday Jan. 23




One of the most popular college all-star games has been the East West Shrine Game which will be played Saturday, January 23rd at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, FL, kickoff at 4PM ET. For many years the game was played in California. The past few years it has been played in Florida, first in Orlando and now in St. Petersburg at the Trop. NFL Network will broadcast the game featuring collegiate all stars from the U.S. and Canada. Charlie Weis will coach the East squad, June Jones will coach the West squad. Click here for more information on the game. dougmilesmedia will provide coverage during the game via twitter, facebook and Instagram and a game story here on this website.


Marshall defeats UConn 16-10 in the St. Petersburg Bowl at Tropicana Field

(St. Petersburg, FL) Using a ball control offense and several extended drives, the Marshall Thundering Herd defeated the UConn Huskies 16-10 this afternoon in the 8th St. Petersburg Bowl played at Tropicana Field. Marshall had 5 consecutive possessions at one time of more than 10 plays, keeping the ball for nearly 35 minutes en route to their 10th victory of the season.

Keion Davis was named game MVP with a 10 carry, 73-yard performance including a 41-yard scamper late in the 4th quarter setting up Nick Smith’s 3rd field goal of the contest. Smith connected on kicks from 21, 29 and 32 yards out. Marshall Quarterback Chase Litton completed 23 of 34 passes for 218 Yards with 1 touchdown and 1 interception.

The Thundering Herd took a 7-0 lead midway through the first quarter when Chase Litton lofted a 16-yard touchdown pass to Tight End Ryan Yurachek. It was Litton’s 23rd TD pass of the season.

UConn responded with a 13-play, 71-yard scoring drive taking 6:19 off the clock capped off by an 8-yard touchdown run by Running Back Ron Johnson tying the game at 7-7 with 1:51 remaining in the first quarter.

Nick Smith booted the first of his 3 field goals topping Marshall’s first clock burning drive of 13 plays and 65 yards in 6:02 to regain a 10-7 lead for the Herd.

Smith added a 29-yard field goal after Marshall drove the ball 85 yards in 15 plays in just under 5 minutes giving the Herd a 13-7 lead going into halftime.

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Marshall opened the second half with its third straight drive of more than 10 plays but turned the ball over on downs at the UConn 17 yard line.

Kendall Gant intercepted UConn Quarterback Bryant Shirreff for the first turnover of the game. Marshall again kept the ball for 10 plays and 4 and a half minutes, but game up empty when Nick Smith missed a 42 yard field goal attempt.

The Huskies pulled to within 3 on Bobby Puyol’s St. Petersburg Bowl record long 52-yard field goal with 2 seconds remaining in the 3rd quarter.

UConn’s Jamar Summers intercepted Chase Litton early in the 4th quarter, but UConn’s offense stalled and was forced to punt with 8:19 left in the game. Marshall executed another lengthy drive of more than 10 plays, led by Keion Davis’ 71 yards on 10 carries setting up Nick Smith’s 32 yard field goal with 1:44 remaining. The Thundering Herd’s defense squashed UConn’s last minute hopes forcing a turnover on downs to seal the win for Marshall.

Marshall finishes the 2015 season with a 10-3 record while UConn falls to 6-7.

Bowl Shots

Today is the 8th St. Petersburg Bowl held at Tropicana Field. Marshall University comes in with a 9-3 overall record and 6-2 Conference USA record. UConn finished the regular season at 6-6, 4-4 in the American Athletic Conference.

Marshall averaged just under 33 points per game on offense in 2015. UConn averaged just under 18 points per game on offense.

Today’s officials were from the Mountain West Conference.

ESPN telecast the St. Petersburg Bowl and streamed the game on ESPN3. Tom Hart called the play-by-play with Anthony Becht doing the color and Tiffany Greene on the sidelines. ESPN radio also carried the game with Drew Goodman handling the play-by-play, Rene Ingoglia doing the color and Brett McMurphy on the sidelines.

Events this week in St. Petersburg leading up to the game included a “fill the bowl” contest at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort Grand Ballroom, “Beach Bash” on Madeira Beach, dance and belly flop contests and battle of the bands at Sirata Beach Resort.

Both schools marching bands performed at halftime.

125 players who have played in previous St. Petersburg Bowls have gone on to sign NFL contracts including Blake Bortles (UCF/Jacksonville Jaguars), T.Y. Hilton (FIU, Indianapolis Colts) and George Selvie (USF, NY Giants).

This was the UConn Huskies first bowl game in Florida.

Attendance: 14,652.

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USF Bulls Wrangle SMU Mustangs 38-14, Quinton Flowers Rushes for 201 Yards and 3 Touchdowns

(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.
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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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Bull Shots

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.



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