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USF Holds On To Defeat BYU 27-23 Saturday in Tampa

(Tampa, FL) Senior Jordan Cronkrite rushed for 158 yards and two touchdowns, including the go-ahead score with 7:37 remaining to lead USF to a 27-23 homecoming victory over BYU Saturday before an announced Raymond James Stadium crowd of 35,375.

Clinging to a four-point lead, USF (3-3, 1-1 in AAC) came up with consecutive fourth-down stops deep in its own territory to defeat BYU (2-4) in the first-ever meeting between the programs. The Cougars’ final two drives ended at the USF 5 and 20, the last ending after Devin Studstill batted down a pass in the end zone.

USF generated 243 of its 315 total yards on the ground and Cronkrite led the rushing attack with 158 yards on 26 carries in his second-best performance as a Bull. The senior from Miami registered both his rushing touchdowns and racked up 123 yards in the second half.

On a tough day through the air, senior tight end Mitchell Wilcox led the way with two catches for 52 yards, including a 39-yard touchdown reception that put USF on the scoreboard in the second quarter after BYU jumped out to a 13-0 lead.

The wild, first game between the programs started with BYU building a 16-7 halftime lead after the Bulls’ defense forced field goals in the red zone on the Cougars’ final two scoring drives.
BYU took an early 3-0 lead, but the USF defense did lots of damage in the opening quarter with 6 tackles for loss and four sacks.

After BYU extended its lead to 13-0, USF’s offense put together an eight-play, 86-yard scoring drive that was capped off by a 39-yard touchdown reception by Wilcox with 6:01 remaining in the half.

Cronkrite punched in his first touchdown of the season from 1 yard out to help drop USF’s deficit to 16-14 on the first drive of the second half that covered 68 yards on 14 plays.

BYU responded with quarterback Jaren Hall’s 29-yard touchdown run on the next drive, but the Bulls stayed within striking distance recovering a fumble on a punt attempt at the BYU 23 and USF trailed, 23-21, after a 2-yard touchdown run by quarterback Jordan McCloud with 14:57 remaining.

BYU missed a field goal after McCloud’s score and the Bulls turned the opportunity into a 27-23 advantage with Cronkrite’s 3-yard touchdown run with 7:37 to go. Cronkrite secured his second straight 100-yard rushing game on the nine-play, 78-yard drive that was powered by his 41-yard run down to the BYU 15.

BYU marched all the way down to the USF 8 on the next drive before the Bulls came up with a stop on fourth-and-7 from the 10. USF took over with 1:36 to play and, following three running plays, Schneider’s 61-yard punt moved the Cougars back to their own 26 with 1:09 remaining.

BYU got as far as the USF 12 on the final drive of the game that featured Grier’s sack on the crucial third-and-10 play before Studstill’s game-sealing pass breakup.

“That’s a great win for us”, Bulls Head Coach Charlie Strong said, “What we were able to do on defense was just hold them to field goals in the first half and not let the game get away from us”.

USF continues conference play at Navy on Saturday, Oct. 19. Kickoff in Annapolis, Md., is set for 3:30 p.m. and game will be televised on CBS Sports Network.





USF Bulls Agree to Home and Home Football Series with Boise State

(Tampa, FL) The USF Bulls will play a home and home football series with Boise State beginning in 2025 Vice President of Athletics Michael Kelly announced today. The Bulls and Broncos will meet for the first time on Aug. 30, 2025 in Raymond James Stadium. USF will travel to the famous blue turf in Boise, Idaho on Sept. 11, 2027.

“Boise State is a very exciting addition to our football schedule and one I believe will have national interest,” Kelly said. “The Broncos have a highly successful program that has been prominent on the national stage over the last two decades, and I think our student-athletes and fans will look forward to two high quality games and a trip out west to compete on the blue turf.”

USF also announced other schedule adjustments: A return game in Tampa vs. San Jose State, originally slated for the 2023 season, has been moved back to Sept. 20, 2025 in Raymond James Stadium. The Bulls visit to Northern Illinois, originally set for Aug. 30, 2025, will be moved to Sept. 25, 2027 in DeKalb, Illinois.

USF’s 2025 season non-conference schedule now contains games vs. Boise State (Aug. 30), at Florida (Sept. 6) and vs. San Jose State (Sept. 20), with one date remaining to be filled.

The Bulls and Broncos have never played against each other in football and USF has never played in the state of Idaho. The 2027 game in Boise, Idaho will mark just the fifth game for USF in the west. The Bulls will play at BYU in 2021 in the first western locale game on the schedule since USF won at San Jose State in 2017.

Boise State has played in 18 bowl games and won 12, including a 3-0 mark in Fiesta Bowl appearances, while claiming 19 conference titles. Entering head coach Bryan Harsin’s sixth season in 2019, the Broncos have won at least nine games every year under Harsin and compiled a 52-15 record in his tenure. The Broncos posted a 10-3 mark last season, losing in overtime to No. 25 Fresno State in the Mountain West championship game.

USF currently has 13 scheduled non-conference games vs. Power 6 opponents over the next eight seasons (through 2026) in addition to home-and-home series vs. Boise State (2025 & 2027) and BYU (2019 & 2021).

The Bulls will play six of those games vs. ACC opponents, including contests vs. Georgia Tech (2019), N.C. State (2021 & 2024) and Louisville (2022, 2024 & 2026). Future schedules also include dates vs. SEC foe Florida (2022, 2023 & 2025), Big 12 opponent Texas (2020, 2022 & 2024) and Big Ten foe Wisconsin (2019).





USF Bulls Get Miracle Last Second Win in Tulsa Friday Night to Remain Unbeaten

(Tulsa, OK) No. 23 USF rallied back from a 14-point fourth quarter deficit and defeated Tulsa, 25-24, thanks to a 22-yard field goal by Coby Weiss with two seconds remaining Friday night.

USF (6-0, 2-0 in AAC) stormed back with 15 unanswered points and used a seven-play, 52-yard scoring drive in the final minute to improve to 6-0 for the second straight season. Weiss’ kick was set up by a 32-yard catch by Tyre McCants that got the Bulls down to the Tulsa 5 before they stopped the clock with a spike.

USF put together its largest fourth-quarter comeback since rallying from 15 points down at Nevada in 2012. Getting the job done helped the Bulls become bowl eligible for the fourth straight season and they set a program record for wins across a four-season period (35-9, 79.5% winning percentage).

Blake Barnett led the fourth-quarter comeback with two touchdown runs down the stretch. The junior quarterback completed consecutive passes to Mitchell Wilcox for a total of 28 yards on the game-winning drive before his pivotal 32-yard strike to McCants. Wilcox finished with five receptions for 95 yards while McCants covered 91 yards on a game-high eight catches.

Junior back Jordan Cronkrite extended his 100-yard rushing game streak to four with 151 yards on 23 carries during a performance that included a 66-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Cronkrite has rushed for 582 yards in the past three games and has757 yards in just five games.

After having eight days to prepare for the Bulls, Tulsa (1-5, 0-3) took a 10-3 lead into halftime despite being outgained in total offensive yards by a 171-134 margin.

Tulsa grabbed a 7-0 advantage with 5:09 remaining in the first quarter and USF responded less than four minutes later with a 22-yard field goal by Weiss. The 11-play, 78-yard scoring drive was kept alive by Wilcox’s 45-yard reception on third-and-15 from the USF 12.

USF’s defense kept things close in the opening half by forcing five punts, including four three-and-outs.

The Bulls evened things up at 10-10 just over a minute into the second half thanks to Cronkrite’s 66-yard sprint to the end zone. It marked the junior’s team-leading sixth touchdown run of the year and his fourth scoring run from at least 66 yards out this season, a USF season record.

Tulsa scored 14 straight points to take a 24-10 lead into the fourth quarter before the Bulls answered back midway through the period. Barnett’s 1-yard touchdown run with 7:10 remaining got the Bulls closer but the extra-point attempt was blocked.

USF forced Tulsa’s eighth punt of the game and got the ball back with 4:48 remaining. Barnett moved the chains twice on third-and-long with runs of 13 and 11 yards before Darnell Salomon (Miami) got the Bulls down to Tulsa 14 with a 31-yard catch and run.

Barnett’s 12-yard touchdown run with 2:09 to play dropped the deficit to 24-22 but he couldn’t complete the two-point conversion with his feet. USF’s defense ended up forcing Tulsa’s ninth punt of the game and the Bulls got the ball back at its own 43 with 1:03 remaining.

Key plays on the final drive by Barnett, Wilcox, McCants and Weiss helped the Bulls improve to 13-2 in games away from Tampa in the last three seasons. USF has won four straight vs. AAC West Division foes.

Head Coach Charlie Strong: “The thing about these guys is they just don’t quit. We were down 14 with less than 10 minutes to go in the game and we get in there and get us a drive put together. If there is a bigger player than Wilcox and McCants, I’d love to see them. Those guys came down with some big catches and Blake made the throws at the right time. I’m just so happy and so proud of this team and the way they battled.”

USF returns to Tampa at Raymond James Stadium to host UConn in the program’s homecoming game on Saturday, Oct. 20. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. and the game will be televised on CBS Sports Network.





USF Captures War on I-4 Trophy with 48-31 victory over UCF in Tampa

(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.

Bull Shots

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.



Quinton Flowers Five Touchdowns leads USF over UConn 42-27 in Tampa

(Tampa, FL) Quinton Flowers ran for three touchdowns and passed for two more to lead the USF Bulls to a 42-27 American Athletic Conference victory over the UConn Huskies Saturday night at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL. Despite four turnovers for the Bulls, the win keeps USF (6-1, 3-0) undefeated in the AAC and in first place in the East Division.

“We can play better”, Bulls Head Coach Willie Taggart, said. “We had 4 turnovers and still won the game.”

Trailing 17-14 early in the third quarter, USF rallied with four touchdowns the rest of the way to secure bowl eligibility and maintain the top spot in its division.

Quarterback Quinton Flowers gave the Bulls its first lead when he zig-zagged his way to a 54-yard touchdown run on the Bulls second play on offense.

“It was like watching a video game”, his coach Willie Taggart joked after the game.

Flowers would score two additional touchdowns on the ground and toss for two more. The junior signal caller had a career night rushing for 157 yards on 16 carries and completing 23 of 37 passes for 213 yards. The only downside to his game was a pair of interceptions.

Marlon Mack scored on a 34 yard run with 2:57 left in the game to break the 100-yard rushing barrier for the 17th time in his USF career. Mack carried the ball 16 times for 107 yards and also caught six passes for 75 yards.

UConn (3-4, 1-3) quarterback Bryant Shirreffs threw for a pair of touchdowns while connecting on 22 of 39 passes for 306 yards. Arkeel Newsome led the Huskies ground game tallying 72 yards on 15 carries and one touchdown.

The Bulls have a short week as they continue their AAC schedule next Friday night on the road in Philadelphia against Temple in a 7:00 PM kickoff. The game is scheduled to be broadcast on ESPN.

Bull Shots

Tonight’s game was broadcast nationwide on CBS Sports Network.

Tonight’s win was the fifth straight for USF over UConn.

UConn last played in the Tampa Bay area in last December’s St. Petersburg Bowl at Tropicana Field, losing to Marshall 16-10.

Uniform Shuffle: The Bulls wore pink accents on their all green uniforms and white helmets for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Tonight’s win makes the USF bowl eligible for the second earliest time in school history. The Bulls won their sixth game on October 13, 2007 against UCF.

Marlon Mack had his 17th career 100-yard rushing game tonight to go over 3000 yards in his USF career.

Before tonight, the last nine games between USF and UConn had been decided by 8 points or less.

Last year (Oct. 17, 2015) the Bulls defeated the Huskies 28-20 in Hartford, CT.

The Bulls play their next two games on Friday nights. Next week (Oct. 21) at Temple and (Oct. 28) against Navy at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.



Marlon Mack and Quinton Flowers lead USF Bulls to a 38-22 Conference Win over East Carolina Pirates

(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.




Bull Shots

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.

Florida State Hands USF 55-35 Loss To End Bulls Three Game Winning Streak

(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).

Bull Shots

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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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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