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USF Bulls Add FAMU and Bethune-Cookman to Future Home Football Schedule

(Tampa, FL) USF Vice President of Athletics Michael Kelly announced the addition of five home games to the Bulls’ future football schedules as USF inked agreements for three visits from Florida A&M and a pair of visits from Bethune-Cookman to Raymond James Stadium.

The addition of the home series with the in-state programs leaves USF with just two non-conference dates remaining to be filled through the 2027 season, with one date remaining to be filled in each of the 2022 and 2023 seasons.

“We are excited to add five home games vs. a pair of in-state programs and to be able to continue to build and highlight the great tradition of college football in the state of Florida,” Kelly said. “Florida A&M and Bethune-Cookman both have deep traditions and passionate fan bases and we look forward to a great atmosphere in Raymond James Stadium for these games.”

The Bulls will renew the series with FAMU starting on Sept. 18, 2021 and the Rattlers will also visit Tampa on Sept. 23, 2023 and Sept. 18, 2027. USF leads the series with FAMU, 3-0, and posted a 51-3 victory in the last meeting in 2015.

The Bulls will meet Bethune-Cookman for the first time ever on Sept. 12, 2020 and the Wildcats will return to Tampa on Sept. 26, 2026.

Both programs will travel their notable marching bands to perform at the contests in Raymond James Stadium.

The Bulls have scheduled 17 non-conference games vs. Power 6 opponents over the next 10 seasons, including three-game series with Alabama, Florida and Miami, as well as home-and-home series vs. Boise State (2025 & 2027) and BYU (2019 & 2021). The 17 contests vs. Power 6 opponents are tied for the most among American Athletic Conference teams. The Bulls have at least one Power 6 non-conference opponent scheduled in each of the next 10 seasons and two or more in seven of those seasons.

Six future non-conference opponents can claim a national championship and the Bulls will be facing programs during that span that claim a total of 34 national championships. Six future non-conference opponents in the next 10 seasons rank among the top 25 all-time in Associated Press Top 25 Poll appearances.

The Bulls will play nine games vs. ACC opponents and six vs. SEC foes in the coming years. Future ACC opponents include Georgia Tech (2019), Louisville (2022, 2024 & 2026), Miami (2025, 2027 & 2028) and NC State (2021 & 2024). Future SEC opponents include dates vs. Alabama (2023, 2024 & 2026) and Florida (2022, 2023 & 2025). The Bulls will also face Big 12 opponent Texas (2020) and Big Ten foe Wisconsin (2019).

USF Bulls Rattle FAMU 51-3 in Season Lid Lifter at Raymond James Saturday Night

(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.
Bull Shots

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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