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Gameday: 3 things to know about USF at Temple

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It’s “Friday Night Lights” for USF in American Conference action as they travel to Philly to play Temple in an Eastern division battle.

Bulls offense gassed up and ready to launch, again

We have been telling you for weeks now, the Bulls have one of the most explosive and prolific offenses in college football through the first two months of the season. QB Quinton Flowers is coming off a five TD performance in the win over UConn last Saturday, which earned him AAC offensive player of the week honors. Meanwhile, RB Marlon Mack has been his compliment with four 100 yard rushing games and counting this season. The Bulls have a 12 game streak of rushing for at least 200 yards and an 11 game streak of scoring at least 35 points.  Those are both the longest in D-1 football, currently.

Temple pulled a rabbit out of the hat last Saturday night

With :33 remaining in Orlando, the Owls trailed by five points and stood 70 yards from the UCF goal line without a timeout. Amazingly, in just four plays (completions) QB Phillip Walker led a phenomenal drive down the field and hit receiver Keith Kirkwood with the winning TD pass with :01 on the clock to cap the dramatic 26-25 win. Earlier in the game, the Temple D had trouble with UCF dual threat freshman QB McKenzie Milton who had thrown for 2 TD’s and broken of a long run for third score as they built the lead to 25-7. But, Temple showed great resolve on the road, didn’t panic, ran the ball well throughout the game and got themselves into position to win. Will they dramatics of last Saturday translate into momentum for the Owls six days later? Or could they be a little flat emotionally? We’ll see.

Revenge? Did someone say, revenge?

A year ago in November, the Bulls, behind Flowers and Mack, stomped all over Temple in a 44-23 win in Tampa. That started USF’s final push of wining each of their final three games by 3 TD’s or more. Don’t think for a second that Owls coach Matt Rhule has had to remind any of his guys about that night at Raymond James Stadium. Meanwhile, USF head coach Willie Taggart has his team in first in the division at 3-0 and also, has to have reminded his team of what could be waiting for them in prime time Friday night.

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