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Rapid Recap- Bulls pile up points in moving to 5-0

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USF had been plagued by slow starts from the beginning of the season, but Saturday was a different story.

The Bulls’ offense got off to a quick start in its road conference opener against ECU and took the momentum to finish with a resounding 61-31 win.

USF found the end zone early when RB D’Ernest Johnson scored his 12th career rushing TD and third of the year. Johnson finished with a team-leading 111 rushing yards on 16 carries for two touchdowns.

USF’s rushing attack challenged ECU’s defense from the very start— racking up a total of 390 rushing yards.

It was a big day for WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling who had two touchdowns, including a thrilling 75-yard TD run. Scantling finished the game with 94 receiving yards, and 80 rushing yards.



Coming off a lackluster performance against Temple, QB Quinton Flowers reminded us why he’s one of the best dual-threat quarterbacks in the nation. He completed 10-18 passes for 160 yards and tacked on 93 rushing yards.

During Saturday’s game, Flowers surpassed Tim Tebow as the all-time quarterback rushing leader in the state of Florida’s FBS history. He’s now just shy of 3,000 rushing yards in his career.



Six different Bulls scored touchdowns for the Bulls, including linebacker Auggie Sanchez who scored on a 43-yard interception return. Sanchez led the Bulls defense with 10 total tackles.

The Bulls are now tied for the second longest streak in modern history with at least 30 points scored in a game at 22 games— just one game behind the record of 23 held by Oregon (2011-12).

Saturday also marked the highest-scoring game for USF since November 2015.

The undefeated Bulls will return to action for Homecoming on Saturday, Oct. 14 vs. Cincinnati in Raymond James Stadium.

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