Another prime time game, another sloppy start, but still another blowout for the USF Bulls. This time in their American conference opener against Temple, USF rolled to another easy win 43-7.
They were sloppy in the first half last Friday night against Illinois before pulling away for a 47-23 win.
Thursday night began with false start penalties, sacks, and other problems on offense had the Bulls sputtering to only a 3-0 lead at the end of one quarter.
But, defensive back Deatrick Nichols picked off two passes and added a forced fumble later in the second quarter. And, the Bulls finally started to capitalize with 17 points off those turnovers to lead 20-0 and never looked back.
Running back Darius Tice added 117 yards on 15 carries and two TD runs including this one:
NOBODY was going to stop Tice!https://t.co/0V5gxUc4sD
— American Football (@American_FB) September 22, 2017
The bigger story was ineptitude of Temple’s offense, which had -15 yards in the first quarter, and, then, turned the ball over three times in four plays to start the second half. At that point, the Bulls pushed the lead to 30-7 and were never going to be threatened. Temple finished with a disastrous 85 total yards and zero points scored on offense.
Bulls senior kicker Emilio Nadelman knocked through five field goals, including two from 44 yards out.
USF star QB Quinton Flowers had an off night completing only 8-20 passes for 96 yards and didn’t do a lot overall statistically. But did score on two short TD runs, becoming USF’s all time rushing TD leader with 34.
The Bulls also extended the nation’s longest streak of scoring at least 30 points in a game to 21. This dates back to the end of the 2015 season. The current modern record of 30 or more points in a game is 23 games set by the Chip Kelly 2011-12 Oregon Ducks.
The Bulls, now 4-0, will travel to East Carolina next Saturday to play their first AAC road game.