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Rapid Recap- USF overcomes rust again, blows out Illinois

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In what’s becoming a bad trend, the USF Bulls started off slowly with self-inflicted penalties and mistakes, but again, on Friday night they would explode in the second half to win 47-23.

The Bulls QB and top weapon, Quinton Flowers, threw for four TDs and ran for a fifth, as USF was never threatened in the second half. His final TD throw iced the game and put the Bulls up 44-15.

Flowers is now second on USF all time list with 54 career TD throws and this will eight regular season games remaining.

After a 30 minute lightning delay before kickoff, a sloppy first half saw the two teams combined for an almost surreal 26 penalties which was the most in a Division I game since 2004. USF only led 9-2 after the first quarter. But, the Bulls clearly over-matched the Big Ten Illini from there with size and speed to burn

Bulls running backs D’Ernst Johsnon (above) and Darius Tice each went over 100 yards rushing and Flowers also eventually, topped 100 yards in the game, as well.

It’s the first time in South Florida’s 21 year football history to have three separate players go over the century mark rushing in the same game.

USF also extended the nation’s longest streak with at least 30 points scored in a game to 20 games dating back to the end of the 2015 season.

The blowout ruined a homecoming for former Buccaneers and Bears head coach Lovie Smith, who’s in his second year with the Illini. Illinois has a young team, but may be about to have another long year under Smith.

USF, after winning three straight in non-conference, will now play Temple next Thursday in their first AAC game of the year.

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