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Quinton Flowers, USF remain unbeaten with rout of East Carolina

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No. 18 South Florida’s typically stout defense sprung more than a few leaks against East Carolina. So the Bulls reverted to what worked pretty well under Willie Taggart last year — they outscored the Pirates.

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USF rolls to 43-7 rout of Temple

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Darius Tice rushed for 117 yards and two touchdowns as No. 21 South Florida dominated defending American Athletic Conference champion Temple 43-7 on Thursday night for its school-record ninth consecutive victory. The Bulls (4-0) have not lost since falling by 16 points to Temple last October in Philadelphia — a setback that wound up costing them a berth in the AAC championship game. Tice scored on runs of 47 and 3 yards. Quinton Flowers, coming off accounting for 386 yards…

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USF Bulls seek to avenge last year’s loss to Temple

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For the second straight week, the University of South Florida Bulls will play at home in prime time on ESPN. Last Friday featured a 47-23 blowout of Illinois while this week brings American Athletic Conference rival Temple (2-1) to Raymond James Stadium to open league play for both teams. The 3-0 Bulls, ranked 21st in the AP Top 25 and 17th in the Amway Coaches Poll, will be looking to avenge last year’s 46-30 loss to the Owls in Philadelphia. It…

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USF starts slowly before rolling over Illinois

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Quinton Flowers threw for 280 yards and four touchdowns and No. 22 South Florida returned from a Hurricane Irma-imposed layoff to rout Illinois 47-23 on Friday night. Flowers moved ahead of Matt Grothe and B.J. Daniels into second place on USF’s career touchdown pass list with 53. The 2016 American Athletic Conference offensive player of the year also scored his 32nd rushing touchdown, tying Marlon Mack‘s school record.

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USF Bulls 2-0, but need to get better

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The good news is the University of South Florida Bulls are 2-0 to start the 2017 season. The better news is they can play much better. Saturday’s 31-17 win at Raymond James Stadium over unheralded Stony Brook was not a thing of beauty, but early in the season a win is a win. Whether it was a matter of taking the Seawolves lightly, or the opponent came to play, or both, the 19th-ranked Bulls will need to engage upcoming opponents…

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Improved South Florida excited to face No. 13 Florida State

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South Florida’s Willie Taggart rejects the notion that facing Florida State is his team’s biggest challenge of the season. The fourth-year coach understands what upsetting the 13th-ranked Seminoles could mean for the national perception of his program, however he insists the Bulls are approaching the Saturday matchup as they do every game on their schedule. “When things were tough and it was hard to win around here, you had to find ways to motivate your guys to go out and…

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By the numbers: Florida State-South Florida preview capsule

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No. 13 Florida State (2-1) at South Florida (3-0), Noon (ABC) Line: Florida State by 6. Series Record: Florida State leads 2-1. WHAT’S AT STAKE Florida State aims to bounce back from a 43-point loss to Louisville that cost the Seminoles the No. 2 ranking and maybe any shot they have of winding up in the College Football Playoff. South Florida, 3-0 for the first time under coach Willie Taggart, hopes to state its case on national television for wide…

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