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Even without Marlon Mack, Bulls roll over Northern Illinois

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So much for the Mack Attack.

The USF Bulls, playing without two-time conference rushing leader Marlon Mack, still steamrolled to a big win over Northern Illinois Saturday night, 48-17. Northern Illinois had played in six straight Mid-America Championship games, so it figured to give to Bulls a game.

That didn’t happen. Quarterback Quinton Flowers threw for 350 yards and four touchdowns. He added 53 more yards rushing.

Without Mack, the Bulls turned to backups Darius Tice and D’Ernest Johnson. Tice rushed for 92 yards and Johnson for 87.

The Bulls got 113 yards on only three cathes from Ryeshene Bronson, including a 73-yard touchdown.

Next week, the Bulls travel to Syracuse to take on Orangemen of the Big 10. USF is home against FSU the next week.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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