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.
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.