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USF can prove it still has its edge against South Carolina in bowl

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The USF Bulls will have to prove that former coach Willie Taggart didn’t take his edge with him in this year’s Birmingham Bowl. Taggart, the primary play-caller for the Bulls, took the head coaching job at Oregon on Wednesday. That leaves the Bulls playing against SEC opponent South Carolina, where head coach Will Muschamp is respected for his defensive prowess. Instead of Taggart, the team will play under interim coach T.J. Weist. USF will still have offensive firepower with quarterback…

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USF pulls away from UCF to win their annual rivalry game

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When the record 10th game had been won, when Willie Taggart was drenched in Gatorade, the only thing USF had left to say to UCF was this: Well, we told you. The Bulls won Saturday the way they have won all season long. They played hold-your-breath offense. They played hold-on-for-dear-life defense. And, in the end, they held on for a 48-31 victory over the UCF Knights for their school-record 10th win. USF piled up 503 yards on offense to pull…

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USF takes big lead in conference game, holds on to beat Navy

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It started out as a stroll in the park. Then USF almost got mugged. For much of Friday night, the Bulls looked as if they were on their way to an impressive victory over American Conference foe Navy. They led 28-0 after one period and 42-14 at the half. Navy, however, came back strong in the final period to narrow the final score to seven. “It was a great win for our football team. I’m really excited with the way our…

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After sluggish start, USF pulls away from East Carolina

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They were on their heels. The game was slipping away. Finally, USF had underperformed, and it seemed as if the day might get away from them. There was 6:58 to play, and suddenly, East Carolina was lining up to go for a two-point conversion to tie the game. The Pirates, behind 24-6 at one point, had scored 16 straight and were only the two-pointer from tying things. And then USF took over. Finally. The Bulls stopped East Carolina’s two-point conversion, then…

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Marlon Mack leads USF Bulls to victory over Cincinnati

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In the history of the USF Bulls, every other running back is now watching Marlon Mack run away. Mack, a junior, became the leading rusher in the history of the school Saturday night in a 45-20 victory over Cincinnati. Mack rushed for 118 yards and two scores, breaking Andre Hall’s old record. Mack broke the record on a 49-yard touchdown run. Quarterback Quinton Flowers had 196 yards passing and 74 yards rushing. “I was really excited about our defense,” said…

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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…

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Athlon Magazine expects good things from USF Bulls football team

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One of the nation’s premier football magazines is bullish on the University of South Florida. Athlon Magazine has picked USF to win the Eastern Division of the American Athletic Conference. The magazine picks USF to play against Houston for the league title. USF returns 93 percent of its offense and seven of its top nine tacklers from its defense. The magazine noted USF’s “exciting options at the skill positions” as it surmised, “USF could very well become one of the…

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