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WKU’s Brandon Doughty riddles USF’s secondary in Miami Beach Bowl

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Brandon Doughty is so good, he can give his opponent a head start and still win. Doughty, playing his final game for Western Kentucky, spotted USF a 14-0 lead and spent much of the first half looking spotty. However, he ended up hitting 32 of 45 passes for 461 yards and three touchdowns to lead his team to a 45-35 win over USF. The Bulls’ secondary never had a chance. Nicholas Norris caught five of Doughty’s passes for 120 yards…

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USF’s defense attempts to measure up in Miami Beach Bowl

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Now that the USF Bulls are in a bowl game, can they prove that they belong? More precisely, can the defense of the Bulls hang with the high-powered offense of Western Kentucky? In Monday’s Miami Beach Bowl, can USF be Hilltopper stoppers? In a lot of ways, this game is about Willie Taggart, who coaches USF and used to coach (and play for) Western Kentucky. More than that, it will be about USF trying to slow down the Hilltoppers. Despite…

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USF must slow Western’s prolific Brandon Doughty to win

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He was there for the taking. All a team would have had to do was crook a finger, and Brandon Doughty would have come running. He had been a very good quarterback for North Broward High School, but the power conferences pretty much ignored him. All he had was an offer to Florida Atlantic. And then Western Kentucky came calling. And found themselves a star. Doughty has been a sensation for the Hilltoppers. He’s the second-ranked quarterback in the nation,…

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Bulls will lean on Marlon Mack, Quinton Flowers against WKU

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The great sports teams don’t just have one star. The great sports teams have two. Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippin. Joe Montana and Jerry Rice. Glenn Davis and Doc Blanchard. Warren Spahn and Johnny Sain. Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. Marlon Mack and Quinton Flowers? They are the power behind the USF Bulls, the running back and the quarterback, the two players who have lifted USF to seven wins in their last eight games, the two who handed Willie Taggart…

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USF’s Willie Taggart to face his alma mater in Miami Beach Bowl

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He was a teenager there, still finding his way, still learning to be what he would be. He was a college student, a book in one hand and a ball in the other. He left as a man. A guy who had been a player, an assistant, a head coach, the molder of the program. And now, Willie Taggart has come full circle. Now, he is the opposition. Taggart, the head coach at USF, has the world on a string…

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USF readies for its seventh bowl game, this time against Western

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For five years, they have waited. Now, in another week, the USF Bulls return to the bowls of college football. USF arrived in Miami Monday to prepare for next Monday’s Miami Beach Bowl, where they will face coach Willie Taggart’s former team, Western Kentucky. The Bulls will be tested by Western quarterback Brandan Doughty. It will be the seventh bowl in which the Bulls have competed. A ranking of the first six. 1. 2008 St. Petersburg Bowl: USF had it’s…

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Reports suggest USF could be going to Miami Beach Bowl

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Bowl bids will not officially be announced until Sunday afternoon, but an early leak has the University of South Florida going to Miami. According to a report by ESPN, which operates the bowl, USF would play Dec. 21 in the Miami Beach Bowl against Western Kentucky. An added footnote to the game would be Willie Taggart coaching against his former Western team, where he coached and quarterbacked. Western plays against Southern Miss for the Conference USA title o\in Saturday’s playoff…

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