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USF rolls up 65 points in runaway victory over Cincinnati

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Maybe this season holds more than a bowl game for the USF Bulls.

Maybe, it also has a championship on the line.

USF won for the sixth time in its last seven games Friday night, blowing a highly regarded Cincinnati team out of the stadium in a 65-27 victory. The Bulls have now scored 109 points in its last two games.

If USF beats winless Central Florida next week, and if Temple loses to Memphis or UConn, then the Bulls would win the Amerian Athletic Conferce East title.

The Bulls jumped the Bearcats from the first play, a 65-yard touchdown pass from Quinton Flowers to Rodney Adams. Flowers threw for four touchdowns in less than three quarters of play. Running back Marlon Mack had his seventh 100-yard game of the year, rushing for 106 yards and two scores. As a team, the Bulls gained 561 yards.

Cincinnati was down 51-3 at the half, but playing with such a huge lead is obviously new for the Bulls. Still, backup quarterback Stephen Bench threw for one touchdown and ran for another.

For USF coach Willie Taggart, the Bulls look like a team that has turned its program around. The Bulls started 1-3, but they have since scored 38 or more four times.

USF rushed for 235 yards in the first half and converted its first eight third-down situations.

The Bulls now play against arch-rival UCF, which is 0-11, next Thursday night.

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 garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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