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USF tries to recapture momentum after bad loss to Temple

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Days ago, they had the world on a string.

They were on the edge of the Top 25. Fans were talking about their three-headed offense. Some were concerned Bulls Coach Willie Taggart might leave.

Then came a loss to Temple in which the Bulls were pushed around, and everything changed. Suddenly, USF has to regain what slipped away against the Owls.

“We’re ticked off,” Taggart said. “After any loss, you’re ticked off. We’re 6-2, only one loss in the conference. We still have a lot to play for. Our football team is still learning to be champions.”

Friday night, USF (6-2) plays against Navy (5-1). Then it plays against Memphis (5-2). Then come games against rejuvenated SMU and UCF. Suddenly, nothing seems given.

Taggart said he thinks the flaws of USF last week are correctable.

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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