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Bulls Offense Erupts in Season Opener Victory Against Tigers

Bulls Offense Erupts in Season Opener Victory Against Tigers

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The USF football team ushered in the 2016 season with a 56-20 victory at home over the Towson Tigers.

The Bulls got off to a quick start with a 19-yard run from senior running back Darius Tice. This gave the Bulls a huge advantage as quarterback Quinton Flowers connected with Tice to drive a 43-yard pass for the first touchdown of the night.

Runaway Bull: Senior running back Darius Tice dashes past a Towan defender during his 43-yard touchdown reception on Saturday. Tice also rushed six times for 32 yards.
Runaway Bull: Senior running back Darius Tice dashes past a Towan defender during his 43-yard touchdown reception on Saturday. Tice also rushed six times for 32 yards.

After giving up points quickly, the Tigers tried to redeem themselves with an interception and attempted to make a comeback drive. They were stopped short and were forced to settle for a 29-yard field goal.

Aided by a 52-yard kickoff return from Rodney Adams, the Bulls were able to answer back to the Towson field goal quickly. Marlon Mack pushed the score to 14-3 with a 7-yard touchdown run.

The Tigers made a comeback in the beginning of the second quarter as their senior running back, Darius Victor, pushed for a touchdown, making the score 14-10. The game held steady for a while until Flowers threw a 51-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Marques Valdes-Scantling, extending the USF lead to 21-10.

With 2 minutes left in the second quarter, Flowers dashed into the end zone to make the score 28-10 at halftime.

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Sweet Victory: Saturday’s rout of the Tigers entertained fans of all ages.

The Bulls’ offensive onslaught continued in the third quarter as Rodney Adams ran four yards to drive the ball into the end zone. USF led 35-10 with 10:04 minutes left in the third quarter.

Several minutes later, the Tigers responded with an 8-yard run touchdown scored by Victor, making the score 35-17. The Tigers committed a costly unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, rewarding the Bulls with a first and goal. Flowers capitalized on the opportunity and scored another touchdown with 5:32 left in the quarter, pushing USF’s lead to 42-17. The last score of the quarter was completed by USF backup quarterback D’Ernest Johnson, who ran the score up 49-17.

The Tigers, desperate to make a comeback at the beginning of the fourth quarter, began to attempt pass after pass, but failed to complete them. Unable to get through the USF defense, Aidan O’Neill drove home a 33-yard field goal, slightly bumping the score to 49-20. Moments later, the Bulls’ freshman quarterback Brett Kean found freshman tight end Mitchell Wilcox to drive a 21-yard pass for his first Bulls touchdown. This sealed USF’s victory over the Tigers with 5:28 left in the game.

Flowers completed eight passes for 178 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed nine times for 46 yards.

The final score was 56-20.

With a great beginning to their season, the Bulls look to take down Northern Illinois next on Sep.10 at Raymond James Stadium.

Photos Courtesy of Jacob Hoag, Jackie Benitez | The Oracle

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