Story and photos by Yousaf Khan
USF head coach Charlie Strong was somewhat relieved in the postgame interviews after a 31-17 win against the Stony Brook Sea Wolves. Although USF won by 2 touchdowns, the entire game was a struggle and USF didn’t truly put the game out reach until about 1:40 when Darius Tice broke free for a 14 yard touchdown run. The game was tied 17-17 in the 4th quarter after Sony Brook RB Stacey Bedell broke free for a 54 yard touchdown and Bulls fans were wondering what was going on. This was supposed to be the best season in Bulls history and the game was tied in the 4th quarter against a lower division team in the home opener of the season. Strong addressed the media with the following, “I just told our players congratulations on the win, but we played two games where we have yet to play four quarters. This week, we didn’t really wake up until the fourth quarter.” He also attributed that the #19 ranking might making players complement and puts a target for opponents, stating that “We’re going to get everyone’s best because of what we have now, and where we’re ranked and everyone has expectations.”
Our very own George Vinson of Between Classes Sports asked him about how he felt about star QB Quinton Flowers being mentioned a Heisman candidate. Strong responded with “I feel good about my quarterback and he is one of our top leaders, very explosive and a really good football player.”
Flowers also address the media after the game and in reference to putting too much pressure on himself, “I just have to go out and make the right reads. I missed a lot of reads tonight and at the end of the day, I put the burden on me.” Vinson also asked Flowers if we will see the same rushing attack that we saw a year ago, Flowers responded with “I just let the game come to me. Whatever my coach tells me to do, I just go out and I play the game and try to make the best for the team.”
The Bulls will open conference play on the road in Connecticut for their next game Saturday September 9 at noon. Bulls fans are hoping that all the kinks are worked out so USF can put a complete game together to go 3-0 on the season.