Tampa, Fl – The FBS AAC South Florida Bulls welcomed the FCS MEAC Florida A&M Rattlers to town for
7pm match up on the first Saturday of the 2015-16 college football season. You could clearly see the
nerves from FAMU as the game started but it was to be expected playing in an all-new scheme under
new head coach Alex Woods and the new coaching staff.
The Bulls quickly forced a punt on the Rattlers first possession and drove down into the red zone but the
Rattlers stiffened up on defense and forced a turnover on downs. The teams would go on to trade
possessions with neither offense able to get much going against the opposing defense. At the end of the
first quarter the Bulls led the game 3-0.
The second quarter picked up where the first left out with the teams trading possessions. It was clear
that this early in the game neither team had a clear advantage over the other. The Bulls were finally able
to drive into the red zone once again where they had two touchdowns called back due to penalties but
the third time was a charm and QB Quinto Flowers was able to scramble and throw a 22 yard
touchdown pass to the back of the end zone to D’Erne. Johnson. As the half got close to the end the
Rattlers was still not able to get anything going on offense. With only a couple of minutes left in the half
the Bulls were able to strike again on a long touchdown pass which put them up 16-0 which was the
score that was taken into halftime.
It didn’t take the Bulls long to get hot in the third quarter and on their first possession they drove 66
yards down the field and Flowers capped the drive with a 29 yard touchdown run. USF continued to
stymie QB Carson Royal and the Rattlers offense and the game had the feel that it could get out of
control unless the Rattlers found a way to score on offense and play more consistently on the defensive
side. With another long touchdown by the Bulls they pushed their lead to 30-0 and it became even
clearer that the Rattlers could not gain any momentum on offense. The Rattlers were finally able to get
into the red zone and came away with 3 points on a field goal kick by Colby Blanton so the thought of a
possible shutout was off the table.
In the fourth quarter USF added on to their big lead with a touchdown run that put them up 37-3 and
even more spectators filed out of the stadium after that touchdown. USF continued to run the ball but
did not let up and scored another touchdown with under a minute left in the game. After a second half
which snow-balled the final score read 51-3 in favor of the Bulls.
The first half of the game was extremely sloppy but entertaining for both fan bases, and both defenses
played some really good football. Unfortunately for the Rattlers the Bulls depth and overall talent
advantage took over in the second half and they ran away with the game. My players of the game are
USF’s RB, Marlon Mack who gained 144 yards on the ground and had one touchdown, and FAMU’s LB,
Akil Blount who finished the game with 11 tackles and 1.0 TFL.
Photo by Urvick Photography