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USF handles FAMU for the 1st win of the Season - Between Classes Magazine
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USF handles FAMU for the 1st win of the Season

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.

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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

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