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USF 45, Syracuse 20: Haiku and Recap

The Bulls roll again, even after falling behind 17-0 in the first quarter.

South Florida v Syracuse Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images

Spotted Syracuse
17 points... no problem!
Bulls in a laugher.

More to come from the Carrier Dome, where Collin is getting ready for postgame coverage. Some quick bullet points:

  • This win ties for the second-biggest comeback in USF history. They also trailed Kansas by 17 points (20-3) in 2008 before rallying to win 37-34. The biggest comeback was 20 points against Tulsa two years ago.
  • The Bulls finished the game on a 45-3 run.
  • The 28 points scored in the second quarter tied a school record for points in any quarter.
  • Quinton Flowers’ day: 12-for-24 for 183 yards and a touchdown passing, 11 carries for 51 yards. He was sacked once. Again, and this is important: no turnovers.
  • Marlon Mack only had nine carries, as USF presumably didn’t want to wear him out or get him injured again before next week’s encounter with FSU. He still gained 115 yards and scored two TDs.
  • D’Ernest Johnson has now been responsible for rushing, receiving, passing, and punt return touchdowns in his USF career. Not many more ways for him to score points unless he starts placekicking.
  • Syracuse gained 549 yards, but they also ran an astonishing 105 plays (the most ever by a USF opponent). In that context, the Bulls’ defense did a pretty good job.

All right everyone, USF is 3-0 on the season and it’s finally FSU week. Start the hype now.