A lot was on the line for the USF Bulls (7-0, 4-0) as they entered Saturday night’s contest against American Athletic Conference opponent Tulane (3-4, 1-2).
An undefeated record, a NCAA record and chasing rival UCF for the number 1 spot in the AAC East were looming over the Bulls as they topped Tulane 34-28. With the win, USF also claimed the NCAA record for consecutive games scoring 30-plus points bringing their total to 24. The Bulls surpassed Chip Kelly’s 2011-12 Oregon Ducks for the record.
On the opening drive, USF set the tone of the game with a touchdown and get on the board first. However, Tulane’s offense took as much time off the clock as they could to keep USF’s offense off the field. The Bulls would make only one offensive appearance in the first quarter.
Out of usual fashion, USF didn’t have a slow start, and by the third quarter, they broke the NCAA record with a touchdown making it 34-7. Quarterback Quinton Flowers used his legs and arm to keep the Bulls’ offense rolling throughout the game.
Also in the third quarter Flowers broke the 100-yard rushing line for the 12th time in his career tying former Bull Andre Hall for second all-time at USF.
Quinton Flowers with his 12th career 100-yard rushing game.
Ties Andre Hall for 2nd all-time at USF. pic.twitter.com/a6W3LWAiQD
— USF Football (@USFFootball) October 22, 2017
Alongside Flowers, running back Darius Tice picked up his third 100-yard rushing game this season with a career-high 141 yards.
Special Teams Weren’t As Special This Week
Last week the talk of the town was USF kicker Emilio Nadelman. The senior had a 4-for-4 performance and was named to the AP Mid-Season All-American Second Team.
Tonight was a little different tale. It started with a blocked PAT then followed with a 47-yard missed field goal. Just as it seemed Nadelman had enough misfortune for the night, a field goal attempt late in the fourth was also blocked. That blocked field goal turned into a five-play touchdown for Tulane.
The Defense Disappeared In The Second Half
As mentioned before it wasn’t normal fashion for USF as they beat Tulane. The USF wasn’t off to a slow start in the first half but rather in the second half. Following the NCAA record-breaking touchdown in the third, the Bulls would fail to score again.
It wasn’t just the offense that seemed to disappear in the second half though. The USF defense was visibly sleeping giving up a 34-7 lead. With under three minutes remaining in the game, Tulane grabbed another touchdown to bring it to a one-score game 34-28.
Flowers and the offense would get the ball with 2:40 remaining in the game to drive downfield and hold onto the lead to secure their 12th straight win.
- Tonight’s victory marks head coach Charlie Strong’s 60th career win.
- The Bulls now have eight straight AAC wins.