USF must use its bowl defeat as fuel for next year

by Gary Shelton on December 22, 2015 · 0 comments

in College Sports in Florida, general, USF

Flowers and Mack combined for 216 yards rushing./ANDREW J. KRAMER

Flowers and Mack combined for 216 yards rushing./JEFFREY S. KING

Tuesday, 6 a.m.

If you are Quinton Flowers, you need to remember that fourth-down pass with 3:15 to go, a wild overthrow intended for A.J. Legree that almost missed the stadium.

If you are Marlon Mack, you need to remember your final carry of the game, a two-yard loss with 7:10 to play.

If you are a defensive back for the Bulls, you need to remember the Western Kentucky players winding through your secondary.

For every Bull involved in the Miami Beach Bowl, there is something ugly to remember. The Bulls lost 45-35, but during the meat of the game, the Hilltoppers outscored USF 38-7 at one point. USF had no idea what to do with Western Kentucky quarterback Brandon Doughty and his terrific lot of receivers except line up for the next extra point.

So what should USF do in the aftermath?

Well, remember, that's what. Wear it. Use it. Let it fuel you through the weight training and the wind sprints and the off-season. Remember the disappointment. Remember playing chase.

Remember all of the moments that were so strange after the last two months. Get better from it. Let it drive you. Because otherwise, this won't be a turnaround after all. It will be a fluke.

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