USF’s Flowers has a record-setting game

by Gary Shelton on October 24, 2015 · 0 comments

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Flowers' 201 rushing yards set a single-game record for USF quarterbacks./ANDREW J. KRAMER

Flowers' 201 rushing yards set a single-game record for USF quarterbacks./ANDREW J. KRAMER

Saturday, 9:44 p.m.

This is what a winning team looks like...again.

This is what a dynamic quarterback looks like...again.

This is what a winning streak feels like...again.

All of the sudden, the USF Bulls are a hot team, and quarterback Quinton Flowers is a hot player. The Bulls showed once again that they aren't the same old Bulls, winning their third straight game behind Flowers' heroics. During that streak, USF has outscored opponents 111-58.

Flowers ran for 201 yards, the most by any quarterback in the FBS this season. Flowers easily broke Matt Groethe's record for USF quarterbacks running.

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Tice stiff-arms Mitchell./ANDREW J. KRAMER

Tice stiff-arms Mitchell./ANDREW J. KRAMER

Flowers threw for 97 more to lead the Bulls to their win. It was the first time since 2011 the Bulls have won three straight.

“The young guys are growing up and learning how to win in different ways,” head coach Willie Taggart said.

With running back Marlon Mack out with his hamstring injury, the Bulls turned to Flowers, who ran for three touchdowns. He was shaken up on his last one, a helicoptering score in the corner of the end zone with 6:19 to play.

“I think the biggest thing is we’ve got a team that’s not afraid of adversity,” said

Bronson sacks Davis./ANDREW J. KRAMER

Bronson sacks Davis./ANDREW J. KRAMER

Taggart, who noted Mack could have played if needed.

Defensively, USF forced a season-high four turnovers and was led by senior safety Jamie Byrd, who racked up 2.0 sacks, 3.0 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and a game-high 10 tackles.

Flowers might have at least doubled his passing yardage had the Bulls not had several dropped passes.

The Bulls visit Navy next week. USF is two wins from being bowl eligible for the first time in five years, but still has to play against Navy, East Carolina, Temple, Cincinnati and UCF.

/ANDREW J. KRAMER

Taggert is within reach of his bowl season./ANDREW J. KRAMER

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