The 2015 USF Bulls look like a different team than in years past.
USF is coming off a 34-14 loss to FSU, but the scoreboard might not tell the whole story.
The Bulls faced off against the defending ACC Champs and played great defensively to tie it up at the half.
Sophomore quarterback Quinton Flowers, a local kid from Miami Jackson, played well against one of the more heralded defenses in the country; throwing for two touchdowns. Wide receiver D’Ernest Johnson caught both touchdowns and was a big target despite the tough matchup.
Although the Bulls had success through the air, the real surprise was USF’s defense, who held FSU to only 7 points in the first half.
In the second half; however, South Florida couldn’t hold on any longer.
Florida State outscored the bulls 27-7 in the second half and FSU running back Dalvin Cook finished the game with 226 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns.
Despite the second half romping, the USF players and coaches should not get discouraged by the loss. Quinton Flowers held his own for most of the game, and running back Marlon Mack rushed for 83 yards against a defensive line that has been one of the more dominant units in the country over the last two seasons.
But with the momentum gained on the road, where does USF look to next?
This weekend the bulls face off against the Maryland Terrapins out of the BIG10. Maryland is coming off a loss to Bowling Green 48-27 at home, and is a team that USF can definitely perform well against.
The bulls offense should have a great game on Saturday against a Maryland defense allowed over 600 yards of offense to Bowling Green.
But whether or not the Bulls win this football game, the important thing is that USF keeps their confidence going, and improves in all aspects.
Final Prediction: Quinton Flowers throws for over 100 yards and 2 touchdowns and USF picks up the bounce back victory against a struggling Maryland team.
Final Score: USF 31 Maryland 24