USF Jumps to No. 17 in the Coaches Poll
Program’s highest ranking since 2011
USF moves up one spot in the AP Poll to No. 21
TAMPA, SEPT. 17, 2017 – Coming off a dominating 47-23 victory over Big Ten opponent Illinois, USF (3-0) jumped four spots in the Amway Coaches Poll to No. 17 and one spot in the AP Top 25 Poll to No. 21.
The No. 17 ranking marked USF’s highest since being ranked No. 16 in the AP Poll and No. 14 in the Coaches Poll in week 6 of the 2011 season. It marked the 21stweek in program history USF appeared in the Top 20 in the polls and 33rd in the Top 25. The entire AP and Coaches polls can be seen here:http://www.espn.com/college-football/rankings.
USF racked up 680 yards of offense and 38 first downs vs. Illinois, both program records against an FBS opponent. Three Bulls ran for 100 yards or more for just the second time in program history as Quinton Flowers (106), Darius Tice (105) andD’Ernest Johnson (101) achieved the mark. Flowers was electric as he accounted for 386 total yards and five touchdowns on the day, including passing for 280 yards and a career-best tying four touchdowns. The Bulls ran for 376 yards and four touchdowns, marking USF’s 16th straight game rushing for two touchdowns or more and 14th in the last 16 games running for 200 yards or more.
USF has posted 88 first downs in three games to rank third in the nation. The Bulls are averaging 286.3 yards per game rushing and 522.3 yards of total offense per game to rank 13th and 14th, respectively, in the nation.
The Bulls’ defense grabbed three interceptions vs. Illinois to push its season total to eight, which ranks second nationally. The USF defense has forced eight turnovers and a 2.00 turnover margin to rank 7th and 3rd, respectively, in the nation. The Bulls’ defense held Illinois to just 67 yards rushing and now ranks 14th in the nation allowing 89.3 yards rushing per game.
USF will open its 2017 conference season on Thursday when it takes on defending American Athletic Conference champion Temple (2-1) at 7:30 p.m. in Raymond James Stadium. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN.