Instant Analysis: USF 47 Illinois 23

Russ Wood, Senior Writer
Running the Bulls
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South Florida senior quarterback Quinton Flowers threw four touchdown passes and ran for one more in the Bulls 47-23 blowout win over Illinois at Raymond James Stadium Friday night improving their record to 3-0. Flowers’ fourth touchdown pass moved him past past Matt Grothe and B.J. Daniels into second place all-time with 53 touchdown passes at USF.

Flowers, Darius Tice and D’Ernest Johnson each rushed for more than 100-yards on the day.

RunningTheBulls.com was at the game and here is our Instant Analysis:

IT WAS OVER WHEN: Flowers connected with Marquez Valdez-Scantling on a 17-yard touchdown pass with 9:54 left in the third quarter. The point after brought the score to 30-9. There was more than plenty of time for Illinois to come back and make a game of it, but with the exception of one 80-yard touchdown drive the Illini were inept on offense.

HE STOLE THE SHOW: Flowers threw for 280 yards and rushed for another 106. It was his 11th career 100-yd rushing game – he averaged 4.2 yards each time he tucked the rock and ran. Flowers completed 15-of-27 passes with one interception to go along with his four touchdown throws giving him a rating of 184.1

THE STAT DOESN’T LIE: For the second time in program history, South Florida had three 100-yard rushers in the same game (Navy 2016). Tice rushed for 105 yards on 12 carries and Johnson had 101 on 17 carries. For the night the Bulls rushed for 680 yards, the second most yards in program history.

WHAT A PLAY: Nate Hobbs for the Illini returned a blocked Emilio Nadelman point after attempt and retuned it for a defensive PAT.

THE BOTTOM LINE: In the Bulls first two games the offense looked disjointed and out of rhythm at times. Friday night, things were clicking for the Bulls against an opponent from the Big Ten. The Bulls offense looked as advertised, giving the Illini different looks, even using an empty set for the first time all season. We don’t expect the Bulls to average 600 yards of offense the rest of the season, but clearly the offense took a huge step forward.

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