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Joey Knight’s takeaways from USF-UConn

By Joey Knight
Connecticut wide receiver Hergy Mayala (1) breaks up a pass to South Florida wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling (11) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, in East Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Stephen Dunn) CTSD103

1. Saturday’s score could have — and probably should have — been worse. USF had at least four drops, including an excruciating one by Marquez Valdes-Scantling in the end zone when he was well behind his defender. (In fairness, Valdes-Scantling atoned with a 95-yard catch-and-run touchdown, and snagged an onside kick).

2. Enjoy the magic of Quinton Flowers while you still can, Bulls fans (and you have a minimum three more games to relish). A two-play sequence in the fourth quarter epitomized his mesmerizing blend of athleticism and instinctiveness: He gained 9 yards on a third-and-12 dash up the middle, but the play was negated by Valdes-Scantling’s illegal block. So on third and 13, Flowers ran the same play — and gained 20. "It’s just amazing to watch Quinton sometimes and how he gets out of trouble," coach Charlie Strong said.

3. Bulls fans concerned about Strong’s future needn’t worry about Florida; he’s not going there. Arkansas may be another story. The Razorbacks (4-5) needed a fourth-quarter rally to eke out a 39-38 win Saturday against 1-8 Coastal Carolina at home. Strong happens to be an Arkansas native.