Saturday, April 21, 2018
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Did USF lineman give Bulls a ‘split’ national title?

Thanks to social media's obsession with the bizarre and quirky, the most endearing image of the 2017 Birmingham Bowl likely won't be a Deadrin Senat sack or Quinton Flowers scramble.

Instead, it will be Brooks Larkin's sideline split.

The viral footage du jour is of the 322-pound Bulls sophomore offensive lineman's split late in the fourth quarter of USF's 38-34 victory. A GIF of the split has drawn nearly 10,000 likes on the ESPN College Football official Twitter account.

Larkin performed it shortly after Flowers' 64-yard touchdown pass to Marquez Valdes-Scantling, which gave the Bulls a 31-24 lead. Larkin told ABC Action News the Bulls and Red Raiders had a sideline rivalry going on after each team scored; someone informed Larkin a Texas Tech player had done a post-TD split.

"I said, 'Oh no, no, no this isn't happening,'" Larkin said.

Larkin, who appeared in six games this past season but has been recovering from a knee injury, said "gravity" did most of the work.

The split immediately drew comparisons to the celebratory one executed by Clemson 310-pound DT Christian Wilkins immediately after Tigers' victory against Alabama in the College Football Playoff national title game at Raymond James Stadium. An ESPN tweet comparing the Wilkins and Larkin splits has drawn 314,000 views.

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