Bulls say Bearcats won't 'trap' them
In the wake of one of USF's most resounding -- and celebrated -- upsets in years, it might be easy for some to classify the Bulls' matchup Friday with Cincinnati as a potential trap game.
But the Bulls insist there will be no hangover from Saturday's 44-23 victory against, Temple or any peeking ahead to their Thanksgiving night game at rival UCF.
Senior LB Zack Bullock, a Sebring native, said Tuesday the team isn't satisfied with only reaching bowl eligibility for the first time in five years. It still has its eye on the American Athletic Conference title.
"I don't see how it can be a trap game," he said. "We haven't necessarily won anything. We have everything still in front of us, so we're excited. We've got everything to play for.
"The Temple deal was just something we had to do in order to reach our goal. It's just like this game, it's something we had to do. ... It's going to take some extreme focus to get done."
BIG MACK: Coach Willie Taggart said he took note of sophomore TB Marlon Mack surpassing the 1,000-yard mark for the second consecutive season against Temple, though it was relegated to subplot amid the stirring victory.
Mack, who became only the second player in program history to post two 1,000-yard seasons, rushed for a season-high 230 yards and two TDs on 21 carries against the Owls.
"I challenged Mack at the beginning of the year, 'Don't have a sophomore slump,'" Taggart said. "It goes back to you're either getting better or you're getting worse. No one stays the same. ... And he's determined to be better than he was, and I think he is better than what he was his freshman year."
ODDS AND ENDS: USF is 3-0 this year when the CBS Sports Network broadcast team of Dave Ryan (play-by-play), Corey Chavous (analyst) and Lauren Gardner (sidelines) calls its games. The trio returns to Raymond James Stadium on Friday. ... With a triumph against the Bearcats, USF matches the program single-season record of five conference wins.
AUDIBLE: "We didn't talk much about it publicly or anything, but we just talked about it because we're...not on the West Coast anymore or we're not necessarily doing all West Coast things. We're doing some West Coast principles and some things, so we figured we'd just add it together. We're on the gulf, so we're a Gulf Coast Offense." -- Taggart on the new name for USF's offense