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USF notes: Mack moves closer to school record

USF tailback Marlon Mack (left) celebrates a touchdown with Marquez Valdes-Scantling during Saturday's romp of Syracuse.

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USF tailback Marlon Mack (left) celebrates a touchdown with Marquez Valdes-Scantling during Saturday's romp of Syracuse.

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In the wake of Saturday's proceedings, both in Kentucky and the Carrier Dome, two scenarios seem a bit more plausible.

A USF upset of Florida State, and Marlon Mack becoming the Bulls' career rushing leader on the same day.

Sidelined last week following a trip through concussion protocol, Mack ran for 115 yards and two TDs on only nine carries in Saturday's 45-20 victory against Syracuse. He enters next weekend's FSU game needing 137 yards to leapfrog Andre Hall (2,731) on USF's all-time list.

"Sitting out is one of the hardest things," Mack said. "But it was for my health, and me and Coach (Willie Taggart) talked about it, and I came back...and I was ready."

Syracuse wasn't -- at least for one play. Facing fourth-and-1 from his own 48 late in the third period, Mack took a Quinton Flowers handoff and dashed untouched around the left side for a touchdown, giving the Bulls a 35-20 lead.

"Nobody actually touched me," he said. "The d-lineman, he shot out inside, and I saw the cornerback at the last minute running over to the right, and I just knew after that it was a touchdown for me."

STILL ROLLING: With three more touchdowns Saturday, WR Rodney Adams now has 16 TDs in his last 12 games (10 receiving, five rushing, one kick return). His trio of scores against the Orange -- two on sweeps -- came on a Carrier Dome surface some Bulls deemed a bit spongy.

"It felt like a speed trap to me," Adams said. "A little soft. But it went perfectly fine, and I was cool with it."

ODDS AND ENDS: The Bulls now are 5-0 at Syracuse and 8-2 overall against the Orange. ... For the second time in program history, and first in 15 years, USF has scored at least 45 points in three consecutive games. It extended its program record with its seventh consecutive contest of at least 35. ... USF is 12-3 under Taggart when running for at least 200 yards. ... Mack's two rushing TDs Saturday give him 20 for his career, tying him with Marquel Blackwell for fifth all-time at USF.

AUDIBLE: "We talked to our guys going into the year, football nowadays, people are gonna get yardage on you, the key is to keep 'em out of the end zone, and our guys did a good job keeping them out of the end zone." -- Taggart,  whose team allowed 549 yards Saturday but held the Orange to three points in the last three quarters.

[Last modified: Saturday, September 17, 2016 9:24pm]

    

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