1. Welcome to The Show: Five true freshmen — Marlon Mack, Devin Abraham, Deatrick Nichols, D'Ernest Johnson and Ryeshene Bronson — formally relinquished their redshirts by logging playing time on Saturday night against Western Carolina. Including transfers, nine players suited up for the first time as a Bull.
2. Say That Again: While announcing a USF timeout late in the second quarter, referee Michael Roche unintentionally referred to the Bulls as "UCF" over the public address system. That sparked a chorus of boos from the crowd and an irate, stadiumwide chant of "U-S-F, U-S-F!"
3. Hello, End Zone: The Bulls' four offensive touchdowns represented more than 33 percent of their total from last season — a Division I-A-worst 11.
Sights and sounds
USF unveiled its new gold chrome helmets along with nameless jerseys. ... Even after the lengthy weather delay, USF's student section was almost at full capacity in the north end zone. According to USF, 6,392 made the trip from campus to Raymond James Stadium. ... In the third quarter, U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Patrick Delaney proposed to his girlfriend, Amanda, on the field during a media timeout. After a standing ovation from the fans, she said yes.
Record in peril?
Senior wide receiver Andre Davis had a 44-yard reception — his lone catch of the night — in the second quarter to extend his school record for consecutive games with one to 31. That streak could be in jeopardy, though, as the former Jefferson High standout left the game after the play with a bruised sternum and did not return.
A few tweets from fans we came across Saturday.
"It took 2 quarters, 10 minutes and 3 seconds, to get our first lead of the season. Against an FCS team. Not good." — @ESmith311
"Marlon Mack is our savior" — @Tophermejia
"Where can I file a formal complaint to the AAC for the refs calling the #USF #Bulls "UCF"?" — @ChrisJLemus
"Well. On a positive note we scored a touchdown. Didn't do that for quite a few games last year. #USF #TryingToFindSomethingToHoldOnTo" — @gengen1121
The last word
How 'bout we trade in Taggart's bus for a Mack truck?