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USF football knows it needs a lot to beat Kansas

BREAKTHROUGH: As he broke free and was closing in on his first sack Saturday, FSU’s Kenny Ingram said: “This is heaven.’’

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BREAKTHROUGH: As he broke free and was closing in on his first sack Saturday, FSU’s Kenny Ingram said: “This is heaven.’’

TAMPA — USF began preparing for Friday's home game against No. 13 Kansas, with offensive coordinator Greg Gregory saying the Bulls have a lot of work to do in order to beat "a very good football team'' that averages more than 35 points.

"If we're going to beat them, it's going to have to start up front," Gregory said. "We cannot turn the ball over, and we have to keep our offense on the field."

He said that while running backs are important in controlling the clock, every player needs to contribute.

"We can have nine or 10 guys doing what they're supposed to be doing, but if one misses their point of attack, the whole play is ruined," Gregory said.

FORMER BULL DIES: Mike Minus, a USF linebacker from 2000-02, died in a traffic accident Monday, according to a story in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Minus, 27, a Miami native who attended Miami American High, was driving a semitrailer truck that overturned near mile marker 31 on Interstate 75 in Broward County.

"That's a shame. It really is," defensive coordinator Wally Burnham said. "He was a good kid who had overcome a lot. He was a hard-working kid and he never gave us any problems."

FSU: Long wait for sack over for LB

TALLAHASSEE — A four-year wait didn't diminish Seminoles senior LB Kenny Ingram's excitement about his first career sack.

Twice on Saturday, Ingram busted through the middle of Western Carolina's offense on a designed blitz. The first time, he hit the quarterback on a throw and was credited with a breakup. The second time, he arrived just in time.

"It opened up the same way both times," Ingram said. "I was shocked. I thought they were going to pick it up. When I came scot-free, I was like, 'This is heaven.' "

Ingram had 15 career tackles, mostly on special teams, before sharing time with the first-string defense Saturday.

Ragged practice: The joy from the opening rout of Western Carolina was short-lived.

Coach Bobby Bowden and his assistants were hot Tuesday after what Bowden described as a "ragged" practice.

"We had entirely too many situations where a kid didn't know what to do," Bowden said. "The coaches got on them pretty good."

UF: Celebrate, but don't embarrass

GAINESVILLE — Gators coach Urban Meyer said an unsportsmanlike conduct call against Washington QB Jake Locker for excessive celebration on Saturday was "awful.'' Locker scored against BYU with two seconds left but the 15-yard penalty led to a long extra point that would have tied it getting blocked.

"The thing I teach our guys is don't you ever embarrass our opponent," Meyer said. "You've seen that here before and I jump guys. If a guy dives on his teammates and celebrates — the minute they take that out of the game I'm out of coaching. I'm going to teach golf or something like that."

OPPORTUNITY WEEK: The bye week allows coaches to work more in-depth with players who may not get as much attention on a regular game week. Meyer said some players must make bigger contributions. "I'm putting a lot of pressure on them because they're all good guys,'' Meyer said. "This week is big for guys like that."

MAKING STRIDES: Meyer likes the work ethic of DL Torrey Davis, from Armwood. "He's making a little bit of a push," Meyer said. "He's not officially out of the doghouse and probably won't be for a while. But he's at least taking care of himself."

UCF: O'Leary unhappy with calls vs. USF

ORLANDO — Knights coach George O'Leary said he doesn't usually discuss officiating, but was upset about several calls in Saturday's loss to USF. Central Florida had 12 penalties for 148 yards, while USF had seven penalties for 58 yards.

O'Leary questioned how QB Michael Greco was inches short of a first down on a four-down scramble, ending the game.

"I have called the officiating coordinator already to make sure he checks the tape," O'Leary said Monday.

Times correspondents Ira Schoffler and Phil Kegler contributed to this report, which used information from the Orlando Sentinel.

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