Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

USF vs. FSU: 6 things you might have missed w/video

TALLAHASSEE — Though No. 11 Florida State spoiled USF's upset bid by pulling away in the second half for a 34-14 victory, Saturday's game still featured plenty of highlights and important moments for both teams. Here are six things you might have missed:

1. Tajee Fullwood is settling in well as USF's punt returner. The former Tampa Bay Tech standout was elevated to the role at the end of preseason when Hassan Childs sustained a season-ending knee injury. Fullwood's 46-yard return late in the first half was the Bulls' longest since Chris Dunkley had a 50-yarder against SMU in 2013. "I think the great thing about it is he stays out there (after) practices and catches about 20 punt balls," senior husky Jamie Byrd said of Fullwood. "So that makes him even better at doing what he does."

2. Roberto Aguayo dazzled again. The Seminoles' All-American kicker set an ACC record against the Bulls with his 161st consecutive extra point. After qualifying with 50 career field goals, Aguayo also surpassed Nebraska's Alex Henry to become the most accurate kicker in NCAA history for the highest percentage of extra points and field goals made.

3. Despite letting FSU tailback Dalvin Cook have a career day with 266 yards and four touchdowns on 30 carries, USF's defensive line showed signs that it's on the upswing. Sophomore end Mike Love, a Countryside product, and senior tackle James Hamilton each recorded their first career sacks on Everett Golson, who was held to just 1-of-6 passing for 6 yards in the first half.

4. Help is on the way for USF's linebacker corps. The Bulls will be without linebacker Auggie Sanchez for the first half at Maryland after the Northeast alumnus was ejected for a questionable targeting penalty in the third quarter. But next week against Maryland they get back linebackers Nigel Harris and Tashon Whitehurst, who are returning from suspensions. Both were held out of the opener against Florida A&M and at FSU for violating team rules in the spring.

5. The third and fourth quarters continue to be kind to FSU's offense. After scoring on all six of its second-half possessions in a rout of Texas State in the opener, the 'Noles did it again against USF, breaking a tie at halftime with three touchdowns and two field goals on its final five drives.

6. Discipline improved dramatically for the Bulls. After committing 11 penalties against FAMU — including three that wiped touchdowns off the scoreboard — USF was only flagged twice against the 'Noles, once for Sanchez's late hit and targeting penalty and again in the fourth quarter for having 12 players on the field.

USF defensive end Mike Love sacks FSU’s Everett Golson in the first quarter, one of three sacks by the Bulls.


USF defensive end Mike Love sacks FSU’s Everett Golson in the first quarter, one of three sacks by the Bulls.

USF vs. FSU: 6 things you might have missed w/video 09/12/15 [Last modified: Saturday, September 12, 2015 9:21pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Blake Snell struggles in return as Rays fall to Pirates

    The Heater

    PITTSBURGH — Blake Snell talked a good game ahead of his return to the Rays rotation Wednesday night, but he didn't pitch one.

    ON THE BALL: Rays third baseman Evan Longoria makes the play and the throw during the first inning against the Pirates.
  2. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Wednesday's Rays-Pirates game

    The Heater

    Corey Dickerson is doing everything he can to garner All-Star votes heading into tonight's voting cutoff, going into play Wednesday leading the AL with 101 hits and rapping two more his first two times up, and scoring two more runs.

  3. College World Series title puts Florida Gators in elite company


    The Florida Gators put themselves in rare company with Tuesday night's College World Series national championship victory.

    Florida ace and Tampa native Alex Faedo (21) lets loose with his teammates after they win the Gators’ first baseball national title.
  4. Lightning prospects mantra: You never know when NHL chance will appear

    Lightning Strikes

    BRANDON — Brett Howden said he watched closely last season as former junior teammate Brayden Point made an remarkable rise to a Lightning regular in his first year pro.

    Lightning prospect Mikhail Sergachev skates during the Lightning Development Camp Wednesday at the Ice Sports Forum in Brandon. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times]
  5. Rays journal: Team says no concern over 'hiccups' from Alex Colome

    The Heater

    PITTSBURGH — The Rays say they know what isn't wrong with closer Alex Colome, that he's not hurt or in a mental funk. And they seem certain that whatever led him to have three straight rough outings will soon be corrected.

    Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Alex Colome (37) throws a pitch in the eighth in the final game of a three-game series between the Tampa Bay Rays and AL East rival the Baltimore Orioles at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Sunday, June 25, 2017.