Saturday, June 23, 2018
Colleges

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.

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