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USF's Giddins proposes before kickoff

TAMPA — The most significant oral commitment of the night for USF occurred after the Bulls' invited recruits exited the field.

Moments before kickoff, Cierra Harris said yes to Ryne Giddins.

As part of the Bulls' senior night festivities on Saturday, USF's fifth-year defensive end proposed to the woman he met roughly six years ago at Exalted Word Ministries in Seffner.

Harris, her mother and other Giddins family members stood along the row of relatives waiting for their respective senior honorees to emerge from Raymond James Stadium's southwest tunnel. Giddins, the last one, approached Harris and got on one knee.

The proposal occurred a little more than two months after Giddins lost his mother to uterine cancer. On Thursday, he said he had been pondering how to pop the question for some time.

"I had to think about two things that meant a lot to me — football and her," he said. "My blood, sweat and tears are on that field. And I poured just as much as I do on that field into our relationship. And to combine the two, it's just a wonderful thought."

It was the second on-field engagement involving a current or former Bull this season. During the Louisville game, former QB Matt Grothe proposed to Alyssa Wright. She also said yes.

CHILDS' PLAY: Freshman DB Hassan Childs recorded the second and third interceptions of his young career, including a pick of SMU backup Neal Burcham near his own end zone in the third quarter. Early in the second, the former Kissimmee Osceola High all-state performer hauled in a Garrett Gilbert pass that bounced off Jeremy Johnson's outstretched hands.

B.J. SIGHTING: Former Bulls QB B.J. Daniels, who is on the Seahawks' practice squad, attended. The Seahawks are off this weekend.

Climbing the charts: Junior WR Andre Davis' five catches (for 113 yards) gave him 109, fourth on the school's career list. Davis has at least one reception in a school-record 28 consecutive games, and has a school-record three 100-yard efforts in a row.

Odds and ends: Among SMU's specialists was 5-foot-7, 180-pound freshman Deion Sanders Jr., son of you-know-who. … TE Mike McFarland had a career-best five receptions (46 yards). … K Marvin Kloss missed for only the fourth time in 18 field-goal tries, slipping on a 51-yarder in the second quarter.

Audible: "I apologized to those guys. I told them I've been here for a year but I feel like I've been knowing those guys forever. I feel like I let them down in not getting the victory for them. But I told 'em I love 'em." — Coach Willie Taggart on his seniors, who played their final game at Raymond James Stadium.

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