USF marked Veterans Day with a pregame ceremony. Members of the U.S. Special Operations Command from MacDill Air Force Base made parachute jumps onto the field, and Sgt. Jeff Nance performed God Bless the USA. Free tickets were given to members of the military, firefighters and police officers.
In the second quarter, the Bulls made their first two-point conversion since the Sept. 19, 1998, game against Liberty, a pass from Marquel Blackwell to Tim Jones that tied the score at 14. The play was necessary when Santiago Gramatica's extra-point attempt after the Bulls' first touchdown was blocked.
Not only have the Bulls won their past 12 games at Raymond James Stadium, they've won five in a row. The last time USF won five straight was the start of the 1998 season, when the Bulls jumped into the Division I-AA rankings for the first time.
In the third quarter, the Bulls' Bernard Brown was called for pass interference for what appeared _ especially on replay _ more like excellent defense. (The call put Western Illinois in USF territory and elicited the loudest boos of the season from the home crowd.) J.R. Reed made up for it on two plays later, intercepting Sam Clemons at USF's 4-yard line.