Offense on best pace in USF football history

USF receiver Rodney Adams, right, enjoys his second-quarter receiving touchdown on Saturday.
USF receiver Rodney Adams, right, enjoys his second-quarter receiving touchdown on Saturday.
Published Sept. 14, 2016

Let's not confine the Bulls' current Madden-esque scoring to a particular regime or decade. In terms of offense, we're witnessing more than merely the heyday of the Taggart era or even the 21st century. • Statistically, this is the best USF offense of all time. Neither Matt Grothe's chutzpah nor Marquel Blackwell's arm elasticity can match the current production of Quinton Flowers and Co. • USF has more points (292) in its past six contests than any other six-game stretch in the program's 19-plus seasons. During that span, it has posted three of the school's top 10 total-yardage performances, including Saturday's 658-yard effort against Northern Illinois.

For the resident skeptics: Four of those six opponents played in a bowl last season. Even taking an inevitable dropoff into account, these Bulls are on pace to break the 1998 squad's program record for points per game (36.8) and the 2015 team's mark for touchdowns (54).

And they insist they still haven't hit their full stride.

"I feel like we are (peaking) but we're not," Flowers said after Saturday's 48-17 rout of NIU. "We left a lot of plays out there."

Did they ever. Flowers, who had no fewer than half a dozen errant throws in the opener against Towson, was a bit sharper Saturday (21-of-33), but still underthrew an open target or three. Moreover, five of the Bulls' eight penalties occurred on offense.

And did we mention two-time 1,000-yard rusher Marlon Mack didn't play a snap?

"I found myself getting a little emotionally hijacked quite a bit out there (Saturday) because I know there are some things we can do better, and we left some plays out there," Taggart said.

Which isn't to suggest the Bulls — Big 12 aspirants — can keep scoring as if they're already in the Big 12. Over the next two Saturdays, their odds of hitting the half-century mark downgrade from conceivable (at Syracuse) to slim (vs. FSU).

At some point, a swoon is inevitable. But the surge we're seeing is indisputable.

It's the best in Bulls history