USF tries to avoid first losing streak since 2015

USF coach Charlie Strong (center) has led the Bulls to a 17-3 record in his 20-game tenure. (Times file photo)
USF coach Charlie Strong (center) has led the Bulls to a 17-3 record in his 20-game tenure. (Times file photo)
Published October 29 2018

Less than 48 hours after his team's deflating loss at Houston, Bulls coach Charlie Strong spent the outset of his weekly news conference indicating his team couldn't afford to "let one game beat us twice."

"It's time to move on," he said.

Few teams in the nation have done that more effectively than the Bulls in recent seasons.

USF (7-1, 3-1) has not lost consecutive games in more than three years. Its last losing streak was a three-game skid against FSU, Maryland and Memphis from Sept. 12-Oct. 2, 2015.

In that same stretch, no other American Athletic Conference has avoided a losing streak, and only three Power Five teams (Clemson, Alabama and Ohio State) have avoided dropping consecutive games.

The Bulls' 2015 streak ended when then-coach Willie Taggart unleashed QB Quinton Flowers in a 45-24 romp of Syracuse that altered the program's trajectory. USF is 35-7 since then.

It hosts Tulane on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

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