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ECU Punter Nails Teammate In Back Of The Head With Kick

ECU Punter Nails Teammate In Back Of The Head With Kick”

That set the Bulls up with a 1st & 10 from inside East Carolina's 20-yard line. ECU has tallied a combined 44 first half points in its last two games, but has been collectively outscored 65-14 in the final 30 minutes against the Hokies and Huskies.The Pirates recorded their first turnover-free performance of the year at UConn (had two "perfect" contests in 2016, four in 2015). "That's what they gave us today, and we had no chance but to keep it on the ground and let the backs do what they do best".

QB Quinton Flowers' 93 rushing yards Saturday give him 2,989 for his career, making him Florida's all-time leading rusher among Division I-A quarterbacks. The Bulls' defense remains a question mark, but the offense, led by the multi-faceted Flowers, is one of the most unsafe in the nation.

"We've probably got one of the best defenses in our conference coming in here", Petersen said. Any time the quarterback's running, you have to stop the downhill run. "Made the adjustment at halftime, and were able to stop it". Flowers has run for 59 or more yards in all five of USF's games. South Florida also eclipsed 30 points for the 22nd straight game, just one shy of Oregon's all-time record in the AP Poll era (1936).

Quarterback Thomas Sirk kept the Pirates in it for a half and finished 20 of 43 for 302 yards with a pair of touchdowns and two interceptions.

South Florida: The defense had been the trademark of this team under Strong, but this score-at-will showing looked more like something Taggart's team might have pulled off past year. If we're to nitpick, Flowers' pocket game hasn't improved since last season. Defensively, USF is allowing just 17.3 points and 263.8 yards per game.

The Bulls didn't do anything to tarnish their highest national ranking since the 2011 team maxed out at No. 16.

Sirk's fourth-down proficiency continued on East Carolina's first possession of the second half. Sirk threw a short pass to Quay Johnson, and the ball bounced high off his hands and directly to Sanchez, who returned it down the left sideline for the touchdown that made it 21-10 late in the first quarter. "He comes out before practice, and I always told him, 'Valdes, you've got to be a dude.' And today he showed it". "It's tough to win on the road, but for us to come in here and get the victory and not play great, it was really good for our team".

RISING TO THE CHALLENGE: Senior WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling, who acknowledged he has been challenged a few times by coach Charlie Strong to step up, responded with his best game of the season. It was ugly, and perhaps no play illustrates just how ugly as well as this one, in which ECU punter Austin Barnes booted the ball off the back of a teammate's head.

According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, South Florida is favored on the road, as the Bulls are getting odds of -21 points against the Pirates. His six catches tied a season-high, and his 94 yards were three more than his previous season-yardage best at San Jose State. East Carolina hasn't beaten a ranked conference opponent since 2009 (Houston, in Conference USA). The Bulls had a total of 19 points in the first quarters of their first four games.

South Florida: The Bulls have a week off before welcoming Cincinnati on October 14.

East Carolina: The Pirates play host to Temple on October 7.



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