Not so Strong, Bulls 2 and 0

By on September 2, 2017

Tampa, Fla. – –  The Bulls Charlie Strong version debut at home was, well, not so strong.  But the old cliche, “a win’s a win” will have to apply in this situation.  The 31-17 final was not very indicative of what happened on the field.

Visibly unhappy after the game,  Charlie Strong has to at least be happy win a 2-0 record.  After the lackluster start on the left coast last week at San Jose State followed up with a home opener of a dud with a thud,  the Bulls must take their 2-0 record and, look forward to the UCONN Huskies.

Coach Strong approached the podium for the post-game presser with a stoic stance and started talking before questions were asked.  A good move by an experienced coach letting us know that even in victory, the game was a stinker.  I thought it was good move because it avoided the obvious stinker questions.

The Stony Brook Seawolves rolled into Raymond James Stadium prepared for this game.   The Seawolves took a shocking 7-0 lead with under seven minutes left in the first quarter courtesy of a blocked punt and recovery for a TD by red shirt freshman from Commack, NY,  Augie Contressa.  The special team muscle flexed by the Seawolves left the rain soaked Bulls fan stunned.

Augie Contressa jumps on the pigskin for a special team 6 points (TRAVIS FAILEY PHOTO)

The Bulls tied the score as they took the ensuing drive 73 yards in 9 plays in just 2:08 as Darius Tice plowed in from the one and an Emilio Nadelman extra point tied the score at 7.

With Stony Brook leading 10-7 at the half, as I looked out at the sparse USF crowd that were still shaking off the early rain, I thought to myself, these are not the offensive fireworks they came to see.

Heisman candidate USF quarterback  Quinton Flowers  looked unHiesman-like, struggling with throws, not getting much room to run and basically, not moving the offense.  An ugly interception to end the first possession of the second half and it looked as if Cinderella was alive and well, dressed as the Stony Brook Seawolves.   But in the end, the final numbers may not look impressive but remember “a win’s a win.”

Flowers leadership in the last twenty-three minutes of the game went a long way with me.

Trailing on the board 10-7 with 7:51 left in the third quarter, Flowers engineered an 80-yard, 18 play TD drive in 5:08.  The TD was a laser pass to the back of the endzone to Marquez Valdes-Scantling to put the Bulls ahead for the first time and it was for good.

 USF tacked on a couple of Maybelline (cosmetic) TD’s and an Eadleman field goal to close it out down the stretch and the Bulls advance to 2-0.

“That’s our plan to win, play great defense.” CHARLIE STRONG (TRAVIS FAILEY PHOTO)

Stony Brook Passing
C/ATT YDS AVG TD INT QBR
Joe Carbone 17/34 137 4.0 0 2
TEAM 17/34 137 4.0 0 2
South Florida Passing
C/ATT YDS AVG TD INT QBR
Quinton Flowers 19/32 186 5.8 2 1 41.7
TEAM 19/32 186 5.8 2 1
Stony Brook Rushing
CAR YDS AVG TD LONG
Stacey Bedell 10 71 7.1 1 54
Donald Liotine 9 19 2.1 0 5
Jordan Gowins 5 10 2.0 0 5
Sherman Alston Jr. 1 4 4.0 0 4
Joe Carbone 11 -12 -1.1 0 17
TEAM 36 92 2.6 1 54
South Florida Rushing
CAR YDS AVG TD LONG
Quinton Flowers 18 67 3.7 0 14
Darius Tice 16 57 3.6 2 14
Deangelo Antoine 1 15 15.0 0 15
D’Ernest Johnson 13 15 1.2 0 6
Team 1 -1 -1.0 0 0
TEAM 49 153 3.1 2 15
Stony Brook Receiving
REC YDS AVG TD LONG
Cal Daniels 4 35 8.8 0 18
Harrison Jackson 3 34 11.3 0 15
Nick Anderson 3 28 9.3 0 14
Donavin Washington 2 16 8.0 0 10
Ray Bolden 1 9 9.0 0 9
Connor Davis 2 6 3.0 0 5
Stacey Bedell 1 5 5.0 0 5
Donald Liotine 1 4 4.0 0 4
TEAM 17 137 8.1 0 18
South Florida Receiving
REC YDS AVG TD LONG
Tyre McCants 2 74 37.0 1 65
Mitchell Wilcox 3 27 9.0 0 20
Elkanah Dillon 2 20 10.0 0 17
Temi Alaka 3 18 6.0 0 15
Deangelo Antoine 2 16 8.0 0 8
Darnell Salomon 3 16 5.3 0 7
Marquez Valdes-Scantling 4 15 3.8 1 6
TEAM 19 186 9.8 2 65
Stony Brook Fumbles
FUM LOST REC
No Stony Brook Fumbles
South Florida Fumbles
FUM LOST REC
No South Florida Fumbles
Stony Brook Defense
TACKLES MISC
TOT SOLO SACKS TFL PD QB HUR TD
Shayne Lawless 13 10 1 1.5 0 0 0
Noah McGinty 10 6 0 1 0 0 0
Chris Cooper 9 6 0 2 0 0 0
Gavin Heslop 5 4 0 1 0 0 0
Tyrice Beverette 5 3 0 0 0 0 0
John Haggart 5 3 0 1.5 0 0 0
Sam Kamara 5 3 0 1 0 0 0
Jordan Scarbrough 3 3 1 3 0 0 0
Travon Reid-Segure 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
Quinton Littlejohn 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
Isaiah White 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
Ousmane Carama 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
Darin Peart 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
EJ Fineran 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
Tahriq Gordon 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Dennis Lestrange 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Marc Nolan 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Odean Gilzene 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Augie Contressa 1 1 0 0 0 0 1
Brandon Lopez 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Seba Nakhet 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Deyshaun Tucker 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
TEAM 76 54 2 11 0 0 0
South Florida Defense
TACKLES MISC
TOT SOLO SACKS TFL PD QB HUR TD
Auggie Sanchez 12 4 0 1 0 0 0
Nico Sawtelle 10 4 1 1 0 0 0
Ronnie Hoggins 6 5 0 0 2 0 0
Greg Reaves 6 3 1 1.5 0 0 0
Deatrick Nichols 5 4 0 0 1 0 0
Bruce Hector 4 4 1 2 0 0 0
Devin Abraham 4 3 0 0 0 0 0
Mike Love 4 2 1 1.5 0 0 0
Kirk Livingstone 3 2 0 2.5 0 0 0
Deadrin Senat 3 0 0 0.5 0 0 0
Nate Ferguson 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
Juwuan Brown 2 1 0 1 0 0 0
Mazzi Wilkins 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
Kevin Kegler 1 1 1 1 0 0 0
Team 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Tajee Fullwood 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Danny Thomas 1 1 0 0 1 0 0
Mitchell Wilcox 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Darnell Salomon 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Nick Cuccia 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Donelle Thomas 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Keirston Johnson 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Josh Black 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kelvin Pinkney 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jaymon Thomas 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
TEAM 74 44 5 12 5 0 0
Stony Brook Interceptions
INT YDS TD
Travon Reid-Segure 1 0 0
TEAM 1 0 0
South Florida Interceptions
INT YDS TD
Devin Abraham 1 25 0
Mazzi Wilkins 1 0 0
TEAM 2 25 0
Stony Brook Kick Returns
NO YDS AVG LONG TD
Donald Liotine 3 49 16.3 21 0
Stacey Bedell 1 25 25.0 25 0
TEAM 4 74 18.5 25 0
South Florida Kick Returns
NO YDS AVG LONG TD
Tyre McCants 2 27 13.5 16 0
D’Ernest Johnson 1 16 16.0 16 0
Marquez Valdes-Scantling 1 12 12.0 12 0
TEAM 4 55 13.8 16 0
Stony Brook Punt Returns
NO YDS AVG LONG TD
Donavin Washington 4 18 4.5 9 0
Andrew Trent 1 7 7.0 0 0
TEAM 5 25 5.0 9 1
South Florida Punt Returns
NO YDS AVG LONG TD
Tajee Fullwood 3 85 28.3 46 0
TEAM 3 85 28.3 46 0
Stony Brook Kicking
FG PCT LONG XP PTS
Alex Lucansky 1/1 100.0 36 2/2 5
TEAM 1/1 100.0 36 2/2 5
South Florida Kicking
FG PCT LONG XP PTS
Emilio Nadelman 1/1 100.0 33 4/4 7
TEAM 1/1 100.0 33 4/4 7
Stony Brook Punting
NO YDS AVG TB IN 20 LONG
Marc Nolan 9 375 41.7 0 0 55
TEAM 9 375 41.7 0 0 55
South Florida Punting
NO YDS AVG TB IN 20 LONG
Jonathan Hernandez 6 280 46.7 0 0 63
TEAM 6 280 46.7 0 0 63

 

 

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