The USF Bulls hosted the Temple Owls on a humid day. It is a beautiful blue sky with some clouds developing throughout the game. The crowd could have been more sparse. There was more green and gold in the crowd than red and white. The Bulls were wearing their green tops and white pants. The cool part was the American logo on their helmets. The Temple Owls were wearing white tops and black bottoms. The Owls won the toss and deferred to the second half. It would be interesting to see these two teams that are still trying to make it to a bowl game. You couldn’t have asked for a better day to play football.
The USF Bulls opened up by airing it out. On their first two possessions, they had 40-yard plus passing plays. In past games, they turned to the run to get the offense moving. The passing game was good to see. The penalties that have hurt USF in previous games did not hurt them on this day. The defense also got a spark by getting an interception. Quarterback Bryum Brown looked good and he scored the Bulls opening touchdown. Sean Atkins has had back-to-back 100-yard receiving games. The heat played a factor in the first half as many injured players were on both sides. Despite the lack of yards, the Owls kept the game close. The Owls had an interception but could not score points off of it. Temple had a 42-yard field goal to get within seven points. The Bulls led 20-10 at the half.
The second half started sloppy for both teams. The Temple Owls missed a field goal and the USF Bulls turned the ball over on downs. The Owls have played sloppy on offense with four total turnovers, three interceptions, and one fumble. Sean Atkins of USF broke the single-season receptions record. Bryum Brown has tied Quinton Flowers for most 300-yard passing games. Temple scored a touchdown midway through the fourth quarter to pull within 10 points at 27-17. The Owls got one more touchdown midway through the fourth quarter. The Bulls stood strong and got a key catch from Sean Atkins for a first down. After that USF called a timeout and decided to go into victory formation. With that, they closed the game out and celebrated their fifth win of 2023. The Bulls are one win away from becoming bowl-eligible for the first time since 2018.
During the post-game press conference, head coach Alex Golesh labeled this win as a sloppy one. In the end, a win is a win. This program has taken leaps and bounds in 2023. This team has shown improvements. Many in the media said that this team would not win more than three wins. The USF Bulls have to win one of their two remaining games. Their next game will be a nationally televised game against the UTSA Roadrunners. The game will take place on a Friday night which normally is reserved for the great high school football players. It will be exciting to see how they play against UTSA since they did so well against Memphis just two weeks ago. If not they have one home game left the Saturday after Thanksgiving against the Charlotte 49ers.
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