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Flowers leads No. 16 South Florida past Tulane, 34-28

NEW ORLEANS (AP) South Florida quarterback Quinton Flowers was just finishing his drop-back when blitzing Tulane linebacker Zachery Harris barreled unabated across the line of scrimmage with what looked like a clear path to a drive-stalling sack.

With a sudden step to his right, Flowers eluded the rush and then darted into the same opening through which Harris had blitzed before veering toward the left sideline for a first-down run on third and 10. The scramble exemplified Flowers' pivotal influence on the game, extending a drive that concluded with Darius Tice's 45-yard touchdown run on a draw play.

Flowers passed for two touchdowns, ran for 138 yards and another score, and No. 16 South Florida extended the nation's longest active winning streak to 12 games with a 34-28 victory over Tulane on Saturday night.

''I'd seen what the defense was doing to us and I knew I had to take it in my own hands and convert on third downs - and that's what I did,'' Flowers said. ''That's what this team likes me to do.''

South Florida (7-0, 4-0 American) also scored at least 30 points in a game for a modern-era record 24th straight time.

''Our quarterback always has a big day,'' Strong said. ''A lot of good runs on third down. Quinton was really key for us.''

Jonathan Banks passed for two touchdowns for Tulane (3-4, 1-2), including Terren Encalade's73-yard catch and run, and the Green Wave nearly clawed back from a 27-point hole. Dontrell Hilliard's tackle-slipping, 16-yard touchdown run made it a one-possession game with 2:45 left. But Tulane couldn't recover an onside kick and couldn't stop Tice's run on third down, allowing the Bulls to run out the clock and drop the Green Wave to its first home loss this season.

''We don't have moral victories, but it didn't look good for us in the beginning of the second half,'' Tulane coach Willie Fritz said. ''The best thing I saw in the ball game was everybody was fighting throughout the game.''

USF had never before opened a season with seven straight victories. But now first-year coach Charlie Strong can add that accomplishment to his resume, one season after being run out of Texas.

''A lot of people doubted a lot of players on this team,'' Flowers said. ''A lot of guys on this team just tell each other every day, `Why not us? Why not be great?' We believe in each other.''

POLL IMPLICATIONS

South Florida doesn't have a victory over a Division I Football Bowl Subdivision team that currently has a winning - or even .500 - record. Still, the Bulls at one point led 34-7 on the road over an improved Tulane squad, so they should at least hold steady in the AP Top 25.

THE TAKEAWAY

South Florida: Flowers's ability to turn any defensive breakdown into a big play was on full display. His drive-extending scrambles gave Tulane fits, and it will be interesting to see if any defense on the Bulls' schedule figures out how to stop him - or at least hold USF to fewer than 30 points.

''I believe it was three times where we pretty much sent the house and we lost leverage on the outside,'' Tulane coach Willie Fritz said when asked about Flowers' elusiveness. ''We talked and worked on it all week, but when you get out there and see the real deal, it's a little bit different.''

Tulane: The Green Wave gets credit for not quitting, but needs far more consistency on offense to start moving up the standings in the American Conference.

FAST START

Flowers scored the game's opening points when he eluded several defenders behind the line of scrimmage before breaking into the clear for a 21-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.

''Two guys just showed up, and in my mind, I just told myself, `Do what I do best,''' Flowers said.

The Bulls went up 13-0 on Tice's long score, capitalizing on a key defensive stop on fourth-and-1 in its own side of the 50.

Flowers' scoring passes went for 38 yards to Darnel Salomon and 28 yards Marq Scantling, the latter making it 27-7.

COMEBACK BID

With the help of Flowers' lone interception on a deflected pass, Tulane rallied with Sherman Badie's 36-yard scoring run and Hilliard's 24-yard TD reception. Meanwhile, USF kicker Emilio Nadelman uncharacteristically missed two field goals, with one sailing wide and the second being blocked.

UP NEXT

South Florida: The Bulls host Houston next Saturday

Tulane: The Green Wave Memphis on Friday night.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 2:45
62-M.Glover extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
34
28
Touchdown 2:45
26-D.Hilliard runs 16 yards for a touchdown.
5
plays
108
yds
01:19
pos
34
27
Point After TD 7:40
62-M.Glover extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
34
21
Touchdown 7:40
1-J.Banks complete to 26-D.Hilliard. 26-D.Hilliard runs 24 yards for a touchdown.
5
plays
59
yds
01:51
pos
34
20
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 2:06
62-M.Glover extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
34
14
Touchdown 2:06
3-S.Badie runs 36 yards for a touchdown.
6
plays
63
yds
00:54
pos
34
13
Point After TD 7:35
35-E.Nadelman extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
34
7
Touchdown 7:35
2-D.Johnson runs 2 yards for a touchdown.
10
plays
57
yds
02:47
pos
33
7
Point After TD 14:03
35-E.Nadelman extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
27
7
Touchdown 14:03
9-Q.Flowers complete to 11-M.Valdes-Scantling. 11-M.Valdes-Scantling runs 28 yards for a touchdown.
3
plays
73
yds
00:50
pos
26
7
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:42
35-E.Nadelman extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
20
7
Touchdown 0:42
9-Q.Flowers complete to 3-D.Salomon. 3-D.Salomon runs 38 yards for a touchdown.
4
plays
61
yds
00:35
pos
19
7
Point After TD 4:29
62-M.Glover extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
13
7
Touchdown 4:29
1-J.Banks complete to 5-T.Encalade. 5-T.Encalade runs 73 yards for a touchdown.
2
plays
75
yds
00:49
pos
13
6
Missed Point After Touchdown 5:18
35-E.Nadelman extra point is no good. blocked by 2-R.Teamer. 21-D.Lewis to TUL 7 for no gain.
plays
yds
pos
19
0
Touchdown 5:18
6-D.Tice runs 45 yards for a touchdown.
5
plays
67
yds
01:01
pos
13
0
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 7:16
35-E.Nadelman extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
0
Touchdown 7:30
9-Q.Flowers runs 21 yards for a touchdown.
2
plays
36
yds
0:00
pos
6
0
Touchdown 7:16
9-Q.Flowers runs 36 yards for a touchdown.
11
plays
70
yds
02:57
pos
6
0
Team Stats
1st Downs 25 22
Rushing 18 12
Passing 6 8
Penalty 1 2
3rd Down Conv 6-16 4-11
4th Down Conv 2-2 0-1
Total Net Yards 505 398
Total Plays 76 66
Avg Gain 6.6 6.0
Net Yards Rushing 378 194
Rush Attempts 52 47
Avg Rush Yards 7.3 4.1
Net Yards Passing 127 204
Comp. - Att. 10-24 9-19
Yards Per Pass 5.3 10.7
Sacked - Yards Lost 0-0 2-17
Penalties - Yards 7-89 12-91
Touchdowns 5 4
Rushing TDs 3 2
Passing TDs 2 2
Other 0 0
Turnovers 1 1
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 0-0
Int. Thrown 1 1
Punts - Avg 4-49.8 6-41.5
Return Yards 37 43
Punts - Returns 1-10 0-0
Kickoffs - Returns 1-27 2-27
Int. - Returns 1-0 1-16
Kicking 4/7 4/4
Extra Points 4/5 4/4
Field Goals 0/2 0/0
Safeties 0 0
1234T
17 South Florida 7-0 71314034
Tulane 3-4 0771428
127 PASS YDS 204
378 RUSH YDS 194
505 TOTAL YDS 398
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
Q. Flowers 9 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
41.7% 127 2 1 105.3
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
51.7% 1245 12 3 132.1
Q. Flowers 10/24 127 2 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
D. Tice 6 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
13 141 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
103 634 9
D. Tice 13 141 1 45
Q. Flowers 9 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
13 138 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
115 613 7
Q. Flowers 13 138 1 25
D. Johnson 2 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
20 84 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
129 569 5
D. Johnson 20 84 1 15
M. Valdes-Scantling 11 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 20 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
6 103 1
M. Valdes-Scantling 3 20 0 10
T. Sands 28 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
26 111 0
T. Sands 1 -2 0 -2
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
D. Salomon 3 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 50 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
13 182 2
D. Salomon 3 50 1 38
M. Valdes-Scantling 11 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 41 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
28 382 4
M. Valdes-Scantling 3 41 1 28
E. Dillon 85 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 14 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 60 0
E. Dillon 1 14 0 14
T. McCants 8 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 12 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
11 203 3
T. McCants 2 12 0 11
D. Johnson 2 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 10 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 78 1
D. Johnson 1 10 0 10
T. Alaka 12 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 121 1
T. Alaka 0 0 0 0
D. Antoine 14 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
9 159 1
D. Antoine 0 0 0 0
M. Wilcox 89 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
10 74 0
M. Wilcox 0 0 0 0
J. Phillips 83 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 13 0
J. Phillips 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
A. Sanchez 43 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-2 2 0.0
A. Sanchez 7-2 0.0 0
D. Senat 10 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 0.0
D. Senat 5-2 0.0 0
N. Sawtelle 54 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 2 0.0
N. Sawtelle 4-0 0.0 0
M. Love 98 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
M. Love 3-0 0.0 0
M. Wilkins 23 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 3 0.0
M. Wilkins 3-0 0.0 0
R. Hoggins 19 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 1 0.0
R. Hoggins 3-0 0.0 0
J. Thomas 18 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
J. Thomas 3-1 0.0 0
K. Bronson 99 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
K. Bronson 3-0 0.0 0
B. Hector 60 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 1.0
B. Hector 3-1 1.0 0
J. Brown 56 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
J. Brown 2-0 1.0 0
D. Nichols 3 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 2 0.0
D. Nichols 2-0 0.0 0
J. Black 55 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
J. Black 2-0 0.0 0
G. Reaves 41 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
G. Reaves 2-2 0.0 0
M. Hampton 14 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
M. Hampton 1-0 0.0 0
K. Pinkney 96 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
K. Pinkney 1-0 0.0 0
J. Farrar 30 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Farrar 1-0 0.0 0
D. Abraham 20 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 4 0.0
D. Abraham 1-1 0.0 1
K. Kegler 90 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
K. Kegler 0-1 0.0 0
K. Livingstone 94 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
K. Livingstone 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
E. Nadelman 35 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/2 4/5
SEASON FG XP
14/17 33/36
E. Nadelman 0/2 0 4/5 4
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
J. Hernandez 44 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 49.8 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
38 44.3 0
J. Hernandez 4 49.8 0 61
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
M. Valdes-Scantling 11 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 27.0 27 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 19.5 27 0
M. Valdes-Scantling 1 27.0 27 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. Johnson 2 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 10.0 10 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
7 6.7 10 0
D. Johnson 1 10.0 10 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
J. Banks 1 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
47.4% 221 2 1 169.3
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
51.1% 723 6 2 136.1
J. Banks 9/19 221 2 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
D. Hilliard 26 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
24 140 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
114 747 9
D. Hilliard 24 140 1 16
S. Badie 3 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 50 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
42 294 2
S. Badie 5 50 1 36
D. Bradwell 10 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 24 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
40 247 2
D. Bradwell 6 24 0 9
J. Banks 1 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
11 19 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
70 286 3
J. Banks 11 19 0 18
J. Brantley 11 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 7 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
34 193 3
J. Brantley 1 7 0 7
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
T. Encalade 5 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 93 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
17 311 3
T. Encalade 2 93 1 73
D. Mooney 86 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 61 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
9 151 1
D. Mooney 3 61 0 36
J. Clewis 88 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 31 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 104 0
J. Clewis 2 31 0 19
D. Hilliard 26 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 24 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 114 2
D. Hilliard 1 24 1 24
K. Ardoin 89 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 12 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 28 0
K. Ardoin 1 12 0 12
J. Toles 82 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
J. Toles 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
C. Kuerschen 36 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
11-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
11-2 1 0.0
C. Kuerschen 11-2 0.0 0
J. Franklin 6 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
9-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-2 0 0.0
J. Franklin 9-2 0.0 0
R. Marbley 56 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 0.0
R. Marbley 7-0 0.0 0
C. Sample 55 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
C. Sample 4-0 0.0 0
D. Lewis Jr. 21 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 3 0.0
D. Lewis Jr. 4-1 0.0 1
P. Nickerson 17 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 3 0.0
P. Nickerson 3-0 0.0 0
Z. Harris 40 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
Z. Harris 3-0 0.0 0
P. Hall 16 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
P. Hall 3-0 0.0 0
A. Aruna 1 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
A. Aruna 3-1 0.0 0
Q. Carroll 54 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
Q. Carroll 2-0 0.0 0
R. Teamer 2 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
R. Teamer 1-0 0.0 0
L. Bryant 4 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
L. Bryant 1-0 0.0 0
L. Jackson 44 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
L. Jackson 1-0 0.0 0
P. Woullard 57 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
P. Woullard 0-1 0.0 0
S. Wilson 94 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
S. Wilson 0-2 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
M. Glover 62 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/0 4/4
SEASON FG XP
1/1 18/19
M. Glover 0/0 0 4/4 4
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
Z. Block 49 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
5 43.6 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
31 39.7 1
Z. Block 5 43.6 1 65
J. Banks 1 QB
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
1 31.0 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
2 35.5 1
J. Banks 1 31.0 1 31
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
S. Badie 3 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 13.5 25 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
11 21.3 25 0
S. Badie 2 13.5 25 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:13 SFLA 15 2:57 11 85 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:47 SFLA 1 1:08 3 3 Punt
10:05 SFLA 2 1:30 3 9 Punt
6:19 SFLA 43 1:01 5 57 TD
4:29 SFLA 25 1:04 5 15 Punt
1:17 SFLA 39 0:35 4 61 TD
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:53 SFLA 27 0:50 3 73 TD
10:22 SFLA 43 2:47 10 57 TD
6:25 SFLA 20 3:10 9 37 INT
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
2:05 TULANE 48 1:30 8 18 FG Miss
11:16 SFLA 22 1:37 4 -5 Punt
7:40 TULANE 45 3:32 9 26 FG Miss
2:45 TULANE 46 2:23 6 34 Game
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 TULANE 25 4:39 7 24 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
7:11 TULANE 27 6:51 13 41 Punt
13:29 TULANE 35 3:16 7 -33 INT
8:26 TULANE 48 2:02 4 9 Downs
5:18 TULANE 25 0:49 2 75 TD
3:16 TULANE 20 1:48 5 -2 Punt
0:42 TULANE 25 0:22 2 -10 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:03 TULANE 1 3:34 9 20 Punt
7:35 TULANE 35 0:57 3 0 Punt
3:00 TULANE 37 0:54 6 63 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:23 TULANE 30 2:56 9 20 Punt
9:31 TULANE 46 1:51 5 54 TD
4:04 TULANE 29 1:19 5 71 TD