Expanded football preview: South Florida at Temple

South Florida at Temple

When: Friday, 7 p.m., Lincoln Financial Field (69,596).

Records: USF (6-1 overall, 3-0 American Athletic Conference; Temple (4-3, 2-1).

Television: ESPN.

Coaches: USF, Willie Taggart (4th season, 20-24; overall, 36-45); Temple, Matt Rhule (4th season, 22-23).

All-time series: Tied 1-1.

Last meeting: Nov. 14, 2015, USF won at home, 44-23.

Scoring offense: USF, 44.1 ppg.; Temple, 32 ppg.

Scoring defense: USF, 25.9 ppg., Temple, 23.0 ppg.

USF

Sept. 3 Towson, 56-20

Sept. 10 N. Illinois, 48-17

Sept. 17 at Syracuse, 45-20

Sept. 24 Florida State, 35-55

Oct. 1 at Cincinnati, 45-20

Oct. 8 East Carolina, 38-22

Oct 15 UConn, 42-27

 

TEMPLE

Sept. 2 Army, 13-28

Sept. 10 Stony Brook, 38-0

Sept. 17 at Penn State, 27-34

Sept. 24 Charlotte, 48-20

Oct. 1 SMU, 45-20

Oct. 6 at Memphis, 27-34

Oct. 15 at Central Florida, 26-25

Key Players

For USF: QB Quinton Flowers, 6-0, 210, Jr. (106-181 passing for 1,535 yards, 13 TDs, 5 INT, 655 yards rushing, 7.0 avg., 7 TDs); RB Marlon Mack, 6-0, 210, Jr. (592 yards rushing, 7.0 avg., 9 TDS); SLOT Rodney Adams, 6-1, 190, Sr. (32 receptions, 459 yards, 4 TDs, 25.6 kickoff return avg.); MLB Auggie Sanches, 6-2, 245, Jr. (65 tackles, 8.0 TFL, 6.0 sacks); LB Nigel Harris, 6-0, 225, Sr. (42 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 interceptions); RB D'Ernest Johnson, 5-10, 208, Jr. (305 yards rushing, 5.4 avg., 4 TDs, 17 receptions, 167 yards, 4 TDs, 12.5 punt return avg., 1 TD); CB Deatrick Nichols, 5-10, 189, Jr. (21 tackles, 3 pass breakups); P Jonathan Hernandez, 6-4, 241, So. (41.5 avg.).

For Temple: QB Phillip Walker, 5-11, 205 Sr. (118-210 passing,1,582 yards 10 TDs, 10 INT); LT Dion Dawkins, 6-5, 320, Sr. (33 career starts); RB Jahad Thomas, 5-10, 188, Sr. (357 yards rushing, 4.2 avg., 7 TDs, 18 receptions, 251 yards, 3 TDs); DE Haason Reddick, 6-1, 235, r-Sr. (35 tackles, 14 TFL. 6.5 sacks); LB Avery Williams, 5-10, 224, r-Sr. (30 tackles, 4.5 TFL); NT Averee Robinson, 6-0, 285 Sr. (16 tackles, 2.5 TFL); WR Marshall Ellick, 6-2, 191 r-So. (12 receptions, 141 yards), WR Keith Kirkwood, 6-3, 218, r-Jr. (23 receptions, 334 yards, 3 TDs); WR Ventell Bryant, 6-3, 189, r-So. (15 receptions, 231 yards, 1 TD); TE-DE Romond Deloatch, 6-4, 220 r-Sr. (13 receptions, 193 yards, 3 sacks, 1 defensive TD); RB Ryquell Armstead, 5-11, 205, So. (403 yards rushing, 5.7 avg. 7 TDs.); LB Stephaun Marshall, 5-11, 206 r-Sr. (31 tackles); WR Brodrick Yancy, 5-10, 195 r-So. (19 receptions, 210 yards, 2 TDs); SS Delvon Randall, 5-11, 208, So. (29 tackles, 2 interceptions).

About USF: The Bulls have won nine straight games vs. AAC East Division teams...USF has nation-leading streaks for the following: most consecutive 200 yard rushing games (12); most consecutive 35+ point games (11) and most consecutive 440+ total offense games (11)...Eighteen of the 22 starters are juniors or younger...USF leads the AAC and is eighth nationally in scoring, averaging 44.1 ppg...The Bulls are 15th nationally with 506.4 yards per game...In last year's 44-23 win over Temple, Quinton Flowers accounted for 320 yards of total offense, while throwing two touchdown passes and running for another...During last week's 42-27 win over UConn, the Bulls rushed for 316 yards against a Huskies team that was allowing 98.8 yards per game...Marlon Mack has rushed for 3,014 career yards (6.0 avg.) and 26 TDs.

About Temple: The Owls are coming off Saturday's 26-25 win at Central Florida, in a game they trailed 25-7 early in the second quarter...Trailing 25-20, Temple took over on its own 30 with 32 seconds left and no timeouts and marched 70 yards in four plays, with Phillip Walker hitting Keith Kirkwood on an 8-yard scoring pass with one second left...WR Ventell Bryant had three receptions for 62 yards during the winning drive...Last week Bryant had five receptions for 94 yards and all five receptions went for first downs...RB Jahad Thomas has scored two TDs in each of his five games this season. That is the current longest active streak of scoring two or more TDs in consecutive games in FBS...DE Haason Reddick leads the nation in tackles for loss (14) and leads the AAC in sacks (6.5)...Reddick has six sacks in his last three games...In his first game replacing injured PK Austin Jones, freshman walk-on Aaron Boumerhi hit both field goal and both PAT attempts vs. UCF. His longest field goal was 47 yards...Free safety Sean Chandler will miss his fourth game due to a knee injury.

Up next: USF hosts Navy, Friday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. Temple hosts Cincinnati, Saturday, Oct. 29 at 3:30.

Fast fact:  Since 1970, the day of the week Temple has had its best all-time record is on Friday. The Owls are 11-7 on Friday nights.

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