A steady downpour that lasted throughout the entire night didn’t slow down Willie Taggart and company as USF (2-2, 1-0) notched a critical early season conference victory over rival Uconn (1-3, 0-1) on Friday night.
Unlike last week’s disappointing performance against NC State, the Bulls jumped out the gate and capitalized on opportunities given to them early on. A forced fumble recovery on the just the 5th play of the game by Chris Dunkley would lead to a short field drive that would be capped off by a Marlon Mack touchdown.
From there, with the rain coming down harder as the game went along, the Bulls controlled the pace for the entire game, forcing Uconn to punt on all but one drive for the duration of the game. A critical piece in dictating that pace came with the power running of the true freshman workhorse Mack, who accounted for 103 yards on 31 carries and the touchdown as mentioned before.
Already matching their entire win total from last season, Friday’s victory gives Taggart and company a much needed boost of confidence as they head into a stretch where they play three out of the next four games on the road, including a daunting trip to Madison next week as they face #19 Wisconsin in a noon kickoff on ESPN2.