Bulls Win 37-3 against FAMU

This game was just what the Bulls needed, a chance to build confidence while showing glimpses of what's to come on the offensive side of the ball. Every game the defense gives a stellar performance, but the offense has been a bit shaky. Saturday night Bulls fans saw what the offense was capable of and what it looks like with three different quarterbacks at the helm.

The game kicked off at 7:05 in front of a USF dominated crowd of 43,122. It was the first time at Raymond James Stadium that the upper-deck was open, and the crowd had a big-time college football feel to it. On top of all that it was a chance for guys like Amarri Jackson, Carlton hill and Courtney Denson to play in front of the home fans for the very first time.

Once the Bulls settled in they went straight to their bread-and-butter, the running game. The first scoring drive was a three-minute, 67-yard march down the field, capped by a Andre Hall 2 yard run. Hall showed why he his one of the best backs in the country. And he didn't stop on the first drive he scored once more in the first quarter on another 2 yard run.

"I thought it was a pretty nice game" Hall added that it was good for the younger guys to come in and get a chance, "they got to feel the pace of a college game, I'm glad they all got in."

Ricky Ponton had 83 yards and a TD on 14 carries, while Chad Simpson had 10 carries for 94 yards. Overall, USF outgained FAMU on the ground 377 to 31.

Hall also did some good things himself, he had two scores and rushed for 88 yards in the first quarter alone. Hall played sparingly after mid-way through the second quarter but still rushed for 156 yards and scored 3 touchdowns on only 18 carries. For you English majors out there that's 8.6 yards per carry. Hall set the tone for the game early by letting FAMU know that he wouldn't be taken down easily.

"I love those games when I know we are going to run the ball. All week in practice I try my best to get prepared for it."

Quarterback Pat Julmiste also had a rebound game of sorts. Julmiste threw for 71 yards completing 6 of 10 passing attempts. For him it was more of just getting in there and orchestrating consistent scoring drives.

"We just wanted to go out play hard, execute our plays and come out with a win." Julmiste added, "I liked the way we moved the ball, but we want to take away some of those penalties and mistakes. We must get that out of our game when we play better teams."

Julmiste is right they do need to get that out of their games, but they need to get it out sooner than later because penalties are the one thing that can allow UCF to stay in the game next week. Besides penalties special teams, namely the field goal unit must get it's act together. Mike Benzer has missed to many kicks. Regardless of his age he needs to get back on track. After the game coach Leavitt said they were going to go with Kyly Bronson for now.

There were also a couple firsts' Saturday night. Courtney Denson threw his first touchdown and on the same play Cedric Hill caught his first touchdown. Carlton Hill saw his first snaps behind center, and Amarri Jackson nearly had his first punt return for a touchdown but it got called back.

Overall it was a good win for the USF Bulls, no major injuries and their confidence was lifted. If they can start-up that running game again next week Bulls fans will have a lot to cheer about when they take on their rivals from down the street, UCF. Hopefully it will be another packed house and the atmosphere will be electric once again at Raymond James.

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