Raymond James Stadium; Tampa, Fla
CBS Sports Network
How much will a triple-overtime loss in Week One affect Northern Illinois in Week Two? Saturday’s action will tell the tale, but having South Florida on the schedule likely didn’t give NIU much time to dwell on the past. The Bulls cruised past Towson, 56-20. As was the case last week, Northern Illinois will . . .
South Florida Bulls (1-0, 0-0 American Athletic)
● USF returns 14 starters – seven on each side of the ball -- and 56 letterwinners from a team that finished 8-5overall and 6-2 in the AAC.
● The Bulls led Towson 28-10 at the half and pulled away by outscoring the Tigers 21-7 in the third quarter.
● USF owned a 444-292 advantage in total yards and owned a plus-2 advantage in turnover margin.
● Quarterback Quinton Flowers completed 8 of 18 passes for 178 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. Brett Kean followed, completing 5 of 7 for 52 yards and two scores.
● Ten USF receivers caught passes, the two players pulling in three apiece for 79 yards (each).
● South Florida totaled 214 yards rushing. Marion Mack (9 carries, 58 yards, 1 TD) and Quinton Flowers (9 carries, 46 yards, 2 TDs) led the way. Five players had at least four carries.
● Nigel Harris recorded six stops and one interception (returned it 49 yards).
Tajee Fullwood led USF in tackles (7), while Malik Dixon owned six tackles and a sack.
Northern Illinois Huskies (0-1, 0-0 MAC)
● Quarterback Drew Hare, seeing his first game action since an injury took him down last season, completed 24 of 39 for 329 yards and three touchdowns in his return.
● WR Kenny Golladay led NIU in rushing and receiving. The senior carried six times for 82 yards and one touchdown. He also recorded 10 catches for 144 yards and two scores.
● RB Joel Bouagnon rushed 10 times for just 16 yards. He also had six catches for 42 yards. Christian Blake (4 receptions/82 yards) and Shane Wimann (2 receptions/41 yards, 1 TD) also contributed.
● Jacob Ambrose averaged 42.0 yards per punt on six boots.