South Florida reveled in the national spotlight last Saturday. In year one at the helm, Alex Golesh’s Bulls gave the Nick Saban Alabama dynasty all it could handle, refusing to give the Crimson Tide any semblance of separation until the late fourth quarter.
A 17-3 defeat is still a defeat, but the confidence it instilled in this South Florida squad certainly showed in the follow-up act. The Bulls took the field at Raymond James Stadium once again for their conference opener against the AAC newcomer Rice Owls. And thanks to an explosive second half from Byrum Brown and the offense, the Bulls charged past Rice in convincing, 42-29 fashion.