USF Runs By Illinois 47-23: 3 Things That Matter
Check out 3 Things That Matter about USF’s 47-23 win over Illinois.
USF 47, Illinois 23
USF’s Big Moment
It might not have been a win worthy of putting USF in the College Football Playoff chase, but it sure was impressive.
The Bulls got three 100-yard rushers against an Illinois defense that is – and should’ve – been far stronger up front and far better at stopping the avalanche.
Quinton Flowers ran for 106 yards – with 280 passing yards and four scores – Darius Rice ran for 105 yards and a score, and D’Ernest Johnson ran for 101 yards as part of a 376-yard day.
Meanwhile, the defense was great against the Illinois ground attack, there were answers whenever needed, and on a national stage, the team came up with what might turn out to be its biggest win of the season.
Now the Bulls need Illinois to go on a tear to make this look better.
There’s a quarterback controversy now? Chayce Crouch completed just 8-of-18 passes for 76 yards with a pick, but Jeff George threw for 211 yards – with a touchdown and two interceptions.
There’s no running game now? The Illini were stuffed early and gave up running, finishing with 67 yards and two scores.
There’s no defense now? This is why you hired Lovie Smith, and his team just gave up 680 yards of total offense and didn’t have the ball for over 38 minutes.
USF might be really good, and this loss doesn’t mean it can’t still be a great season, but Illinois was the Big Ten team in this game, and it just got steamrolled.
3. Penalties, Penalties, Penalties
The three Illinois turnovers were bad, the USF special teams miscue for two Illini points were a problem, and there were misfires and another blocked kick in a rocky start. But more than anything else, this game was about three things …
Penalties, penalties, penalties.
Okay, and Quintin Flowers and the USF offense looking amazing, but the Bulls were hit for 16 penalties for 155 yards – including a targeting call – while Illinois was flagged 15 times for 138 yards.