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2-1, 1st in Big Ten - West
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Flowers dazzles in USF victory (1:10)

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Despite the penalties and special teams mistakes, USF played its best game and dominated in ways many expected when the season began. Illinois is clearly in need of some answers, especially at quarterback.

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Jeff George Jr. has thrown for 197 yards but here is the key difference between him and starter Chayce Crouch. George has averaged 12.3 yards per attempt; Crouch averaged 4.2 yards per attempt before getting pulled.

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Illinois coach Lovie Smith might have a quarterback controversy on his hands between Chayce Crouch and Jeff George Jr. George just led a touchdown drive and has outplayed Crouch considerably in the pass game.

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Illinois brought quarterback Jeff George Jr. in hoping to spark the offense, but it was more of the same -- both his third-quarter drives ended in punts. Through nearly three quarters, the Illini have run just 38 plays.

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Valdes-Scantling gets his second TD of the night (0:39)

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

USF offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert told me pregame he had a good feeling about his offense going into the Illinois game. If there's been a bright spot it's been his unit's play in the run game: 239 yards on the ground in the first half.

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

USF and Illinois played an ugly first half, capped with a combined 26 penalties between them. The record for most combined penalties in a game is 36 by San Jose State and Fresno State on Oct. 4, 1986.

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Illinois RB breaks free for a 45-yard TD (0:49)
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Tice runs in for a 10-yard TD (0:29)

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Illinois had more penalties (7) than rush yards (6) in the first quarter, and that pretty much sums up the way the Illini offense has played so far.

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Adams intercepts Flowers' pass in the end zone (0:46)

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

USF went into its game against Illinois tied for last in blocked kicks allowed, with two. That number has doubled to four in the first quarter alone, as the Bulls had a field goal and extra point attempted blocked.

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Illinois picks up two points on a blocked extra point (0:40)
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Flowers connects with Antoine for a TD (0:28)

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

The Illinois-USF game has begun but not the way the Bulls wanted. Special teams miscues have plagued this team and it happened again on the first drive when Emilio Nadelman's 36-yard field goal attempt was blocked.

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Illinois' Gay blocks USF field goal (0:47)

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Kickoff between USF and Illinois has been delayed until 7:30 pm ET due to weather in the area.

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Illinois players are going through drills in the Raymond James Stadium tunnel, waiting for the rain to pass outside before their game against USF.

ESPN Stats & Information

USF favored over Illinois

The Bulls' matchup vs. Illinois will go on as scheduled after the game was in doubt due to Hurricane Irma. South Florida's Charlie Strong is looking to start 3-0 for the first time since 2013 at Louisville and for the third time as a head coach.

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10dAdam Rittenberg

USF to play home game in Tampa as scheduled

South Florida's home game Friday night at Raymond James Stadium against Illinois will take place as scheduled. The game's status was in doubt after Hurricane Irma passed through Tampa over the weekend.

Team Stats

Passing Yards179.7106th
Rushing Yards110.3106th
Points For21.7108th
Points Against25.072nd

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