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         === Hurricanes and Bulls clash in Sunshine State showdown ===
 
 Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - The 15th-ranked Hurricanes will try to collect
 their sixth consecutive victory when Miami-Florida takes on the South Florida
 Bulls in a non-conference matchup at Raymond James Stadium.
 
 Al Golden's Hurricanes improved to 3-0 on the campaign and won their fifth
 game in a row dating back to last season as they completed a 77-7 rout of
 Savannah State in week four. The team broke the previous school record of 75
 points set in 1954 in the process. This will be Miami's first road test of the
 season and also its final contest before its ACC opener versus Georgia Tech.
 Golden's squad has also defeated Florida Atlantic (34-6) and Florida (21-16).
 
 South Florida fell to 0-3 under Willie Taggart in week three as it dropped a
 28-10 home game to Florida Atlantic. The Bulls were embarrassed in a season-
 opening 53-21 loss to McNeese State before being defeated 21-6 at Michigan
 State. Taggart's team had a much needed week off to prepare for its encounter
 with the nationally-ranked Hurricanes.
 
 It's about us getting better and seeing how good we can be,"  Taggart said
 before Tuesday's practice. It's never about our opponent. It's all about us. I
 do know if we play like we're capable of playing, we can play with anyone in
 the country. But if we don't play the way we are capable, we can lose to
 anybody in the country, too."
 
 Miami's attack was still dominant last week even after quarterback Stephen
 Morris left the game due to a sprained ankle. Morris is listed as questionable
 for this game. He has thrown for 404 yards with four touchdowns to a pair of
 interceptions on 30-of-56 efficiency in 2013. Golden has a solid backup signal
 caller in Ryan Williams, who has completed 14-of-17 pass attempts for 216
 yards and two scores in relief work.
 
 "Ryan has been doing great in practice," said Golden on his second string
 quarterback. "He doesn't get that many opportunities, so it was a great
 opportunity for him. It came at a point in the game when we weren't pulling
 the reins back at that point. He had to run the whole offense and he did."
 
 Allen Hurns is the main target in Miami's aerial attack with 11 catches for
 194 yards and a touchdown. The senior wideout enters this week just 77
 receiving yards shy of the 1,000-mark for his career. Tight end Clive Walford
 is also having a productive season so far with 108 yards seven receptions and
 a score. The Hurricanes' passing attack has flourished thanks to the strong
 play of the offensive line, which has allowed only two sacks through three
 games.
 
 Miami's offensive line has also cleared rushing lanes for tailback Duke
 Johnson, who is second in the ACC with 168.3 all-purpose yards per game.
 Johnson has amassed a team-best 304 yards on the ground and became the first
 player in school history with at least three kickoff returns of 95 yards or
 longer thanks to his near touchdown on the opening play against Savannah
 State. The sophomore tailback has scored a touchdown in seven consecutive
 games dating back to last year.
 
 The Hurricanes have played exceptionally well on the defensive side of the
 ball as well. They enter week five ranked first among FBS programs in turnover
 margin (2.7) and seventh in scoring defense (9.7 ppg). Miami is also fourth
 nationally in both pass efficiency defense and red zone defense. Golden's team
 has allowed only three touchdowns in as many games. Junior linebacker Denzel
 Perryman has registered a team-leading total of 20 tackles.
 
 Despite Taggart's confidence in the Bulls, they have yet to show they are
 capable of producing against a top tier program like Miami. USF is averaging
 only 264.7 yards of total offense and 12.3 points per game, which place them
 119th and 118th, respectively, among FBS programs.
 
 The Bulls have one reliable player in Marcus Shaw, who piled up 159 yards on
 22 carries in the loss to FAU. The senior halfback is gaining 132.7 rushing
 yards per game with an average of seven yards per carry. His season total of
 398 yards on the ground is nearly equal to the Bulls' 405 passing yards.
 
 USF's passing attack has already seen three different players try and fail
 under center. Bobby Eveld started last game, but was benched after fumbling on
 the second possession. Steven Bench took over but completed just 8-of-23 pass
 attempts for 129 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Including third
 stringer Matt Floyd, the Bulls' quarterbacks are completing only 37.4 percent
 of their attempts with three touchdowns to four interceptions.
 
 The Bulls gave up 28 points to FAU in their last appearance, but half of the
 Owls' points came courtesy of interception returns for touchdowns. USF has
 been much more steady on the defensive side of the ball with only 305.7 yards
 allowed per game, but it can have trouble against the run and allowed 53
 points to an FCS foe. Senior linebacker Devekeyan Lattimore has been USF's
 enforcer, recording 31 total tackles and an interception through the team's
 first three games.
 
 
 
 
 09/25 10:40:04 ET

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