Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Bulls Showed More Spirit in This Game

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Bulls Showed More Spirit in This Game

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B.J. Daniels had just scored on a 1-yard run, sweeping into a corner of the end zone at Raymond James Stadium, not far from where a group of USF Bulls fans cheered wildly in the stands.

All throughout Ray Jay, the green-colored shirts erupted, while the garnet ones slumped. The USF cheerleaders pumped and pushed and prodded their green and gold pom-poms as though charged by an electrical current.

Nearly half the game remained, the Bulls trailed the fourth- ranked Seminoles 13-10, and even those without a firm grasp of history may have wondered the same thing in unison:

Might The Revenge become The Repeat?

It might have, but didn't. With 11:55 left in the third quarter, down by three, The Little Engine That Thought It Could had arrived at the summit, with nowhere else to go but the inevitable and painful ride back down.

Still, if revenge is a dish best served cold, the 'Noles needed to put this one back in the fridge for a bit longer. Chilled, but not iced. FSU might take from its 30-17 victory over the Bulls the reminder that, on its own turf, fueled by the passion that accompanies any in-state matchup, the home team won't simply roll over.

From Skip Holtz's squad, there was none of that. They fought and battled Jimbo Fisher's team of superior athletes, in front of a record USF crowd of 69,383.

See, Ray Jay is still capable of selling out. Today against the Redskins, the Bucs may question that fact.

Saturday night was touted as FSU's chance to avenge a 17-7 loss to the Bulls back in 2009. It didn't matter that the two head coaches that day, Bobby Bowden and Jim Leavitt, are somewhere other than standing on the sidelines, or that only 23 players remain on both teams from that Saturday afternoon in Tallahassee three years ago.

This was FSU's opportunity to chop the Bulls, then chop them some more. A chance to follow up victories over Murray State, Savannah State, Wake Forest and Clemson with another, this one even sweeter, before heading into the meat of its ACC schedule. …

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