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The No. 19 Bulls scored 24 second half points to down Stony Brook, 31-17 in the 2017 home opener. USF extended their nation-leading streak of 30-plus point games to 19 in the process. Here are the highlights from the matchup.

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๐ŸŽฅ Stony Brook vs. South Florida Highlights 2017

Powered by a 24-point second half, 19th-ranked USF improved to 20-1 in home openers with a 31-17 victory over Stony Brook on Saturday. Tyre McCants (Niceville, Fla.) put USF (2-0) ahead for the final time with a 65-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter and led the team with 74 receiving yards. Darius Ticeโ€™s second touchdown of the day extended the Bullsโ€™ nation-leading streak of 30-plus point games to 19.

Senior quarterback Quinton Flowers (Miami) threw two touchdown passes and led the Bullsโ€™ rushing attack with 67 yards to move into a tie for second on USFโ€™s career rushing list with 2,731 yards. Marquez Valdes-Scantling (St. Petersburg) gave USF its first lead with a 6-yard TD catch in the third quarter and led the Bulls with four receptions.

USFโ€™s defense limited Stony Brook to 229 yards (137 passing) and posted five sacks and 12.0 tackles for loss. The Bulls also collected at least two takeaways for the second straight outing. Mazzi Wilkins (Tampa) set up USFโ€™s final score with an interception deep in Stony Brook territory and Devin Abraham (Tarpon Springs) hauled in his second pick of the season in the final minute.

Auggie Sanchez (St. Petersburg) posted a team-high 12 tackles and had one of USFโ€™s 12 tackles for loss. Fellow linebacker Nico Sawtelle (Jensen Beach, Fla.) recorded a career-high 10 tackles and registered one of the Bullsโ€™ five total sacks.

Down, 7-0, USF evened up the score on its third drive of the game with a 1-yard touchdown run by Tice (Miami). USFโ€™s nine-play, 73-yard drive was highlighted by Flowersโ€™ 14-yard run and a 17-yard catch by Elkanah Dillon (Ocala, Fla.) that set the Bulls up at the Stony Brook 6-yard line.

Stony Brook (0-1) took a 10-7 lead to the halftime locker room before the Bulls got things rolling on offense late in the third quarter. Valdes-Scantlingโ€™s acrobatic 6-yard touchdown catch gave USF its first lead with 2:43 left in the quarter and capped an 18-play, 80-play drive. Mitchell Wilcoxโ€™s 20-yard reception got the Bulls into Seawolves territory and Temi Alakaโ€™s 15-yard catch set USF up for the score.

Tajee Fullwoodโ€™s 46-yard punt return on the ensuing drive put the Bulls back in the red zone, where USF was 4-of-4 on the day, and Emilio Nadelman (Miami) extended the lead to 17-10 with a 33-yard field goal with 32 seconds left in the third quarter. Fullwood (Tampa) finished with a career-high 85 punt return yards and just three returns (28.3 ypr).

After Stony Brook tied things up at 17-17, USF jumped back ahead in explosive fashion with McCantsโ€™ 65-yard touchdown reception with 11:23 remaining.

Wilkinsโ€™ second pick of the season set USF up at the Stony Brook 25 and Tice put the game away four plays later with a 14-yard touchdown run with 1:40 remaining.

Via USF Athletics

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