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USF football notes: Bulls offense gains confidence

TAMPA — With newfound offensive confidence, the University of South Florida Bulls (2-6, 2-2 American Athletic Conference) will carry a rejuvenated feeling into Saturday night’s home game against the Memphis Tigers (2-6, 0-4).

The Bulls still rank last in the AAC and 121st nationally in total offense (256 yards per game). But true freshman QB Mike White made all the difference in USF’s 35-23 loss at Houston on Halloween night.

White was 26 of 43 for 311 yards. The Bulls gained a season-high 364 yards and generated 18 first downs.

“We saw some light,” USF coach Willie Taggart said during Monday’s AAC teleconference. “We have an offense that can go. It’s exciting to think what this offense can be. We’ve been saying all along if we can get our offense going, we’ll be so much better of a football team.”

White was the fourth quarterabck to start in USF’s eight games this season.

“Obviously, they threw the ball with more efficiency,” said Memphis coach Justin Fuente, whose Tigers are coming off a 21-6 win against Tennessee-Martin. “One game is far from a full body of work. I would assume — and I don’t want to put words in Willie’s mouth — they kind of have their guy they’re ready to move forward with, at least by the way he played in the Houston game.

“They have played several (quarterbacks) and you need to be prepared for various scenarios. ...For us, it’s good to see (on film) the people you’ll be playing against.”

GAME TIME SET: USF’s home game against SMU on Nov. 23 was set for kickoff at 7 p.m. It will be shown on. ESPN3.

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